A fruit lover’s tale about fruit

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Lisa Goudy

Any day is a better day with fruit.

I love eating fruit. Name almost any type of fruit and chances are that I like it. There are only a few types of fruit I don’t like. I try to eat fruit every day.

During one of my first trips to Hawaii when I was younger, I’ll never forget my Grandpa telling us to eat a fruit plate every day, which we did while we were there.

He said a fruit plate consists of three different types of fruits. With two types of fruit, it’s not a fruit plate, but a plate of fruit. Having only one type of fruit is nothing but eating fruit. We were encouraged to always eat a fruit plate.

Recently, he’s decided a fruit plate should consist of five different types of fruit.

Every day when I come to work, I take a lunch with me and in those lunches, I always have a piece of fruit, typically a Granny Smith apple or an orange. Often I’ll eat half a grapefruit for breakfast.

When I’m not at work, I try to have a fruit plate as often as possible. Types of fruit included depend on what’s in season. I think everyone should have fruit plates or some kind of fruit every day.

Apart from how delicious fruit it, it’s very nutritious for our bodies as well. Fruits are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phytochemicals. All of those help create a healthy body.

According to the website Fresh Fruit Nutrition, enzymes help the body easily and quickly digest food and release energy into the body. Antioxidants slow down the aging process.

“Many studies have confirmed that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of developing degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart diseases,” the website said. “What's more, nutrients in fruits have healing properties. Some can lower blood pressure while others are effective for other conditions.”

The more colourful a fruit is, the more phytonutrients it contains, the website said. Phytonutrients can help prevent disease and keep our bodies working properly.

Bananas are great sources of potassium, which are great for the heart, and controlling blood pressure. It also is high is B vitamins.

Mangos have high sugar content, good for energy boosts, and are also rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A is good for eyes and vitamin C helps boost our immune systems.

Oranges are another fantastic source of vitamin C and nutrients such as cyaniding-3-glucoside, flavanones and carotenoids, the website said, which helps give better protection than vitamin C on its own.

Apples are also rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre. Cherries contain vitamin C, vitamin A and a lot of potassium. Grapefruit contain potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A and other vitamins as well as potassium calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and manganese.

The website added kiwis have “more vitamin C than a similar amount of orange. One kiwi fruit supplies more than the daily need of vitamin C.” It also has vitamin E and more potassium than a banana. It does a lot to boost the immune system.

The list is endless. Strawberries, pineapples, watermelon, grapes, plums or cantaloupes — you name it. Every fruit is good for you. Making it a daily habit of eating fruit is healthy and delicious.

Yes, I’m a fruit lover. We should all make it a goal to consume fruit very often. Our bodies and our taste buds will thank us.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

 

Geographic location: Hawaii

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