November 4th, 2008

Fruits are a tasty alternative to unhealthy snacks and provide many beneficial nutrients. Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, and strawberries are common types of fruit that can be added to almost any meal. Many other types of fruit can be combined to form fruit salads or smoothies, both are very appetizing and nutritious. Most fruits contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber, and a variety of vitamins.

Phytochemicals are contained by all plants and limit the growth of cancer cells. Some other benefits of phytochemicals are that they can aid in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Apples and cherries are specifically good for helping to fight tumor growth and to prevent blood clots.

The basic explanation of antioxidants, avoiding excessive chemistry, is that they neutralize free radicals. Free radicals, if not neutralized, create a detrimental chain reaction in the body and can lead to cancer and coronary heart disease. Apples and cherries are also great suppliers of antioxidants; many vegetables contain more antioxidants.

Vitamins are important for many different aspects of your body and are essential for a healthy diet. Some fruits that contain good amounts of vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and E are apples, bananas, grapefruits, kiwis, oranges, peaches, pears, and strawberries.

Fiber contains no calories, is indigestible, and cannot be absorbed by the body, so you would think it would be fairly useless. That would be a wrong assumption because fiber helps out in digestion by making waste pass through the colon more quickly and also has some properties that help fight against cancer. Some good fruits for fiber consumption are apples, bananas, grapefruits, oranges, peaches, and pears.

A general layout of grocery stores is the fresh foods are on the perimeter and the processed foods are on the interior. So when shopping, stay by the outside walls and look for some colorful, fruity additions to your eating habits. Not only will they taste good, they will provide your body with beneficial, long term effects.

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