Healthy Fruits For A Healthy Lifestyle Part 2
In our last blog post, we discussed some of the most important health benefits of including certain types of fruit in
. We continue the discussion of additional types of fruit below.
Understanding the Health Benefits for Different Types of Fruit
You have probably heard the expression that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While you may not be able to avoid visiting the doctor entirely, eating an apple provides plenty of fiber in your diet. Weight loss, along with better heart and gut health, are just some benefits of eating apples. Here are some other fruits to consider making part of your lifestyle:
Avocado: If you are trying to reduce your cholesterol level, consider eating an avocado. This fruit contains a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid that can naturally keep cholesterol levels low. Rich in potassium like bananas, avocados contain an antioxidant called lutein that improves eye and skin health.
Banana: This fruit is well-known for its high potassium content. Eating a single banana can provide 10 percent of the potassium you need for the entire day. In addition to controlling blood pressure and heart rate, bananas can cure painful stomach issues like ulcers and colitis while also promoting regular bowel movements.
Blueberry: Similar to strawberries, blueberries contain a strong antioxidant called anthocyanin. This antioxidant can help guard against heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases.
Pineapple: An exotic fruit that contains the dietary supplement bromelain, pineapple promotes healthy tissue growth and reduces inflammation.
Pomegranate: Sometimes referred to as a superfood, pomegranate contains polyphenols and antioxidants. This can help to reduce the oxidative stress level on your body that can lead to disease.
Fruit Juice and Dried Fruit Not as Healthy as Whole Fruit
Not only are whole fruits healthy, they are filling as well. One reason for this is that it takes a while for you to chew and digest the fruit. The slow pace of ingestion makes it easier for your body to overcome the effects of fructose that may be in the fruit. Apples and oranges are especially filling and make an excellent choice if you are trying to lose weight.
Unfortunately, you cannot derive the same health benefits from fruit juice and dried fruit that you can from whole fruit. The high sugar content and the ease of consuming too much can make these disastrous choices for your diet.
Feeling Under the Weather?
Sometimes you will catch the latest bug going around your office or your child’s school no matter how healthy you eat. The good news is that your choice to eat more fruit naturally builds your immunity so you don’t get as sick as you would have otherwise. If you feel poorly but cannot get into see your regular doctor for days, remember that you can visit PrimeCare Urgent Care seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.