Enjoy The Benefits of 5 Summer Fruits
When it comes to fruit, many of us could do a lot better. Hopefully, this article will remind you of how delicious and rewarding fruits are and get you to enjoy 5 of the healthiest summer fruits this summer. Full of flavor, mouth-watering fruits. Let us reap the nutritional benefits of these nutritious powerhouses.
Enjoy 5 of the Healthiest Summer Fruits
By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD
With summer on its way, more people are looking for ways to tame the heat. Instead of making a beeline for the ice cream parlor or guzzling sugary iced lattes, why not feast on Mother Nature's gift of refreshing summer fruit? Do so and you'll reap the benefits of their health-hiking, physique-chiseling powers.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate five servings or more of fruit or vegetables each day were more likely to live longer. And if that isn't motivation enough, consider that higher intakes of fruit have also been associated with a lower risk of becoming overweight.
Sadly, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 76 percent of American adults aren't meeting their daily fruit intake needs of 1.5-2.0 cups each day. So this summer let's try to buck this trend by loading up on five of the best flat-belly summer fruits!
1 TART CHERRIES
It's time to pucker up! Although you can find dried tart cherries and cherry juice all year round, you should grab them during their short summer season when they are fresh.
The antioxidants they contain have been shown to help improve recovery from training by limiting training-induced swelling and muscular damage. What's more, tart cherries contain melatonin. Melatonin is a compound that can improve sleep quality which is essential for maximum recovery from hard training.
While peaches may make the pie, sun-kissed nectarines are also a worthy addition to your summer menu. The easiest way to tell the difference between these two stone fruits is the absence of fuzz on the nectarine. Their yellow-tinged flesh is a good source of vitamin C, which can have an impact on fat oxidation during exercise, making it a potential ally in the battle of the bulge.
More good news: Scientists at the University of California (Davis) determined that nectarines can pony up notable amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants. A nectarine that's ready to devour will be fragrant and will give slightly to the touch.
Consisting of about 90 percent water, this ultra-refreshing fruit is filled with liquid to help keep you hydrated when temperatures begin to soar. Cantaloupe's impressive nutritional resume includes plenty of vitamin C and beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A, which helps regulate the growth of new skin cells to assure you're flaunting the best beach body possible.
On its own, beta-carotene may have a protective effect against certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease. As a bonus, cantaloupe supplies healthy amounts of core-carving fiber.
If the dog days of summer are leaving you parched, be sure to bite into summer's quintessential fruit. Watermelon is made up of more than 90 percent water. Proper hydration is important to keep your joints well-lubricated and your metabolism humming along. But watermelon is so much more than H2O. A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that the amino acid L-citrulline, which is abundant in watermelon, can dampen muscle soreness in athletes. via Enjoy 5 of the healthiest summer fruits
They might be blue, but when it comes to nutrition, there's nothing sad about these health bombs. For a mere 84 calories per cup, blueberries deliver 4 grams of belly-flattening fiber and a huge payload of anthocyanin antioxidants, chemicals responsible for the deep purple hue of the fruit.
Researchers in New Zealand determined that antioxidants in blueberries may help reduce
Research suggests that cooking does not result in a significant drop in the antioxidant power of blueberries. If you can find them and don't mind the splurge, wild blueberries are especially chock-full of antioxidants.
Enjoy the delicious surge of nutrients the way nature intended. It is recommended that you eat your fruits in the morning on an empty stomach, as it helps with detoxification and weight loss. Although research suggest that cooking doesn't result in a significant drop in nutrients they are best eaten in their raw form. I hope this article has you drooling for fruits this summer and reminds you of how beneficial they are to your body. And if you can't eat them, whip them into an easy nutritious smoothie.