A-Z of 21 Fruit & Vegetables and their Health Benefits
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, may protect against certain types of cancers and may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
It has always been say “Eat 5 a Day” but over time the loss of nutrients in the produce, soil and loss through cross-breading. It is recommended to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Here are the A-Z of 21 Fruit & Vegetables and their Health Benefits
Benefits of Aloe
Highly regarded for anti-inflammatory & healing properties.
Beneficial in the treatment of skin conditions.
Used to quickly heal wounds, burns and frostbite.
Helps alleviate arthritic joint pain and inflammation.
Aloe gel is great for muscle recovery after a workout.
Benefits of Blueberries
Rich in anthocyanin which helps reduce inflammation. Boosts cognitive functioning and protects the brain from short term memory loss. Wild blueberries are smaller and contain more anthocyanin
Benefits of Coconuts
One of the most perfect foods
Fleshy meat is loaded with protein and fibre
The Oil has been linked to weight loss
The Water from the inside of a young coconut is natures best sports energy drink
Benefits of Dates
Dates help in boosting body energy levels quickly. It’s laxative nature that helps cure common constipation problems. The higher levels of soluble fibre relax the bowel movements. With over 2000 varieties of dates, they grow on palm tree known as date palm. Medjool dates are one of the famous variety
Benefits of Eggplant
Low in calories and sodium, eggplants have a phytochemical called monoterpene that may help prevent cancer cell growth.
Benefits of Fennel
Fennel contains high levels of vitamin C, as well as folate, potassium and fibre, which all promote cardiovascular and colon health. As a low calorie vegetable, fennel is a great antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory food
Benefits of Grapes
Endowed with vitamins A, B, C and folate, and contain many important minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. The flavonoids found in grapes have antioxidant properties that can lessen the damage caused by free radicals, making them a great anti-aging fruit.
Benefits of Jicama
Low in calories, high in water and fibre content, give this root vegetable a try if you haven’t! It contains calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Because it has a very low GI, it is great for for diabetics and the low calories means its great for weight reduction.
Benefits of Kiwi
It is one of the only fruits to be green when it is ripe. You can scoop out the juicy green flesh with a spoon just like a boiled egg! One kiwi fruit contains all the vitamin C you need for a whole day. Vitamin C helps your body to heal cuts and bruises and to fight colds.
Benefits of Leek
These are in the same family as onion and garlic. Leeks contain notable quantities of vitamins A and K, along with healthy amounts of folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, and thiamin. May support heart health by keeping levels of homocysteine in balance
Benefits of Mango
They have a sweet and creamy taste and contain over 20 vitamins and minerals. 100% of the daily vitamin C, Decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
Benefits of Nectarines
They are indeed packed with numerous health promoting anti-oxidants, plant nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This fruit is a healthy source of some of B-complex vitamins and minerals. Juicy, delicious nectarines are low in calories
Benefits of Olives
Olives are unusual in their fat quality, because they provide almost three-quarters of their fat as oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. In addition to their function as antioxidants, many of the phytonutrients found in olives have well-documented anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of Pineapples
Pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, such as beta-carotene.
Benefits of Quince
Ripe quince fruit has good concentration of vitamin C. 100g fruit provides 15 mg or 25% of RDA of vitamin-C. Fruits rich in this vitamin help remove harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body. Vitamin C helps boost immunity, reduce viral episodes and inflammatory conditions.
Benefits of Raspberries
Eating one cup of raw raspberries will provide 54% of your vitamin C needs, 12% of vitamin K, 6% of folate, 5% of vitamin E, iron, and potassium, and 41% of manganese needs for the day. Raspberries contain the antioxidants alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and choline.
Benefits of Spinach
A lack of iron in your diet can effect how efficiently your body uses energy. Spinach is a great non-heme source of iron, along with lentils, tuna and eggs. Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.
Benefits of Tomato
The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene.
Benefits of Ugli Fruit
Ugli has a zero fat content which makes it a perfect fruit to be eaten in any proportions. As it doesn’t have any cholesterol, it eliminates the risk of heart diseases automatically. No fat and cholesterol fruit like ugli can be cherished all throughout the season. Ugli fruit also protects against kidney stone formation.
Benefits of Vanilla
Natural vanilla extract contains numerous antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin. Antioxidants protect your body from damage from harmful components, such as free radicals and toxins
Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. Despite being a great source of the above nutrients, watermelon is made up of 92% water.
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