We’ve all heard the ‘five a day’ motto about eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. But how many of us really know about fresh fruits and benefits that it brings? You know there are good for you but why? What makes them so special?
Not all fruits are equal, of course. Some are good for you and some are really good for you – these are often tagged as superfoods but that’s not a scientific term.
Fruits contain vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy. They also contain fibre which the digestive system uses to function properly. There are also things called antioxidants in them which boost health in a range of different ways.
Studies have shown that a diet high in fruit and vegetables can cut back the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and inflammation problems. Each fruit has its own nutrients, and this makes it a fun way to mix up your diet to get all the goodness you need.
Take strawberries as an example. Those sweet red berries have fibre in them and also quite a bit of water that helps boost hydration. They also contain something called anthocyanins that help the heart stay healthy.
There are lots of ways to get fruit into your diet. Always aim for those 5 portions a day and go for fresh fruit where possible as this has the most nutrients in it.