We all know fruit is good for us, but have you ever wondered if some fruit varieties are better than others? Is there a gold medal winner in the fruit world that we should be eating every day for optimal health?
The answer is yes – and no.
While there is no singular champion in the fruit world, some fruits do offer more health benefits than others. Yes, they are all packed with goodness, but some have certain aspects of goodness that others don’t!
Let’s take a look at some of the front runners of the fruit world. These are the healthiest fruits you can eat in no particular order!
Which Are The Healthiest Fruits To Eat?
Apparently, the perfect healthy breakfast snack (according to the movies!) But, these orbs of citrus are far more than that. Snack on these brightly-coloured beauties to boost your vitamin C intake, improve your blood pressure, as well as manage your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
An enzyme found in pineapples called bromelain has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can aid in the digestion of proteins. Plus, one cup of pineapple gives you more than an entire day’s worth of vitamin C, and a good chunk of manganese.
There is a reason that these green globes have become so popular in the last few years. Low in sugar and carbs yet high in healthy fats, magnesium, and fibre – what's not to love about the glorious avocado!?
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Well, it can help! Regularly consuming apples could help reduce your cholesterol. Plus, the vitamin C and fibre make them a healthy snack. Bring on the apples!
High in vitamins K and C, pomegranates also pack a powerful antioxidant punch. In fact, they have two or three times more antioxidants than green tea or red wine!
Not a fan of citrus? Not to worry, the humble kiwifruit gives you a generous helping with the bonus of potassium, folate, magnesium, and B-vitamins. It also has the added benefit of keeping you regular.
A daily dose of lemon gives you vitamin C, folate, and potassium. They may also boost heart health and help reduce weight gain. They are also super versatile and can be added to many savoury and sweet meals to give a health-packed flavour boost.
The benefit for this yummy fruit is right there in the name! If you need to stay hydrated, watermelon is the clear winner. It’s 92 percent water! Oh, and it’s delicious too.
Berries are some of the healthiest fruits you can eat. They are a great addition to any meal plan and are all high in antioxidants! Raspberries are jam-packed with fibre (one cup contains eight grams) and can help stabilise blood sugar. Strawberries and blackberries give generous amounts of vitamin C. Cranberries can help prevent urinary tract infections, and blueberries are low GI and may help prevent dementia.
Aside from the well-known vitamin C boost, oranges have anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and possibly anti-cancer properties. And, we grow amazing varieties of oranges right here in Gisborne, the home of Twisted Citrus.
Bananas get a bad rep for being a “carb.” But they are also a powerhouse fruit full of soluble fibre. If you need an energy boost, bananas should be your go-to. They’re also high in potassium so are a great snack before mental or physical exercise.
Red and purple grapes contain resveratrol, which is essential for heart health. They also have polyphenolic compounds that can help protect your body from inflammation and cellular damage.
The darker the cherry, the higher the antioxidant content. Tart cherries especially can have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and have been shown to ease muscle and joint aches following exercise. Cherries also contain melatonin, a hormone that can help prevent insomnia.
Yum, who is hungry for fruit now?
Eating fruit alone won’t cure all that ails you, but as part of a balanced diet, it has numerous proven health benefits. The golden rule, according to the experts, is to “eat the rainbow.” So, fill your trolley (or virtual basket, in this case) with the healthiest fruits of all shades to keep all your nutritional bases covered!
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