There’s always a lot of talk about the power of superfoods, and while I’m a big superfood-lover, I also love the power of very everyday foods too. Here are 5 fruits that are healthier than you think!
Last year I filmed a video on 5 regular, everyday vegetables that are healthier than you think, and since then I’ve had it in mind to film another one, but on fruit! As much as I absolutely love superfoods and appreciate how nutrient dense they are, I think it’s important to still put an emphasis on the health benefits of more basic, inexpensive foods, too.
5 FRUITS THAT ARE HEALTHIER THAN YOU THINK
Apples are rich in antioxidants such as quercetin, which is great for allergies, lungs, asthma and reducing inflammation. Quercetin is found in the skin of apples and is one of the reasons why it’s so important to enjoy apples with the skin on! Not only because there is plenty of nutrition to be found in the skin, but eating apples with the skin allows us to benefit from both the soluble and insoluble fibre. In fact, you get almost double the amount of fibre with the skin on!
Apple skin contains insoluble fibre which acts like a scrub brush, “scrubbing” away debris and things like cholesterol from the digestive tract, whereas soluble fibre found in the flesh, such as pectin, acts as a stool softener and helps aid digestion.
Strawberries are a great source of anti-bacterial Vitamin C which helps to support our immune system and stimulate white blood cells to fight off infection. Vitamin C also plays a key role in collagen production, making them excellent for our joints and our skin. Strawberries are also rich in bone-friendly nutrients such as Vitamin K and magnesium, and phytonutrients such as anthocyanins that give them their rich, red colour. Strawberries are also anti-cancer, and help to protect our brain and our body from oxidative stress!
Grapes are incredibly rich in flavonoids which give them their dark purple colour. The richer the colour, the higher the amount of flavonoids – that’s why I prefer purple grapes over green grapes. Grapes are also rich in a compound called resveratrol which helps to reduce heart disease risk, support healthy arteries and cholesterol levels, and is overall very heart-friendly.
I love melons, especially cantaloupe. I used to eat them all the time when I was younger.
Cantaloupe is a great source of beta carotene and eating Vitamin A rich foods helps to support vision health and reduce the risk for things like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Melons are higher in sugar and digest very quickly, so eat them alone or leave them alone! Melons are best eaten by themselves as they do not combine well with many other foods and can cause gas and bloating due to their tendency to ferment easier.
Cantaloupes are also rich in B vitamins for stress and energy.
Bananas are so super stomach-friendly and actually have antacid properties. They also help to stimulate our stomach lining to produce more protective mucus to shield against stomach ulcers and ulcerative damage. They’re also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates for slow-burning energy and as a result, they make a great on-the-go food for before or after a workout, car trips, camping or in your lunch bag. They can be eaten raw, eaten cooked, in a smoothie, in a dessert, in breads, with chocolate, in pudding, on pudding, fruit salad – the list goes on!
I like to eat my bananas with just a few brown spots, and I love them for smoothies. I often peel and freeze them for a quick smoothie addition. Furthermore, bananas make excellent natural sweetener just one their own, without needing to use any additional syrups!