This is a guest post from Wendy from Colon Cleanse Zone.
We all know that getting in plenty of fruits and vegetables is the smartest thing we can do for our health on a regular basis. Sadly though, many of us do not take this information to heart. Instead we pack our diet with ‘fruit and vegetable replacements’ such as fruit juice, V8 juice, fruit flavoured bars, fruit cups, and so on.
While these will provide some nutrition, you’re really missing out on everything whole fruit has to offer, so you’ll be so much better off if you just go with the decision to have real fruit instead.
Let’s take a quick peek at a list of the healthiest fruits you should be eating regularly.
Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse that will help to fend off disease and keep you healthy. Each day your body is going to come into contact with a variety of substances called free radicals, all which could potentially cause harm.
By eating foods rich in these antioxidants, you help to protect the body so no harm is done. Blueberries only contain about 50 calories per half a cup, so they are a great addition to any diet.
If you’re trying to increase the fiber content of your diet, blackberries should be your fruit of choice. A one cup serving provides a whopping 7.6 grams of fiber. This will help to keep you feeling full and prevent snacking later on throughout the day.
The great thing about apples is first, they contain a high amount of dietary fiber, and second, the pectin that’s found in apples will go a long way towards keeping your insulin levels under control.
This is very helpful for those who tend to have sensitive blood sugar levels and experience energy crashes throughout the day. At about 80 calories per apple, you really can’t go wrong with this choice.
If you commonly stick with the more traditional fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas, it might just be time to branch out and try something else. Papaya’s are a great source of B vitamins, as well as provide you with vitamin E, folate, and fiber.
One fruit that many people forget about entirely because often they don’t really even consider it a fruit is avocado. This is a big mistake because this is a form of fruit you should be including in your diet and it will be a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat.
In addition to this, another fact that most people don’t realize is that avocado actually contains more potassium than a banana, which is the fruit commonly eaten for potassium purposes.
Finally, don’t forget to add some pineapple to your week as well. This fruit contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which has been shown to help prevent cancer development. Pineapple is also going to help support the immune system, keeping you free from illness.
So don’t just rely on the classic standbys. Increase the variety of fruits you’re consuming in your typically daily diet to see better results and add more flavour to your day at the same time.
About the Author: Wendy is currently writing a book about moderate health strategies to achieve maximum weight loss. She also currently writes frequently for the Colon Cleanse Zone.