We can get so caught up with buying the best healthy snacks but can often forget those already available, Fruit!!!! I thought I’d quickly highlight a few of the benefits of fruit as a reminder of how highly nutritious and beneficial they are to our bodies.
Apples for example are a source of Vitamins A, C, E and K and a good source of fibre. Studies have shown that apples have high antioxidant activity and can help lower cholesterol levels as well as aiding in the reduction of chronic disease. They also contain high amounts of the phytonutrient quercetin, which is a natural antihistamine. Apples have anti-inflammatory properties and also contain a gel-like fibre called pectin which has been shown to bind to heavy metals, safely removing them from the body. Apple pectin also has the ability to build a barrier which controls the amount of fat that our adipose (fat around the middle) tissues are able to absorb.
Bananas are a good source vitamins C, B6, potassium, copper, and manganese. It is a great electrolyte food for those working out and busy on the go. Bananas contain a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan has been shown to help promote sleep. They also contain powerful anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds and support the natural bacteria in the bowel, which helps promote a healthy and digestion and also supports the immune system. Bananas are also superb for athletes because they help replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.
Blueberries are a good source of vitamins C and K, along with copper, manganese and fibre. They are packed full of high levels of phytonutrients and have received a bit of a celebrity status as a superfood recently. Studies have shown that blueberries can improve memory and reduce DNA damage. They are useful in fighting urinary tract infections and are essential for eyes and digestive tract health. Blueberries also strengthen the circulatory system and support immune health. Blueberries can be frozen because freezing retains most of their nutrition.
Grapes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and B-complex, calcium, magnesium, copper, boron, manganese, iron, selenium and potassium. They contain high levels of phytonutrients which are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-ageing. Grapes are a low GI food that benefit blood sugar levels by providing great insulin regulation and blood sugar balance. Black grapes are the most nutritious of all varieties.
Raspberries contain vitamins C, A, E, K, B-complex, iron, copper, calcium, and magnesium. They have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and also contain a compound called raspberry ketone that research has shown increases the metabolism of fat cells. Raspberries are able to be frozen because they retain most of their nutrition.