With warmer weather upon us, I would imagine many of us are itching to get our hands on some fresh, local produce that becomes available throughout the Spring and Summer months here in Ontario. There is something so fantastic about biting into a crisp, juicy piece of fruit that has been produced locally, and soon enough we will be able to experience this joy.
With this to look forward to, I wanted to do a little bit of research to determine which fruits are ‘better’ in terms of the nutrients they offer. This information comes from Healthline, and personally, I think it’s worth reading.
Grapefruit: “Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals, it is known for its ability to aid weight loss and reduce insulin resistance,” Healthline explains.
Pineapple: “Among the tropical fruits, pineapple is a nutrition superstar. One cup (237 ml) of pineapple provides 131% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for vitamin C and 76% of the RDI for manganese (5). Pineapple also contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to digest protein,” the article says.
Blueberries: “They have an impressive nutrition profile, being particularly high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese (13). Blueberries are also exceptionally high in antioxidants,” says Healthline.
Apples: “They contain a high amount of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin K. They also provide some B vitamins (19),” the article says.
Pomegranate: “Not only are they nutrient dense, they also contain powerful plant compounds that are responsible for most of their health benefits. The antioxidant levels in pomegranate have been shown to be three times higher than those of green tea and red wine,” says the article.
Mango: “Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also contain soluble fiber, which can provide many health benefits. Additionally, mangoes have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the risk of disease (31Trusted Source, 32Trusted Source),” according to the article.
Fruit is pretty awesome, folks. Eat up!