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What are the healthiest fruits? A selection of the top 10

By Kate Silver - Canggu Nest Member

What are the healthiest fruits? A selection of the top 10

Which criteria is using to determine the most wholesome fruit? Before talking about all sorts of ratings and studies, you need to know what they are based on. How to determine the healthiest fruit? Which requirements it should meet?

 

– Contain the largest number of vitamins and minerals.

 

– Significant influence to the appearance of a person.

 

– A positive effect on the mental abilities of a person.

 

– Fight with the greatest number of specific diseases.

 

– Provide the body with energy.

 

Since several fruits correspond to such a criteria at once, it is impossible to make the only correct rating. It remains only to rely on professionals in the study of the properties of fruits.

 

1) Blueberries

Long considered one of the beloved “superfoods,” these sweet treats are tiny but mighty, loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C to help fight disease, as well as anthocyanin, a pigment shown to boost brainpower. One study found that people who ate the greatest amount of this fruit were less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults.

 

2) Pomegranates

Pomegranate’s seeds and their juice-filled compartments are phytonutrient giants, with two to three times as much antioxidant activity as green tea or red wine, according to the U.C.–Berkeley School of Nutrition. Not surprisingly, there is tantalizing preliminary research that suggests pomegranates can help protect against cancer, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and improve cognitive function.

 

3) Apples

One medium apple is low on calories (only 80!) but heavy on quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cell degeneration, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Adults who eat apples are less likely to develop high blood pressure, according to one study. Apples can also lower cholesterol and prevent colon cancer, as well as promote healthy teeth and weight loss. Don’t forget to eat the skin, too—it’s especially rich in disease-fighting compounds like flavonoids, which reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

4) Kiwi

Beneath its fuzzy skin is a sweet fruit loaded with vitamins C and E, both strong antioxidants that protect against cancer and promote eye health. Kiwis are also low in calories and high in fibre, making them ideal for weight loss. Because they can last up to four weeks when stored in the refrigerator, they are a great snack to keep all year round.

 

5) Grapefruit

Although oranges are a great source of vitamin C, grapefruits pack a bigger punch. Just half of a grapefruit contains nearly 50 percent of your daily vitamin C, as well as high levels of fibre, potassium, and vitamin A. Studies have suggested that grapefruit can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and repair damaged or oily skin and hair. It’s little wonder that this delicious fruit is no longer just a breakfast staple.

 

6) Bananas

A banana is the perfect on-the-go snack, already wrapped and full of potassium and fibre to promote long-lasting energy and keep you alert all day long. And since it contains no fat or salt, bananas are a much healthier snack option than a granola bar or bag of pretzels. Want to make your bananas last longer? Here’s a trick: Store them in the refrigerator after they’re ripe. Although the peel may turn brown, the fruit underneath will stay delicious for three to five extra days.

 

7)  Pineapple

This fruit has very powerful anti-inflammatory and immune booster effect. Grilled, frozen, dried, or fresh, this sweet and tangy tropical fruit is jam-packed with bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as increase fertility.

 

8) Grapes

As one of the world’s oldest and most abundant healthiest fruits, grapes have been proven to ward off heart disease and high cholesterol, thanks to high levels of the antioxidants quercetin and resveratrol. Each little bulb is also a great source of potassium and iron, which prevent muscle cramps and anemia. Stick with the purple or red kind, as they contain the highest concentration of healthy compounds.

 

9) Avocado

Many people refer to avocados as a superfood because of their healthful qualities. Avocados are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat which helps lower cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association say that maintaining healthy cholesterol levels with healthful fats could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Like bananas, avocados are rich in potassium. They also contain lutein, an antioxidant which is important for healthy eyes and skin.

 

10) Persimmon

An irreplaceable fruit for people with a weak cardiovascular system, as it contains the necessary potassium for the heart. In addition, at a fairly low calorie content, persimmon perfectly saturates the body, which is why it is so appreciated by those who are on a diet.

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