We all know that it’s important to eat fruit. We pride ourselves in having a healthy lifestyle if we eat at least one piece of this food group every day. Apparently, researchers (and I don’t always believe their views) have determined that there are right and wrong ways of eating fruit. I’ve also included a list of some of the popular ones and a brief description of a few nutrients and minerals we get from them.
Fruit is to be eaten on an empty stomach
The reason some people have heart burns and upset stomach after eating fruit is because the acids and juices, when mixed with other foods like bread, ferment and produce gas.
Never cook fruit
Fruit vitamins cannot withstand high temperatures. Nutrients evaporate when fruit is cooked, leaving most of the taste but none of the substance.
Fruit better than fruit juice
In order for your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals fruit offer, they need to be mixed with your saliva. This is why gulping down fruit juice is a waste of time. Drink slowly when drinking fruit juices to allow them to stay in your mouth for longer.
Fruit gives you:
Lycopene: cancer fighting oxidant.
Glutathione: immune-system booster.
It’s 92% water so is the best thirst quencher you can find.
Antioxidants: protect the body from free radicals that cause cancer and clog blood vessels.
Potassium: important for cell, tissue and organ function. It’s also vital for skeletal and smooth muscle contraction. Potassium also plays an important role in the digestive process.
Magnesuim: vital in the production of protein in the body.
Vitamin E: essential in keeping the cells in your body healthy. Vitamin E is very active in the prevention of diseases and ill health. Unfortunately, it’s destroyed by heat.
Fibre: keeps the digestive system healthy. It helps us to process the food we eat and absorb nutrients. It also lowers blood cholesterol and controls your blood sugar levels (which controls appetite).
Vitamin C: one kiwi fruit contains twice the vitamin C of an orange. Vitamin C is an all rounder, enhancing good health and possessing anti-inflammatory properties.
Antioxidants: this is very important in keeping cancer forming cells away. It also helps in blood flow, which maintains good health throughout the body.
Flavonoids: have anti-allergic, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. They actively enhance the Vitamin C present in the other fruit we eat, keeping the heart healthy.
Vitamin C: helps to keep the colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
GUAVA AND PAPAYA
Vitamin C: These contain extremely high Vitamin C content. Guava is rich in fibre and Papaya contains a large amount of carotene.
What are your favourites out of this list? Do you have a super fruit you like eating every day?