Forgotten FruitFruits haven’t had an easy time of it recently. Left in the wake of the more protein and fiber-focused diets of present times, they have tended to be shunned for containing natural sugars. Nevertheless, we’re standing by the body boosting power of fruit, not just because of its unique combination of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients in each variety – they simply taste good as well. Rich, juicy, satisfying and good for you to boot, these sweet treats are as natural as it gets.
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Pomegranate has been linked to having an impact on a number of serious diseases. In juice form, it has been thought to stall the progress of Alzheimer’s, improve digestion, inhibit inflammation relating to arthritis and osteoporosis, while also improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. It definitely can’t hurt to try.
Grapefruit can easily be seen as the OG of healthy fruit eating. Serving as the anchor of fad diets during the 80s, a grapefruit’s constitution is largely made up of water. It’s also one of the lowest calorie fruits out there, while staying rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Great for boosting skin health, immunity and heart health.
Sweet on the outside and tart on the inside, kumquats are relatively filling in relation to their diminutive size. Its seeds and peel are both edible, so its recommended you eat the entire fruit whole to maximize on its benefits.
Small but mighty, pomegranates, kumquats and passion fruit form a powerful trio when it comes to health benefits. Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation, anxiety and stress, while kumquats are a natural source of vitamin B and C, which serves as strong support for the immune system. Passion fruit pairs its vitamin C and antioxidant content with being a good source of fibre and low glycemic index.
Improving bone health might typically be linked to supplementing calcium, but the folate, vitamin K and magnesium found in honeydew melon actually makes it a vital source for aiding the repair and maintenance of bones. The fact that honeydew melons are easily found and are versatile enough to be used in soups, salads and smoothies, makes it a healthy bonus.
While eating the flesh of fruit tends to be the main event, many fruits’ seeds should not be taken for granted. Melon seeds, papaya seeds and passion fruit seeds are all packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals, and are considered a great source of monosaturated fats and fiber.
The exotic appearance of the dragonfruit might appear intimidating, but its mild-tasing, seed-speckled pulp is far from offensive. Considered a superfood, it contains complex plant proteins like carotenoids and betalains that are linked to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and oxidative stress. It is also a rare, fruit-based source of iron, which facilitates oxygenation throughout the body and the breakdown of food into energy.
Grapes probably get the most flack for being filled with sugar, but in fact, they (especially the purple variety) are high in antioxidants that can counter oxidative stress that in turn leads to chronic illnesses and diseases. Similarly, the dark hue of blueberries makes it one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables out there. They’re able to neutralize free radicals, protect the good cholesterol in your blood stream and maintain brain function in one fell swoop.