An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

It’s great to have a skilled physician and a good hospital available when you need them; it’s even better to enjoy overall good health and need them less often.

The web site Nutrition and You offers some easy-to-digest information on the benefits of various fruits.  For example, did you know…

Apples

Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. They, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, and are rich in dietary fiber which helps prevent absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut.

Grapefruit

Red varieties of grapefruits are especially rich in the most powerful flavonoid antioxidant, lycopene. Studies have shown that lycopene protects skin damage from UV rays, and offers protection against prostate cancer.

Kiwi

Research studies have shown that certain substances in kiwi-fruit functions as blood thinner function similar to aspirin; thus, it helps prevent clot formation inside the blood vessels and protect from stroke and heart-attack risk.

Raspberries

Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Strawberries

Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin-C (100 g provide 58.8 mg or about 98% of RDI), which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation and scavenge harmful free radicals.

So snack on some delicious, guilt-free fresh fruit!

Read more:  http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html