5 Of The Best-For-You Fruits


Fruits are generally high in fiber, water and vitamin C and regular consumption of fruit is usually associated with reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer disease, cataracts, and some of the functional declines associated with aging. Sounds pretty good, huh? It’s even got it’s own category in the food pyramid. They even suggest 2-3 servings of fruits a day. Which fruits should you eat, though? Here’s 5 of the best fruits for you and why they’re so good for you.


These beauties are rich in the antioxidant beta carotene; the molecule that gives fruits and vegetables their orange color. Apricots also contain an abundant supply of iron and potassium. They help regulate blood pressure and maintain regular bowel function. If you ever experience constipation, eat an apricot!

One fresh apricot or a handful of dried apricots, provide an adult with one-fifth of the daily recommended value of potassium. It also packs a whopping 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, 8 percent vitamin C, and 5 percent fiber. Apricots contain tryptophan, which helps to induce sleep and relaxation.

Wikpedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricots


Oftentimes, people shy away from avocados because of their fat content. However, avocados contain “good” fat and are rich in vitamins C, E, and B6. They are also a good source of potassium.

Studies have shown avocados possess the ability to reduce cholesterol. Individuals diagnosed with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) can obtain health benefits by consuming two to three avocados per week. Avocados are high in calories, so limit weekly consumption to a maximum of around three.

Wikpedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado


Need a quick energy boost? Eat a banana. This delectable fruit contains only 62 calories and is rich in potassium and vitamin B6. It also boasts a healthy dose of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Look for bananas which are fully ripened because they contain more starch than “green” bananas. Banana starch is converted to sugar, making this fruit a good choice for people with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Bananas are probably one of the most versatile health foods available. They can be eaten with every meal, as a snack or dessert. You can add them to frozen yogurt or a fruit salad. They can be grilled, broiled, sautéed or flambéed. One of my all-time favorite banana recipes is to insert a popsicle stick into a banana, coat in melted carob, roll in chopped nuts and freeze. There’s nothing better on a hot summer night!

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana


This tart berry has been shown to reduce inflammation; making blueberries a good choice for individuals with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Research shows that eating thirty blueberries per day can help alleviate aches and pains in the joints.

In addition to being an anti-inflammatory fruit, blueberries also offer anti-blood clotting and antibacterial effects. They can help ease the pain associated with diarrhea or food poisoning. Blueberries contain the highest level of antioxidants and are said to possess anti-aging properties.

One cup of blueberries contains less than 100 calories, yet provides nearly 30 percent of the RDA for vitamin C, 10 percent vitamin E, and 15 percent dietary fiber. They can be added to cereal, oatmeal, fruit salads, and yogurt or eaten plain. Add dried blueberries to granola and eat as an afternoon snack for a quick-pick-me-up.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry


Mangoes contain beta-cryptoxanthin, a potent antioxidant that prevents free radicals from damaging your cells and DNA. Recent studies have shown that mangoes may help to reduce the risk of colon and cervical cancer. Mangoes are rich in beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A within the body. It’s important to note that beta-cryptoxanthin is best absorbed by the body when eaten with fat. For best results, consume mangoes as part of a meal.

Mango salsa makes an excellent companion with chicken and pork. They add a tart, yet sweet flavor to fruit salads and smoothies. Mangoes can be frozen, but be certain to remove the skin and core before you store them in a freezer bag.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mango

7 Comment(s)

  1. Hi Robbie! Thanks for the tip on eating the banana when it’s more ripe, I have low blood sugar so this would definitely help me out in a time crunch. 🙂 The apricots in the picture look like peaches, no? The only apricots I’ve ever had were the Neiman Marcus ones, lol. And those looked rather squished and chewy.

    Mary Leedy | Apr 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. haha thanks, mary. yeah they do kinda look like peaches as apricots are similar in size and shape, but they’re apricots 🙂 I think most people eat the dried ones so they’re not familiar with them in the whole sense.

    Rants&Raves | Apr 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. it is easy to relieve constipation. just eat some fruits and veggies with lots of juice and fiber..

    Randy Holloman | May 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. Whenever i have diarrhea, i just take some Diatabs or Imodium tablets and it gives me some relief after a few minutes

    Hayden Bennett | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. It is important that you move your bowel regularly, fiber rich diet helps prevent constipation. ,

    Felecia Mccravy | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. free radicals are the number stuff that causes aging and kills our body slowly but surely

    Tumble | Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. free radicals can really damage your cells, that is why i always take antioxidants *,”

    Digital Caliper | Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

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