Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions. Fruits and vegetables not only provide healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals but also add a natural glow to your skin.
Weight watchers should get happy knowing that most foods listed below aid in weight loss.
Here we bring you a small list of most commonly available fruits and vegetables available during the spring season.
Did you know…
…strawberries are not actually fruits as their seeds are on the outside? Strawberry plants are runners, and are not produced by seeds. They have an average of 200 seeds per fruit and are actually a member of the rose (rosaceae) family.
This red fleshed heart shaped and seeded coat with small, regal, leafy green caps beauty is enjoyable in the form of an ice cream and you can make tempting smoothies out of it.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red.
The kiwifruit, native to northern China, first arrived in New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century; it was then known as the Chinese Gooseberry. It was nicknamed kiwifruit because of the shared characteristics with New Zealand’s national symbol, the kiwi bird, which is also small, brown, and fuzzy.
Good news for diet conscious people is that Kiwis are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that they are high in nutrients and low in calories. You can decorate this exotic green fruit on a vanilla sponge cake or fruit tart.
Kiwi contains vitamin C which helps in collagen production and maintaining healthy skin tone and texture. Good Source of Dietary Fiber. Helps in Digestion. Good Source of Folate. Powerhouse of Vitamins and Minerals. Helps in reducing blood pressure, and preventing heart disease and stroke. Facilitates absorption of iron in body. This fruit is beneficial for a healthy fetus development in pregnancy.
Papayas grow in tropical climates and are also known as papaws or pawpaws. Their sweet taste, vibrant color, and the wide variety of health benefits they provide make them a popular fruit.
The papaya, an exotic and rare fruit, is now available at most times of the year. It can be added to salads, smoothies, and other dishes.
Papaya is rich in antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids, and vitamin C, as well as vitamin B (folate and pantothenic acid). It Protects Against Skin Damage. It is also a good source of fiber and minerals such as magnesium which improves Digestion. Together, these nutrients help improve cardiovascular health and protect against colon cancer. Papaya Fights Inflammation. Good news for weight watchers is that it helps in weight loss.
Apples are some of the most popular and delicious fruits on the planet. There is nothing like biting into a bright, red, juicy apple to quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your health in a major way.
Whether you have them as a stand-alone snack in the middle of a work-filled day or as part of salads, smoothies, pies or desserts, apples rarely disappoint.
When you’ll read the list of health benefits of this fruit you will say no doubt ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’
Apples deserve to be called “nutritional powerhouses”.
Vitamin C – a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body’s resistance against infectious agents. B-complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6) – these vitamins are key in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health. Thus aiding in treating anemia. Dietary fiber – help prevent the development of certain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising. Aid in digestion. Minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Okra is better known by its common name as lady finger or Gumbo. It is generally longish, slim, light green in color, slightly bent, and has a tapering end. It is possible that this name was given as it resembled the finger of a woman (lady). This high fiber vegetable is known for its high soluble and insoluble fiber content. This vegetable is usually used in many recipes and is also a part of many nutritional diets, as it is beneficial to the heart.
Contains high levels of vitamin A, B vitamins (B1, B2, B6), and vitamin C, and traces of zinc and calcium, make it an ideal vegetable to eat during pregnancy and also improving eyesight. It also serves as a supplement for fiber and folic acid. This helps prevent birth defects like spina bifida and can even stop constipation during pregnancy. Controls diabetes. Prevents anemia. Lowers high blood cholesterol.
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