Fruits contain nutritional value and are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. As a part of overall healthy diet, consuming diet rich fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of heart disease, protect against certain types of cancer, and so on.
And as summer is here, it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a bounty of delicious, fresh fruits. Fruits that are juicy and tart seem to be the most naturally cooling effect on the body. I wouldn’t want to go in-depth on the health benefits of eating fruits because there are many and we all know that eating fruits is as healthy as drinking water to stay hydrated. However, here are some common summer fruits, as well as the health benefits that are associated with it:
- Pineapples: Contains antioxidants that protect the body against diseases.
- Watermelons: Can help treat kidney, bladder and other digestive problems. Also great for digestion and weight loss.
- Apricots: High in Beta carotene, which gets converted to Vitamin A by the body
- Cherries: Contain diuretic properties, as well as Vitamin C
- Mangoes: Rich in Vitamin C & E & also contain potassium, iron & nicotinic acid
- Papayas: Great for weight loss and can also help in improving digestion.
- Peaches: Can reduce anemia, fatigue as well as high cholesterol
Eating Fruits the Right Way:
Consuming fruits whenever you feel like is not very healthy. To get the most out of eating fruits, here are some correct ways to eating fruits:
- Eating fruits between meals is good. Do not immediately eat them after or before meals
- Eat one fruit at a time. For instance, if you’re eating watermelon, don’t eat mangoes at the same time. This is because different fruits have different nutritional benefits, different antioxidants, and so on. Having said that, a BIG NO to fruit chats!
- Eat fresh fruits. Don’t preserve them in your refrigerator for consuming it later
- Eating a fruit is better than juice. Fruits contain fiber, which is good for the stomach
Fruits for Those Who Hit the Gym
For someone who hits the gym on a daily basis, eating fruits before workout will yield maximum nutritional effect. Here are some pre and post workout fruits you can eat:
Pre workout fruits: Guavas, Banana, Apples
Post workout, you can have the same fruits as mentioned above along with meals like milk and cereals/oats, dried fruit and nuts, eggs and toast, etc. Consume any regular meal that contains lean protein, starch, and vegetables to restore the energy lost.