If someone asked you what is the healthiest fruit in the world, what would you say? It would be a hard question to answer because what is the healthiest fruit in the world would depend upon what type of fruit a person really required. However, it should be known that anyone who eats fruit on a regular basis will be providing a boost to their overall good health.
The healthiest fruit would depend on the individual because not all fruits are created equal. Certain fruits have very unique health benefits. This article therefore will discuss a few of those different fruits that offer good nutrition and therefore good health. It should be mentioned, however, that any major change in diet should be discussed with your family doctor or nutritionist.
Grapefruit is a very healthy fruit of the citrus family. It is a good source of minerals and vitamins but it also is beneficial for reducing insulin resistance and assisting with weight loss. An interesting study of 91 people had half of them eat a fresh grapefruit just before their meal. The half that did this lost an additional 2.9 pounds. This same group in that same study that consumed a grapefruit before a meal also had a significant reduction in insulin levels.
One of the more beneficial fruits among tropical fruits are pineapples. Pineapples are a nutritional superstar of good health. Only one cup of fresh pineapple can provide you with a daily intake of 76% magnesium and 131% vitamin C. These percentages are according to the required daily intake (RDI) figures provided by the Federal Government’s Food and Administration.
Avocado is an interesting yet different type of fruit that is low in carbs yet mainly comprised of healthy fats. Oleic acid supplies the majority of healthy fat in an avocado. This type of fat is a vital component for good health and as a side bonus, the oleic acid helps to reduce inflammation. Besides having a healthier fat content, the avocado is loaded with fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Avocados also produce blood sugar, lower the risk of stroke, and furnish 20% of our required daily intake (RDI) for potassium.
Blueberries are another excellent type of super-food. Their nutritional profile is very impressive and blueberries are particularly high in vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber. Blueberries are also well-known for their exceptionally high content of antioxidants. In fact, they are one of the more commonly consumed fruits that contain the highest levels of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are especially beneficial because they reduce the risk of many chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart disease. Blueberries also supply a very positive effect on the body’s immune system. A healthy immune system will prevent many diseases and illnesses. Eating blueberries on a regular basis will improve your memory and defend against viral infections and oxidative stress.
Some of the many other notable fruits that are beneficial for good health include apples, pomegranates, mangoes, strawberries, cranberries, lemons, watermelon, and blackberries.