We love fruits because of their juicy and sweet taste but most importantly, because of the many benefits of its consumption. For this, we have many reasons to be best friends with fruits.
So what exactly are fruits? Fruits are the edible fleshy parts of plants edible in their raw state. They are usually either sweet or sour and examples include banana, strawberry, orange, guava, lemon, avocados, pawpaw etc.
Fruits are very nutritious and delicious, and it’s difficult to comprehend when someone says that they do not like eating fruits. While it’s okay to not like a particular fruit, it is not, to dislike fruits in general! This is because they are beneficial for your overall health and well-being – they help you stay healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are concerned about how your skin looks.
Fruits have many health benefits when consumed. They are known to be a good source of vitamins and minerals and play a major role in preventing vitamin A and C deficiencies. They also prevent a wide range of chronic diseases.
Here are some of the benefits of eating fruits:
- Aids Digestion
Fruits provide fiber to help you stay full and keep your digestive system happy by running smoothly. They help to keep the bowel movements regular and thus, prevent constipation and cases of indigestion.
- Energy Boost
The vitamins and minerals in fruits help you stay healthy and energized. So when you eat fruits, your energy supply increases. This is why an athlete will eat fruits during and after his exercise session. Pregnant women are also advised to have diets heavy in fruits – to help increase their energy levels.
- Naturally Low In Calories
People looking to lose weight or prevent weight gain should start living on a fruit-based diet. Fruits are low in calories.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables with low fat and sugar saturation combined with adequate physical exercise is the key.
- Reduces The Risk Of Diseases
Fruits are a major source of vitamins and nutrients, including -potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folate (folic acid). All these are vital for health and maintenance of our bodies. Fruits like banana, apple, berries, apricots, grapefruits and oranges that contain carotenoids, fiber, magnesium, and potassium are great for protecting your heart against diseases.
The potassium in bananas may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate to help prevent neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida.
The vitamins (vitamin A, B6, C, E, K) and folate present in fruits, all help in regulating the cholesterol levels and help to prevent heart diseases like stroke, atherosclerosis, and heart attack.
- Research also suggests that eating fruits can help promote the emotional well-being amongst the young ones.
The fun part of eating fruits include:
– They add color, texture and appeal to your plates.
– They are convenient and can be eaten in any form – whether canned, dried, fresh, frozen or even as juices.
– Fun to eat – some you crunch while others, you peel.
– Fruits come in many varieties. There’s always a new fruit for you to try out. They also serve as snacks for those who do not want to have a heavy meal for lunch, because fruits are perfect as munchies.
These and many more are just reasons you should be best friends with fruits.
Learn to eat healthily, eat fruits every day!