While a majority of people are aware of the importance of fruits and vegetables in a balanced diet, they might not be aware of exactly why they’re important. Fruits are full of natural sugars, which allows people to assume that fruits are fattening and not as necessary as vegetables. The truth is though that fruits help people prevent diseases, control their weight, and improve their cholesterol.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, when fruit is consumed in the recommended amounts, it contributes 16 percent of a person’s recommended fiber intake. Fiber helps maintain a healthy weight, can improve cholesterol levels and helps your digestive system to function properly. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fibers; fruit juices contain little to no fiber. Eating fiber-containing food, such as fruit, help provide a feeling of fullness with little calories, which helps with weight management.
In the recommended amounts, fruits contribute to 17 percent of a person’s potassium intake, as well. Potassium helps lower blood pressure, because it relaxes blood vessel walls. Anthocyanins (powerful antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables) reduced the risk of hypertension by 8-12 percent of people who consumed the most according to a 14-year study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Fruit also provides Vitamin C, which is important for the repair of body tissues and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
For convenience, it is suggested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to buy fruits that are dried, frozen, or canned (in water or fruit juice) if you cannot get fresh fruits in season. Conserved fruits allow you to have access to a variety of fruits for a longer period of time without spoiling, but still contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Try to incorporate fruits in your diet any way possible. It’s easy to add fruit to your breakfast, for example: top your cereal with canned peaches or make a smoothie with shelf stable pineapple. Adding pineapple to your diet is as easy as adding diced canned pineapple to your coleslaw or adding preserved sliced pineapple to your grilled pork.
Pineapple, for example, has a lot of dietary benefits. Pineapple contains all of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C helps prevent heart disease and joint pain. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, pineapple contains nearly 75 percent of the daily recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential to developing strong bones and connective tissue. Also, according to the Mayo Clinic, pineapple contains dietary fibers, which helps keep your intestines healthy and your digestive tract regular. Buying shelf stable pineapple allows you to have the benefits of pineapple in your diet without the hassle of buying a whole pineapple. Preserved pineapple also provides the ability to buy in bulk without the fear of spoiled fruit, but the same advantages as fresh fruit.
Incorporating fruits into your diet is both easy and necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fruits will help your body staying working order, allowing you to live a happier, healthier, and longer life.