Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of all chronic diseases.
Fruits are also important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber and folate (folic acid). Blueberries, citrus fruit, cranberries and strawberries, which contain phytochemicals, are being studied for added health benefits.
The nutrients in fruit are vital for health and maintenance of your body. The potassium in fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Potassium may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate. Folate helps prevent neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida.
Fruits are important sources of carbohydrates and fiber. They are low in calories and naturally sweet. Fruits and their juices are good sources of water, too. Different fruits contain different vitamins, so it is important to eat a variety of fruits.
Apples – Apples contain Vitamin A, B, C, E & K. Apple is a good source soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.
Apricots – Apricots are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber. They are also loaded with Vitamin A & C, Potassium & Copper.
Bananas – Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and copper.
Grapes – Grapes provide us with conventional antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and manganese and grapes are filled with antioxidant phytonutrients. Grapes can be eaten raw or they can be raisins.
Kiwi – Kiwis are rich in vitamin A, K, E and B, potassium, copper, folate, and fiber.
Mangos – Mangos contain Fiber as well as Vitamins C, A, K & B-6.
Oranges – Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber. In addition, oranges are a good source of B vitamins including vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper, and potassium.
Pears – Pears provide a very good source of fiber and are also a good source of vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium.
Peaches – Peaches are also a source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid, all valuable nutrients when it comes to your cells and nerves
Pineapple – Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid.
Watermelon – Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin C. It is also a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, vitamin, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and magnesium.