Fruits are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Fiber in fruit is of two varieties, soluble and insoluble. Both the forms of fiber can be of great help when it comes to weight loss. The soluble fiber in fruit stabilizes blood sugar and gives you a feeling of fullness. Your craving for a high end appetite is thereby controlled and fruits help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Fruits slow down the capacity of the body to infuse sugary carbohydrates into the blood stream after having meals. This can help you reduce the potential risk of type 2 diabetes.
Fresh and frozen fruits have a high water and dietary fiber content and very low in calories. Strawberries and blue berries can be frozen just like ice-cubes. You can use it for future use to blend into smoothies or add atop cereals and cornflakes. This makes up for a healthy as well as a sumptuous breakfast. The high fiber and liquid content in fruits give you a feeling of fullness faster and it is a part of every smart weight plan.
The water contained in fruit hydrates your cells, flushes toxins from the body, assists healthy organ functioning and keeps your energy levels high. Research also suggests that fruits and vegetables can help reduce cardiovascular diseases including possible strokes, heart attacks and other coronary diseases. Commonly found nutrients in fruits include beta-carotene, beta-crypthoxanthin, folate, vitamins B6, C and E, potassium, anthocyanin and quercetin.
Beta carotenes are antioxidants which keep your skin soft and supple. They help renew dead cells with newer looking skin. When you consume fruits laden with beta carotene, some of it gets converted into Vitamin A.This nutrient aids in the growth and repair of skin tissue, helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, and keeps your hair strong and healthy. Vitamin A also helps you guard against certain type of arthritis and inflammatory diseases.
B vitamins including B6 and folate helps pregnant women safeguard their fetus and leads to overall fetal growth and development. That is the reason why doctors prescribe folic acid tablets the moment you are declared pregnant. When you can substantiate the same with a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables rich in folic acid, why take tablets?
Vitamin C leads to the health of collagen a protein that helps you maintain healthy skin and cartilage. Vitamin C naturally occurs in the skin and consuming fruits rich in Vitamin C helps the skin replenish its available reserves of vitamin C. This helps the glow come out in the skin from within.
Vitamin E helps you in anti-ageing properties. Forget using face creams and serums related to anti-ageing when you can consume fresh fruits and vegetables rich in this source of vitamins. Similarly anthocyanin present in blue and black berries help you against risk of cervical and colon cancers.
When you have so many multiple benefits on consumption of fresh fruits why don’t you gift health in the form of nutritious fruits? You can send away attractive fruit baskets by post to loved and dear ones. If the recipient has small kids at home, you can make candies of fresh fruits and may be even bake some fresh variety of fruit cakes before you send the hampers across. It adds a whole personal touch and warmth covering the gift theme.