What Fruits Are the Most Health-Giving and Why

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fruits_cFruits and berries are very health-giving. They help us to stay in shape and get enough vitamins and minerals. Especially they're good for children and people who's on diet, because most of fruits are non-fat and give us very little calories. And, of course, fruits and berries are very delicious and are great snacks for anybody.


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fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is important for growth, healing of wounds and healthy skin.

Summer berries are packed with vitamin C, which helps to strengthen the immune system and fight infections.

Blueberries are rich in vitamin C and also contain betacarotene. The blue pigment anthocyanin in the skin of the blueberries helps protect us against cancer. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits, mainly because of the anthocyanins in their skin.

Strawberries contain more vitamin C than other berry fruits, 100 g of will give an adult almost twice the daily recommended amount. They are also a good source of fibre and betacarotene and can help protect the body against cancer.

Raspberries are rich in vitamin C, which is needed for growth, healthy skin, bones and teeth and also helps the body to absorb iron from food. Raspberries are higher in folic acid and zinc than most fruits. Raspberries that are frozen are just as nutritious as fresh. Eating raspberries can increase resistance to and inhibit the growth of cancer cells because they contain ellagic acid, which is an anti-carcinogen.

Blackberries contain more vitamin E than any other fruit which is vital for the protection of the heart and arteries. They also contain vitamin C and iron.

Cranberries are rich in vitamin C: indeed, there ia as much vitamin C in a glass of cranberry juice as there is in a glass of orange juice.

Cranberry juice has long been used to help prevent and treat cystitis and other bladder, kidney and urinary tract infections. Cranberries are also a good source of vitamin C.

Apple puree is very easy to digest, so makes great baby food. InĀ  America the BRAT dietĀ  (that is banana, rice, apples and toast) is popular with doctors for the relief of diarrhoea. Pectin, the soluble fibre in apples, also helps fight against constipation.

Apricots are a good source of betacarotene and also contain fibre. Dried apricots are one of nature s great health foods. Dried apricots are a great source of betacarotene and are a good source of iron and potassium. The drying process increases their concentration. It is best to choose semi-dried apricots as they are nice and soft, but make sure they have not been treated with sulphur dioxide (E220) before drying in order to preserve the bright orange colour and to prevent fungal growth. This substance can trigger an asthma attack in susceptible babies. Dried fruits are rich in potassium which helps counteract the high salt content of fast foods like burgers and chips. Dried apricots make a good high-energy snack.

Avocados are sometimes thought of as a vegetable but they are actually a fruit and contain more nutrients than any other fruit. Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit and are rich in monounsaturated fat, the 'good' type of fat, which helps prevent heart disease. The high calorie consent of avocado makes them a good food for growing children.

Bananas are full of slow-release sugars, which provide sustained energy. They make perfect portable baby food as they come in their own easy-to-peel packaging. They are also good for the treatment of diarrhoea and constipation. Bananas contain high levels of potassium, which works with sodium to maintain the body's water balance, regulate blood pressure and maintain a normal heartbeat.

Cantaloupe (rock) melon is the most nutritious variety of melon. It is very sweet and rich in vitamin C and betacarotene.

Citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C which helps the absorption of iron from other foods, so try to give some vitamin C - rich fruits at every meal.

Cherries contain high levels of potassium, which works with sodium to maintain the body's water balance, regulate blood pressure and maintain a normal heartbeat.

Kiwi fruits contain almost twice as much vitamin C as oranges. One kiwi fruit supplies more than the daily adult requirement of vitamin C. The dark colour of the flesh means it is packed full of goodness.

Lychees are a good way to get some sweetness in the diet without using sugar. They are also a good source of fibre and vitamins.

Papaya (pawpaw) flesh is easy to swallow so it makes ideal weaning food. It is rich in vitamin C and betacarotene. 75 g (3 oz) of papaya will provide a young child's daily requirement of vitamin C. Papaya is also high in soluble fibre, which is important for normal bowel function. Papaya also contains enzymes, which aid digestion.

Peaches provide a good source of vitamin C, betacarotene and fibre to keep your baby regular. Tinned peaches may be popular with children but nearly all their vitamin C content is lost in the processing.

Pears are one of the least allergenic foods so they make great weaning food.

Prunes are a good source of instant energy fibre and iron. They help with constipation as they are a natural laxative.

Red and black grape skins contain the anthocyanin pigment, which has anti-cancer properties. Furthermore, a glass of red wine a day is now thought to help prevent heart disease.

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