Fruit is nature’s gift to mankind. This is the same nature that has also ‘gifted’ us death adders and the funnel-web spider, so we’d be daft not to make the most of these tasty vitamin and mineral packed treats.
Fruit plays an important part in a healthy and active life. The many vitamins and minerals contribute to the proper functioning of the body, helping to ward off diseases and provide us with the energy we need. They can also prove to be an important allay for those trying to lose weight, supplying those essential nutrients without adding any unnecessary fats.
So, if you’re consistently struggling to reach your 5-a-day, here’s the extra motivation you need…
- Fruit beats supplements
Nowadays, people increasingly turn to supplements and multivitamin tables rather than eating fruit, but there is some concern that taking too many vitamin supplements might not actually be safe.
The truth is that there is no substitute for the real thing. Whole foods contain more types of nutrients than supplements and deliver them in a more balanced way. Fruits containing certain vitamins and minerals, such as antioxidants, have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses, but this cannot be said for supplements that contain the same nutrients alone.
- Prevention is better than the cure
The benefits of eating different types of fruits can never be replaced. Eating a regular supply of fruit over a sustained period of time, such as 10-20 years, can make a significant change to your life and hugely improve the health and functioning of your body.
Fruits have been proven to help protect against a range of ailments and health conditions that include: high blood pressure, cancer, heart ailments, diabetes, heat stroke and skin disorders. They can also help to promote healthy hair growth. To get the maximum health benefit you should eat fruit that is raw, ripe and fresh, rather than consuming fruit that has been cooked or processed.
- Fruit can improve your performance at work
You might have thought there was nothing on this earth that could improve your productivity and ability to concentrate at work, but research from a company called Fruitful Office has found that providing fresh fruit at employee’s desks improved their productivity by more than 10 percent. It also delivered a boost to energy levels and made them feel more alert.
- It may even help you lose weight
Let’s get this straight – eating fruit alone cannot help you to lose weight – but once you start including more fruit in your diet it will help you to control your weight. A person who eats fruit regularly is also less inclined to eat unhealthy snacks and junk food between meals. Except for a few fruits like avocados, coconuts and olives, fruits tend to be fat free and are composed of 90-95 percent water, which helps to flush out the unwanted toxins from the body.
Have you recently upped your daily fruit intake? If so, what benefits, if any, have you experienced? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.