Fruits are probably the only group of healthy food that everybody has no problem eating. It’s safe to say that every single human being eats fruits but not even everyone eats vegetables. Mainly because fruits are these sweet, juicy, and fleshy products of trees and plants that you can easily eat raw as a snack or meal.
More than just nature-made snacks, fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals mostly preventing vitamin C and A deficiencies. They are a vital part of an overall healthy eating pattern and maintenance of the body. Eating more fruits (and vegetables as well) reduces the risk of chronic diseases, including store and heart attack.
Many of the essential nutrients in fruits are potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate (folic acid), antioxidants including polyphenols and phytochemicals. Potassium helps maintain blood pressure. These are in bananas, prunes, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. Dietary fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. It provides that feeling of fullness and is important for proper bowel movement. Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and is responsible for growth and repair of body tissues. It also keeps teeth and gums healthy. Folate aids in forming red blood cells and is good for women in childbearing age who are likely to get pregnant because it reduces the risk of neural tube defects and anencephaly during fetal development. Whilst antioxidants prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals and protect against certain types of cancers.
Fruits have no cholesterol and naturally low in fat, sodium and calories that is why it is great for diet. A lot of fitness and health enthusiasts are into eating fruits or blending smoothies and juices rather than consuming whole meals. This eventually created the “fruit diet” which primarily consists of eating raw fruits but may also include vegetables, seeds and nuts . Followers of this diet are called fruitarian. Because the fruit diet excludes a lot of food groups and is high in sugar, it does not have the range of nutrients that the body needs for functioning well.
Eating fruits is still and always a vital part of daily food intake to get enough vitamins and nutrients for the body. It is beneficial to follow a less restrictive diet that still includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and if possible, little to no processed foods.