Apples have been a power food since the Garden of Eden. They’re low in calories, rich in fiber, and a source of boron, a mineral your mind may require for mental alertness and your body uses to maintain sufficient levels of calcium.
Tart yet sweet, apples are a storehouse of beta-carotene, a nutrient that helps protect against many types of cancer. Three raw apricots or ten dried halves will give you your daily quota of this nutrient.
Here’s one creamy food that can help lower your cholesterol – by as much as 9 to 43 percent, according to one study. Avocados are also rich in potassium and magnesium, two minerals your muscles rely on.
The banana is the world’s best natural, low-fat source of Vitamin B6, a nutrient that helps make antibodies to fight disease. Eat just one banana, and you have taken in one-third of the U.S. Recommended daily allowance of B6.
Bet you wouldn’t think of the nectarine when asked to name a fiber-rich fruit. Yet a single nectarine has even more fiber than a whole banana. Nectarines are also an excellent source of vitamin A and potassium.
Sure, orange is synonymous with vitamin C. But did you know it’s also a source of calcium? A medium size orange gives you as much calcium as an ounce of Brie, though it has 30 fever calories and none of the sodium.
Keen on peaches? Well that’s peachy keen because this source of vitamins A and C will satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading you with fat. Pick fresh peaches over canned to get the maximum fiber benefit from this fruit.
This fruit is a good source of vitamin C. A medium size grapefruit contains 50 percent more vitamin C than the Recommended Dietary Allowance. Try flavoring it with cinnamon instead of sugar.
If you’ve never eaten a prune, you’re in for a moving experience. Prunes are nature’s best-tasting laxative. They conain a great deal of fiber, making them great for lowering your blood cholesterol level as well.
Heaven can be had for just 152 calories a slice. But don’t dismiss watermelon as a mere taste-pleaser. The vitamin C content of this juicy melon may help protect you against cancer of the esophagus and stomach.
Say “fiber” and you immediately think of heavy foods such as bran, right ? Well, strawberries contain fiber too, the soluble kind that slows digestion of foods so you feel full longer. Count for them for vitamin C, too.
Fragrant and inviting, this juicy melon packs a vitamin C wallop. You can also count on it for potassium, a mineral you need in sufficient amounts to keep your muscle from cramping. Let your sweet tooth indulge.
They are very powerful anti-oxidants. They are very rich sources of vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium and phosphorus. These nutrients and other minerals present in pomegranates help in the prevention of many diseases.
I wish all of my friends who eat McDonalds more than twice weekly would see this. Good lord.
BARF oh god that makes me never want to eat mcdonalds again
i hope more people see this..such a wakeup call.
Oh shit -,-
And this, is why I don’t eat that crap.
I haven’t had McDonald’s in YEARS because I just think it’s disgusting. This is just all the more reason not to ever go back.
This is why I haven’t eaten there in a good 10 years. It’s shit.
According to Julie Garden-Robinson, a Food and Nutrition Specialist, “Eating a few florets of broccoli is much better than popping a pill. Broccoli has beta carotene that you could get from a pill, but you’ll also get a hundred other phytos that don’t even have names yet! Plus you’ll get vitamin C, fibre and Calcium.”
Scientists have proved through years of painstaking research that compounds such as phytonutrients do better when eaten in their original form rather than as dietary supplements. In fact the phytochemicals present in pills may even be toxic.
THIS IS WHY HEALTHY IS THE WAY FORWARD! BIG UP HEALTHBLRS
Next time you set off to collect your stock of groceries, make a deliberate effort to choose color, rather than trying to remember what or how much health benefits are packed into the fruits and vegetables you pick. Also rather than juggling the nutrients and trying to create a balanced diet for your family, simply think of ‘what color was the last meal that you had’. Was it green, brown, red, white or a medley of all possible colors? Remember - The more vibrant the food, the healthier it is…
Can Color Indicate Nutrition?
There is plenty of evidence that vibrantly colored fruits and veggies contain a whole cache of disease fighting compounds known as phytonutrients, which assist the body in fighting against diseases and damage due to the inevitable aging process. These brightly colored fruits and veggies are also low in fat and loaded with fiber which naturally ensures that your body is protected against diseases such as cancer, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Color full of Benefits
Photonutrient: Lycopene, Anthocyanin
Health Benefits: Healthy heart, improved memory, lower risk of certain cancers, better urinary tract health
Foods: Beetroot, cherries, grapefruit, pomegranates, raspberries, red apples, red capsicum, red grapes, red onions, red radishes, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon
Health Benefits: Delayed aging, healthy heart, improved memory, reduced effect of Alzheimer’s disease, reduced risk of cancer
Foods: Brinjal, cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, grape juice, purple cabbage, purple grapes, red wine, plums, prunes, black olives
Photonutrient: Sulforaphane, IsothiocyanateIndoles, Lutein
Health Benefits: Reduced risk of certain cancers, better vision, stronger bones and teeth
Foods: Broccoli, beans, cabbage, capsicum, cucumbers, green apples, green grapes, green peas, kiwi, bitter gourd, leafy greens, limes, green olives, green onions, beans
Photonutrient: Alpha carotene, Beta carotene, Beta cryptoxanthin, Vit. C, Bioflavonoids
Health Benefits: Lower risk of some cancers, healthy skin, better night vision, stronger heart, improved immunity
Foods: Apricots, carrots, grape fruit, golden apples, lemon, mangoes, musk melons, oranges, papayas, pears, peaches, pineapples, sweet potatoes, yellow capsicum, yellow tomatoes, sweet corns
Photonutrient: Allicin, Flavonoids
Health Benefits: Healthier heart, lower Cholesterol, reduced risk of tumors, lower risk of certain cancers
Foods: Bananas, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions, turnips, potatoes, white corns, white wine
is it just me that thinks this makes this whole healthy eating thing seem a lot more fun?
The Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit
1. It has more vitamin C than oranges.
2. It has as much potassium as bananas.
3. It’s rich in flavonoids, minerals, and beta-carotene.
4. It contains more fiber than apples.
5. It makes a gentle and effective laxative.
6. It can decrease the probability of colon cancer.
7. It can reduce cholesterol levels.
8. Its flavonoids protect cells from oxidative damage.
9. It can protect us from age-related macular degeneration.
10. It is rich in phytonutrients which prevent blood clotting and control fatty acid levels in your blood.
11. It’s a healthy snack alternative.