Fruits are a goldmine of vitamins, minerals and fibre and since they are in the natural form, they contain lots of water and are a great way to get specific nutrients into our bodies.
I want to make it clear that we eat for HEALTH as well as FAT LOSS. So when I say it is critical to eat 5 portions of fruit/veg, I really mean it. Few coaches go into detail about what foods contain what nutrients so I wanted to go into detail as to why you should be eating a variety of fruits…
Apples – These round fruits contain lots of fibre, vitamins A, C, E and folate. Research shows that apples can reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. They also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol.
Bananas – Are a great source of fibre, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E & folate.
Cherries – contain anthocyanins that reduce pain & inflammation. They also contain powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyaniding.
Figs – Eaten either dried or fresh, figs contain vitamin A, C, folate and niacin.
Kiwi – A rich source of vitamins A, C, E, B – complex, calcium, iron and folic acid, kiwi is a small oval fruit with thin brown skin, soft green flesh and black seeds. The skin is a good source of flavonoid antioxidants.
Lemon/Lime – Lime or lemon is the most cultivated citrus fruit loaded with vitamins A, C and folate. Juice of a lemon or lime is great for detoxification and has powerful antioxidant properties.
Peach – Peaches offer a rich treasure of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. They are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fibre.
Orange – A round thick-skinned juicy edible fruit contains vitamin C, flavanoids, provides pectin and rich in sodium when ripened.
Plum – Although they are high in carbohydrates, they are low in fat and calories. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fibre and free of sodium and cholesterol.
Papaya – Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D; calcium, phosphorous and iron. It is high in digestive properties and has a direct tonic effect on the stomach.
Pear – Pears contains kalium and riboflavine. It is good for the skin and they contain plenty of fibre.
Strawberry – Strawberries are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and fibre. It has high content of sodium and iron. It helps in whitening of the teeth and can be used to relieve rheumatism.