Fruit consumption is an uncomplicated affair for the lot of us. The contention is we have them because they are good for us in the general sense. We don’t bother knowing what good specific fruits do for us.
It’s really good to know what favours certain fruits do us especially when we’re looking to bump up levels of particular nutrients. We’ve grouped together common fruits into what positive effects they have on the body. We hope this quick guide would help everyone on a particular health journey or those just curious about the matter.
Immune System Boosters
Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C, which help increase white blood cells—the blood cell that fights infections. They are also good at protecting the skin from breakouts and such. The same goes for papayas but they also have good amounts of B vitamins, potassium, and folate, which are also very good for strengthening the immune system. But what sets papayas aside is their papain content--an enzyme that helps fights off inflammations. The kiwi fruit is sort of a combination of citruses and papayas without the papain.
Particularly sweet fruits like peaches, apples, apricots, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, etcetera are very good source of energy especially if you’re feeling that mid-day lull. Taking fruits as energy boosting snacks is better that straight up sugary or carby treats because the sugar in these fruits is a type of sucrose. Sucrose is broken down by the body into glucose or “regular sugar” from high carb foods, and fructose, which stabilizes insulin levels. That’s extra energy that’s really good for you.
Berries are brimming with phytonutrients and fiber—both really good for the heart. So don’t hesitate to munch on them breakfast. Cantaloupes or melons are rich in fiber, magnesium, potassium, and beta-carotene. Tomatoes (Yes. Tomatoes are technically fruit.) are not only high in beta-carotene, they’re also high in alpha-carotene and lycopene. These are very good for the heart overall. Grapes offer cardiac benefits like relaxing blood vessels and lowering the risk of blood clots.
The Weight and Appetite Issue
Watery fruits like watermelon and pears are also high in dietary fiber and helps in keeping us feeling full. So they are excellent as snacks or meal extenders. Goji berries have appetite suppressing properties as well. These also help control blood sugar levels as well as contain a good amount of fiber. These fruits are, in turn, are really good at keeping the pounds off without depriving ourselves.
Spa in Fruit Form
Cherries and avocados are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals that aid in the production of “happy hormones” that fight off stress, leaving room for more relaxed times. More exotic options, like rambutan, durian, and jackfruit, are natural stress relievers as well. They also contain nutrients that alleviate exhaustion.
All the fruits mentioned are excellent for a good dose of detox. Apples in particular have high pectin content. It helps flush out synthetic food additives we’ve consumed as well as harmful metals. Any highly acidic fruit helps in digestion and facilitate better evacuation of wastes. Eating pomegranates help in eliminating excess cholesterol.
Of course, moderation must be practiced for these fruits to be really good for the body. If apples and pomegranates, or fruits in general aren’t your thing when it comes to detox, there’s always tea. ThinTea’s Detox and Fat Burn blends offer rich tasting, fruity, and minty beverages that can be had hot or cold. ThinTea is one cup of tea you don’t want to spill. Visit our shop to see what the best plan is for you.