The importance of eating fruits.

Eating fresh fruit provides many health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Fruits provide vital nutrients for your health and the maintenance of your body functions.

1. Eating a diet rich in fruits as part of an overall healthy diet reduces the risk for cerebrovascular diseases: heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
2. Eating a diet rich in some fruits as part of a healthy diet help protect against certain types of cancers.
3. Diets rich in foods containing fibre, such as some fruits, may help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
4. Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of a healthy diet may help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake and eventually help you loose weight.
5. Fruits Hydrate the Body. Fruits are made up of 90% – 95% water. Water is an important nutrient. It is responsible for transporting nutrients around the body, regulating body temperature, keeping joints moist, and getting rid of waste products in the body.

Nutrients of Fruits.

1. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol which makes them good for weight lost.
2. Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under consumed, including potassium, dietary fibre, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).
3. Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.
4. Dietary fibre from fruits, as part of a healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fibre is important for proper bowel function and reduce risk of bowel cancer. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fibre-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fibre; fruit juices contain little or no fibre.
5. Vitamin C is very important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
6. Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during foetal development. These are birth defects of the central nervous.


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