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Advantages Of Eating Fruits

Eating a fruit may protect one against certain types of cancer, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Fruits are gifts from nature. They are medicines filled with vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, and phyto-nutrients- plant derived micro nutrients.

Fruits are full of flavours, and they have a unique nutrition profile that help keep the body healthy and free from diseases.

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Advantages Of Eating Fruits
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Here are the Lists of Fruits:

1. Acai berry Apple Apricot

1. Avocado Banana Blackberries
2. Black currants Blueberries Cantaloupe
3. Cherimoya Cherry Chokeberry
4. Cranberries Dates Durian fruit
5. Elderberry Feijoa Figs
6. Goji berry Gooseberries Grapes
7. Grapefruit Guava Jackfruit
8. Jujube Kiwi fruit Kumquat
9. Lemon Loquat fruit Lychee
10. Mango fruit Mangosteen Mulberries
11. Nectarine Orange Papaya
12. Passion fruit Peaches Pears
13. Persimmon fruit Pineapple Plums
14. Pomegranate Quince fruit Raspberry
15. Sapodilla(Sapote) Star fruit Strawberry
16. Tangerine Watermelon

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Facts about Fruits

1. Fruits are low in calories and fat. It is a source os vitamins,simple sugar and fiber. Ehich is good for our health

2. Fruits are full of anti-oxidants such as poly-
phenolic flavonoids, vitamin-C, and anthocyanins.

3. Fruits provides soluble dietary fiber

4. Richness in vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, pigment anti-oxidants.

5. It protects against aging quickly

It is encouraged to always make fruits available for healthy living. Important fruit Nutrients are Folic- folate acid,potassium,fiber and vitamin C.

Your Nutrients in Fruits

Fruits have no cholesterol Fruits nutrients include: potassium,dietary Fiber,vitamin C and Folic Acid(Folate).

Fruits rich in potassium helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.Potassium is used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.

A short of potassium in the body causes irritability,fatigue and hypertension.
It is nearly impossible to have an overdose of potassium however it is possible to cosume too much of it through potassium salts which leads to: vomits,nausea and can lead to cardiac arrest.

Examples of the fruits that contains potassium are: Avocados,guava,bananas,Prunes and Prunes kiwifruits,coconuts,juice,honey dew melon,dried Peaches and cantaloupe.

Folic acid (Folate) helps the body form red blood cells. Folic acid is also good for pregnant women,and women of child bearing age taking. 400mcg of Folic acid from foods or supplements.

Citrus fruits ranks the highest, among fruits that contain folic acid. Orange for example has the richest source of folic acid.

An orange holds about 50 mcg and a glass of juice which is bigger in size may contain more. Other examples of Folate-rich fruitsa are: Papaya,banana,grapefruits,strawberries,cantaloupe.

It is very important to get adequate amount of folic acid. It helps in cellular growth and regeneration.A recent article from the New York Times figured folic acid as one of the most, “luscious micronutrients”.
Studies suggest that a lack of folic acid may lead to mental conditions such as depression

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Vitamin Cs important and very common vitamin. It is good for repaire and growth of the body tissues. It also helps heal cuts and wounds and also keep teeth and gums healthy.

Most people associate citrus fruits with Vitamin C.
Its is not a myth,all of our citrus fruits listed have vitamin C examples are: orange,lime,grapefruit,and lemon all these are excellent source of vitamin C.

There are some non-citrus fruits that are highly rated sources of vitamin C: papaya,pineapple,strawberries,raspberries,cantaloupe,and kiwifruit, these are very excellent vitamin C sources.

Water melon,cranberries,and blueberries are very good sources of vitamin C too. While bananas,pears and apples are also in good category. Any fresh fruit is very good source of dietary vitamin C.

Dietary Fiber fruits helps to improve the functioning of the digestive tact and also aid excretion process keeping us safe from constipation and gastritis.

Fibrous fruits also kicks against heart diseases.It also have anti-cancionigenric properties and also prevents colon cancer. Fruits are very important for the body not only that its good fo those that are trying to lose weight, it is good for the body because it does not have unnecessary fats. It also gives ample energy that your body needs.

When you become ill or sick or develop any disorder -eating fruits fights against sickness: usually boost the immune system and keeps you in perfect health that’s why people takes in fruits first after fasting which is also good for people that are always busy who does not eat on time.

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  Importance of Eating Fruits

1. It gives ample energy
2. Keeps the body healthy
3. Fruits hydrates the body
4. It helps in managing your weight
5. It helps in having a low risk of some chronis diseases.

6. protects against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

7. It helps to smooth bowel movements as well as offer relief from constipation ailments.

Its is worthy to note that it is not advisable to eat fruits along with your main meal by so doing it can result in digestive problem because fruits are acidic in nature.

It is then advisable to always eat fruits before of after eating living an hour or two of separation. It is better and therefore recommended to eat fruit on an empty stomach or after a light meal.

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Eating fruits on an empty stomach helps to delay having grey hair,nervous outbursts,balding and dark circles under the eyes.

Fruits are advisable to be taken in the morning because it helps in detoxification and weight loss. Although you can eat fruits anytime of the day but it is highly recommended to eat fruits in the morning.

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