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Fruits: What Have they Done for You Lately?

by Bethaney Wallace on Jun 12, 2012

Without even knowing it, our bodies are absorbing vitamins and nutrients on a daily basis. Depending on the dietary choices we make, our digestive systems go through each ingredient, extract its nutritional value, and toss aside the remains. The healthier food choices we make, the more vitamins that can be gained from each meal. But when it comes to individual pieces of produce, what does each item provide? Yes it’s true that all fresh ingredients have plenty to offer, but what are their stats? How do you know which items bring which nutrients to the table?

According to the FDA, fruits are one of the healthiest food options available. They offer minimal calorie and fat values – zero in both categories for many – while still providing a solid percentage of our daily vitamin intakes, including vitamin A, C, protein, calcium, fiber, carbs, potassium, and iron.For example, by eating only a half grapefruit per day, a person gains 35 percent of vitamin A, 100 percent of vitamin C, and more, while only taking in 60 calories and 11 grams of natural sugars.And that’s just looking at a half grapefruit. Combining this intake with other fruits can significantly raise vitamin percentages without adding in carbs or trans fats.

In contrast, the average juice (unless freshly squeezed) provides much lower amounts of nutrition with higher amounts of calories, sugars, and carbs.

(To find out more about the nutritional value of specific fruits, check with the attached chart.)

What else does fruit have to offer?

Fruits Include:

  • Fiber and minerals, both of which are important to regulating our digestive and immune systems, as well as keeping up health and vitamin levels. Both ingredients are an imperative part of everyday diets and should be consumed regularly.
  • Natural abilities to lower cholesterol and levels of unhealthy fats. Risks such as heart disease or cholesterol-induced sicknesses have been shown to be reduced by regular doses of fresh fruits.
  • Antioxidants, asubstance that works to clean out toxins, unhealthy ingredients, and even stress. Antioxidants can also lower one’s risk for disease and work to repair current damage within cells.
  • Anthocyanins, an ingredient that helps ward off sickness, including cancer, infection, etc. by cleansing the body of unnatural factors. They also work to promote anti-aging capabilities by encouraging cell regrowth.

Just by meeting the recommended daily fruit intake, one can improve their health on multiple fronts, including reducing the effects of aging, regulating vitamin levels, and increase the body’s ability to ward off sickness and germs. And all it takes is two-three servings of fresh fruits each day. (One serving is equal to about 250 grams of fruit, not taking into account peelings, seeds, and skins that won’t be consumed.)

Fruits can be included into one’s diet in a variety of ways. Try new recipes, head to the farmer’s market, or grow your own when weather permits – and don’t forget to use your Zinger for a fresh way to eat healthy. By attacking the fruit front from all angles, the tastiest and most nutritional results possible.