Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fruit Facts + Eating Fruits the Healthy Way

Eating fruits everyday can keep infections away. Fruits are regulatory foods containing carotene, vitamin C and vitamin C complex. They protect the eyesight, keep skin smooth and clean and increase body resistance against infection
 
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Fruit and vegetable juices are the juiciest way of taking vitamin C, so don't store them for long periods once the container is opened.

Aside from the nutritional value of papaya, it has been found out that it has many varied medicinal uses as its young leaves are effective in deworming. They are also good disinfectants for dog bites. Latex from the fruit peeling proves to be effective in getting rid of freckles and other skin problems
A medium papaya contains 200% of your Vitamin C requirement

As much as possible, eat raw fruits and vegetables. Raw, unpeeld fruits and vegetables provide greater benefits than when peeled and/or cooked.

Tomatoes contain both Vitamin C and beta carotene which are powerful antioxidants.
Fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, melons and strawberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C.
Keep fresh fruits from turning brown such as apples, bananas, or pears with acidic fruits like oranges, pineapple, or lemon juice.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins which neutralize "free radicals". Free radicals are unstable compounds created from the metabolism of fats and/or environmental factors and may be responsible for altering the cell's metabolism resulting in abnormal cellular growth food in cancer. Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can avoid such chronic diseases.

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Tips for Healthy eating
Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit rather than juice, for the benefits dietary fiber provides.

Select fruits with more potassium often, such as bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.

When choosing canned fruits, select fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather then syrup.
Fruits differ in nutrient content so vary your fruit choices

Try applesauce as a fat-free substitute for some of the oil when baking cakes.
Try meat dishes that incorporate fruit, such as chicken with apricots or mango chutney.
Frozen juice bars (100% juice) make healthy alternatives to high-fat snacks.
Cut-up fruit makes a great snack as well as dried fruits

Wash fruits before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits briskly with your hands to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. Dry after washing
Choose fruit options, such as sliced apples, mixed fruit cup, or 100% fruit juice that are available in some fast food restaurants

Try raisins or other dried fruits instead of candy.

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