Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ten Fruits You Should Be Eating

Fruits are an important food group in everybody's diet. Fruit packs many health benefits. It is recommended that you have a variety of fruits in your diet, but the following list is what I consider to be 10 very important fruits.

Apples - An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Apples are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that defend against sickness by fighting off free radicals. The skin of the apple contains pection that has 5g of fiber. Both soluble that helps lower cholesterol and insoluble that keeps you regular. Also, they contain powerful flaonoids that reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Apricots - They are a great source of vitamins A, C and E, potassium, iron and carotenoids. They also contain lycopenece that helps protect your eyes, prevent heart disease and ward off certain cancers. Apricots are also full of fiber.

Bananas - Contain about 400 mg of potassium, which helps lower your risk of high blood pressure and stroke and also plays an important role in muscle function. Bananas are a great natural energy source and are also high in fiber.

Blueberries - Rich in antioxidants that help prevernt macular degeneration and help fight against cancer. They can prevent against brain damage that leads to Alzheimer's disease. Also, they can help protect against urinary tract infections because they make it hard for the bacteria to stick to the urinary tract walls.

Cantaloupe - Can help reduce inflammation, boost immunity and help protect your skin from sunburn. They can also prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cantaloupes are packed with vitamin C, potassium and carotenoid antioxidants.

Cherries - Are rich in iron and disease fighting flavonoids. They also contain potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, folate and carotenoids which protect the heart. Cherries can greatly decrease inflammation, arthritic pain, cancer risk and poor cholesterol.

Grapes - Dark colored grapes contain flavonoids, anthocyanins and resveratrol, which have been shown to help prevent cancer and heart disease. They are also full of iron, potassium, fiber and plenty of powerful disease fighting antioxidants.

Kiwis - Full of vitamin C and are an excellent source of potassium, magnesium and vitamins A and E. Kiwis can boost the immune system and prevent respiratory diseases.

Oranges - Oranges are loaded with vitamin C. One orange gives you almost your full day's dose of vitamin C. They also contain hesperidin, a phytochemical which can lower triglyceride and blood cholesterol levels.

Pineapples - Contain a natural enzyme called bromelain, which beak down protein and helps aid in digestion. Bromelain may also help prevent blood clots, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and speed up the healing of a wound.

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