A Healthy Diet Must Include Fruit & Berries

a range of dried fruit and nuts including bananas, raisins and apricots.

If humans reverted to the diet they ate processed mass-produced food before it became the accepted norm, they would be much healthier and probably happier as a race. The diet would consist of a higher percentage of seasonal locally grown fruit and vegetables. In addition, a higher proportion would be fruits and berries, some fresh and some preserved.

the body’s immune system prevents excessive build-ups of free radicals by neutralising them with antioxidants it gets from food

Super Food Fruits & Berries

All fruits & berries should be considered superfoods. They harness the sunshine and deposit vital nutrients into the body. Eating more fruit and vegetables improves health; this is an undisputed fact. What’s also a fact is that not all fruits & berries are equal. Superfruits and berries offer abundant nutrition, antioxidants, and fibre, making them the perfect snack ‘on the go’ for us today.

All Fruit Is Good

Try not to fall into the trap of thinking fruit has to be exotic and expensive to be nutritionally beneficial. Some exotic superfruits contain higher concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but eating the fruit of any description is better than not.

A benefit of the onslaught of globalisation is that exotic fruits, grown in only a few regions of the world, are now readily available. This means everyone can access the healing benefits of these fruits’ powerful nutrients.

Here are a few exotic fruits that are becoming commonplace in the markets of Europe and North America:

Fresh & Dried Fruit V’s Vitamin Supplements

With so many vitamins and mineral supplements on the market that make audacious claims about their benefits, why do we bother to eat fruit? Why not just use supplements? Well, whole fruit contains much more than vitamins and minerals, whether dried or fresh.

Fruit contains complex variations of the vital nutrients the body needs. These can not be replicated in dried corn-based vitamin tablets.

Over and above the vitamins and minerals, fruit contains high levels of antioxidants, fibre, and phytochemicals. While berries ripen on sun-drenched mountains, they absorb nutrients from the soil, sun and fresh air so that it’s impossible to replicate in a laboratory.

Phytochemicals & Antioxidants

Phytochemicals give exotic fruits and green leafy vegetables their deep, vibrant colours. There are more than a thousand phytochemicals known to man, each of which has antioxidant benefits.

Free Radicals

Free radicals are molecules that form in the body when exposed to processed foods, pollution, smoking, pesticides, and many other substances we come in contact with daily. The body’s immune system prevents excessive build-ups of free radicals by neutralising them with antioxidants it gets from food.

If the level of free radicals is allowed to build up in the body, they can start a chain of events that will cause cells within the body to mutate. Potentially develop into cancers, heart diseases, and any number of illnesses.

Antioxidants are used by the body to break down free radicals that have built up. For example, eating fruits with high levels of antioxidants helps lower concentrations of free radicles, meaning the immune system doesn’t get overwhelmed and can rebuild damaged cells and heal the body.

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