At Terra Fresh Foods we always encourage healthy lifestyles, and today, on World Health Day, we want to further reinforce this idea by teaching you about 7 of the healthiest fruits we have at Terra Fresh Foods.
We consider it essential to combine a balanced diet with exercise as the basis for a healthy life, so we recommend regular consumption of fruits and vegetables as they are essential for ensuring proper functioning and cleansing of our body. To easily include them in our diet we can make them into juices or smoothies (link to smoothies article), add them to salads, or eat them individually as a mid-morning meal or snack.
Furthermore, fruits and vegetables provide us with multiple nutrients (vitamins, fiber, minerals …) that are not found in industrialized foods, which we often give into more than we should and then over time we develop problems related to cholesterol, cardiovascular or being overweight, among others.
For this reason, the following 7 fruits are some of the healthiest we have at Terra Fresh Foods:
Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants which can help prevent various diseases because of their ability to prevent cell oxidation caused by free radicals that can lead to mutations in cells that, in turn, could cause cancer or some other degenerative disease. Their high manganese content stimulates the metabolism which results in staying in shape and maintaining energy.
Furthermore, regular consumption of blueberries can improve your brain functioning as well as your memory.
Avocado is, as you know, often consumed either in salads or in guacamole. Whichever way you like to eat it, remember that combined with vegetables, avocados will provide you with lots of antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C, E and K.
In short, avocados help to improve or prevent vision problems, protect the skin against visible signs of age, and also are highly recommended for pregnant women or intended to be, due to its high content of folic acid as it helps to prevent possible birth defects in babies.
One of the quintessential tropical fruits and most well-known in the world, papaya is one of the best sources of vitamin C, even more so than oranges, and also provides vitamins A and E. These antioxidants allow your body to protect against heart disease and colon cancer.
In addition, the papaya contains ‘papain’, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to improve digestion, so its consumption can be considered natural medicine. Papayas also provide plenty of vitamin C and are a good source of folate.
However, this fruit has a glycemic index greater than 50 and significant amounts of sugar that make these fruits better for enjoying occasionally and not on a daily basis.
Do you do sports? Guava will help you improve your performance because after a training session, you will need to recover the loss of electrolytes that occur from sweating, which can lead to cramps. Thanks to its high potassium content, guava will help you maintain your electrolyte level.
Its other contributions include: the destruction of free radicals due to its antioxidants and being able to slow the aging process by giving us greater protection from sun exposure thanks to its high carotene content.
One of the lesser known uses of Guava is the use its leaves for our personal care. It is said that the consumption of their leaves can help us improve wrinkles, acne, skin blemishes, and even as a treatment for atopic dermatitis. For consumption it is recommended to boil the Guava leaves before applying them cold.
At Terra Fresh Foods we offer different possibilities of mangos among the many varieties that exist, such as the traditional Mango, the Green Mango, and the Haitian Mango.
Whether eating it straight, as part of a juice, or adding it to salads or dishes with meat, rice and even dessert, the Mango, with its abundance of vitamins and nutrients, helps us feel recharged and may even cause aphrodisiac effects.
Its high iron content is good for pregnant women or for those suffering from anemia and menopause.
However, people with latex allergy should be careful with Mangos, especially with the Green Mango, as it contains anacardic acid and can cause allergic reactions.
One of our best fruits for taking care of and aiding digestion. The passion fruit has soluble fibers that help to remove toxins that remain in the colon, improving our digestion in a healthy way and maintaining regularity. In addition to fiber, the passion fruit has a high water content which helps, in turn, the digestive process.
Similarly, consuming passion fruit regularly, like in juice, provides us with Vitamin A, C, flavonoids and phytonutrients such as xanthones or beta carotene that are highly effective in helping our immune system protect our body against external agents and avoid many of the unpleasant symptoms of colds, the flu, or other infections. One trick if you suffer from insomnia is to drink a tea made of passion fruit before going to bed.
One of our most eye-catching tropical fruits, the Pitaya or Dragon Fruit, is composed of multiple seeds inside the flesh that are made up of up to 50% essential fatty acids for our bodies, which our body alone cannot produce. These fatty acids help us improve our level of good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce what is known as our bad cholesterol (LDL).
The nutritional properties of this fruit result in health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease or degenerative diseases.
It is also a low-calorie fruit with a high vitamin C content, highly recommended for people who have a deficiency of this vitamin and who cannot tolerate citrus or other vegetables.