There’s no disputing the health benefits of fruits. Seniors, in particular, can benefit from adding a variety of fruits to their diet. Fruits contain key nutrients that can improve your heart health, skin health, digestion and weight management. Eating fruit on a regular basis can boost your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease.
The following list of healthy fruits can make a tremendous difference in your health and wellness as you age.
More Healthy Fruits
High in fiber and antioxidants, apples can boost your heart health and keep you from developing certain diseases. When you eat an apple, your stomach feels full, reducing your urge to snack on junk food. Eating less junk food can help with weight management.
Avocados are considered a “superfood” due to the plethora of nutrients they contain. You can find vitamins A, C & D, B vitamins, oleic acid, potassium, lutein, Omega 3, magnesium and fiber in one serving of avocado. Oleic acid helps reduce cholesterol levels. Lutein enhances eye and skin health. This versatile fruit can be chopped up to put in salads, mixed with tomatoes for guacamole or served as a side dish in your evening meal.
Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, heart rate, fluids and bowel movements in your body. Bananas make excellent snacks in between meals. They can also be added to cereals, yogurt, smoothies and cakes and breads.
Blueberries, like strawberries, are rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin. This antioxidant can protect you against heart problems, strokes and cancers. Fresh blueberries are delicious in breakfast cereals, sweet desserts and smoothies.
This exotic fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, a potent compound that’s often taken as a supplement due to its numerous health benefits. Pineapples help to reduce inflammation in the body and promote the healthy growth of tissue. Pineapple chunks and rings make a refreshing snack alone or combined with other fruits in a fruit salad.
Like avocados, pomegranates have also earned the title of superfood due to their nutritional value. Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols (plant compounds) to improve brain health and protect you against chronic diseases. Pomegranates can be served in rice dishes and salads to jazz up a main meal or added to yogurt, cereals and fruit salads.
With so many healthy fruits to choose from, there’s no excuse not to add fruits to your diet. Fruits can be served as snacks in between meals or included in your main meal recipes
Make Fruits a Regular Part of Your Diet
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