We all know that fruits and vegetables are healthy, particularly if they are non-GMO and organically grown. Most of us also have at least a basic understanding of the fact that green, leafy vegetables are some of the best of all. However, when it comes to fruits, we tend to have less knowledge. One of the reasons for this is that fruits are sweet, which means we tend to see them as treats. It is certainly true that certain fruits are filled with sugar and should be eaten with moderation. However, these sugars are natural, rather than the refined products we use in cooking and drinks. Additionally, just like the body needs certain fats, it needs sugars as well. So what are the three healthiest fruits that everybody should include in their diet?
The old saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay. This is an age-old expression that predates modern science and understanding of health care. However, it seems as if our ancestors were on to something, because apples, which are either green or red in color, are a true superfruit.
Apples are a great fiber source, but the skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that packs antihistamine and anti-inflammatory power, and therefore may help protect you from heart disease and possibly allergic reactions.
You will notice that the skin is mentioned here and you should indeed not peel an apple if you want to get all the benefits that this fruit offers you. If you can commit to eating five apples a week, for instance by adding one to you daily lunch packet, your lung function will be noticeably improved. This has been scientifically proven in a range of different studies.
Raspberries are gorgeous little fruits. They are very easy to grow, which is a great way for you to make sure that you have truly organic berries. Additionally, if you have kids, growing your own is a great way to encourage them to eat more healthy foods and to teach them where food actually comes from. The fact that raspberries are also incredibly healthy is a welcome bonus.
Raspberries are very high in antioxidants, a family of compounds that have been shown to help with cancer prevention.
This has been published in the “Journal of Nutrition.” Additionally, raspberries are very high in fiber and very low in calories. This means that they fill you up while keeping your calorific intake down.
Strawberries are an other easy and fun to grow fruit that you can have at home. Indeed, they grow as well in the ground as what they do in containers, so it is an easy way to get the kids involved in healthy eating even if you are low on space. Although strawberries are often seen as a dessert snack, they are actually incredibly healthy.
A daily handful helps control type 2 diabetes and stave off heart disease and inflammation. Strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants.
We know that we should consume at least five portions of fruits and vegetables per day. However, now that so many of our fruits and veg are full of pesticides and GMOs, it is actually recommended to eat seven portions instead. If you grow them yourself, however, you can return to five portions if you want to, although there is no such thing as too much when it comes to vegetables either. The three fruits mentioned above are easy to grow, super tasty for the entire family and incredibly healthy. Give yourself the gift of health with tasty snacks.