The USDA currently recommends adults and children to consume roughly two cups of fruit per day. Fruit plays an important role in a healthy, balanced diet. It contains vitamins, fiber, water and other beneficial nutrients. But not all fruits are made equal, as some contains more nutrients than others. So, which fruits offer the greatest benefit to your health?
For most fruits, organic is the best choice. For many fruits it’s imperative to avoid pesticides and other toxins. You can get an app on EWG.org that will give you a list of the worst and best choices..
One of the most nutritious fruits on the planet is blueberries. Although small in size, they pack a significant amount of nutritional value, due largely in part to their antioxidants. Blueberries are ranked as boasting more antioxidants than most other fruits. These antioxidants work to protect against illness and disease by neutralizing cell-damaging free radicals.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This naturally sweet and satisfying fruit contains a plethora of vitamins and beneficial nutrients, some of which include vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and iron. Oh yeah, and it’s loaded in fiber, which assists in a healthy digestive system.
Although tart, grapefruits are an excellent fruit that promotes good health and well-being. More specifically, half of a grapefruit contains roughly 75% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. All of that vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system and protect against infectious illness. If the tartness of grapefruit is too much for your to handle, consider juicing it and mixing the juice with something sweeter like apple juice.
We can’t talk about nutritious fruits without mentioning bananas. A single banana contains a whopping 422mg of potassium, along with a variety of different vitamins and nutrients.
In addition to blueberries, another beneficial berry is strawberries. Strawberries are also loaded in vitamin C, promoting a healthy immune system that’s better equipped to protect the body from infectious disease and illness.
These are just a few of the most nutritious fruits. The truth is that most fruits are beneficial in some way. So rather than worrying about which fruit is best, choose fruits that you actually enjoy eating. After all, you probably won’t consume a fruit if it doesn’t taste good, regardless of its nutritional value.
Contact Rodney Dunetz, AP, DOM, Dipl.Ac. (Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Nationally Board Certified “Diplomate in Acupuncture” at (561) 789-9558 to learn how you can get back on track to better health today!