Fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. None of them have cholesterol. Generally, fruits should be consumed in abundance as they contain many essential nutrients that are underconsumed everyday such as vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium, folate and other vitamins and minerals. Did you know that vitamin C is not stored in the body? It needs to be replenished daily and most fruits are a good source of vitamin C.
Here are 15 of the healthiest fruits everyone should be eating more of.
- Acerola Cherry
Also known as the West Indian cherry, gram for gram, Acerola cherries contain more vitamin C than any other food source. One cup of acerola cherries contains 1644 milligrams, or 2740 percent of the recommended daily intake. Actually, just 1 small fruit weighing 5 grams is enough to meet 133% of your daily vitamin C needs!
Fresh apricots are low in calories, composing of just 50 calories per 100g weight. They are a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. The fruits are enriched with numerous health promoting phytochemicals that help prevent heart disease, reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and protect against cancers.
These sweet, firm fleshed, creamy tasting fruit is a favourite of everyone, both old and young. As a good source of potassium, bananas help maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. A 2012 study of distance cyclists found that eating the equivalent of about one half a banana every 15 minutes of a three-hour race was just as good at keeping energy levels steady as drinking an equivalent amount of carbohydrate and minerals from a processed sports beverage.