While fruit is generally held to be among the healthiest of food groups when it comes to food & drink, it is also true that some fruits are more healthy than others, and some fruits are actually harmful if not eaten in moderation. So, what fruit should you look out for on your next weekly shop?
Grapefruit is arguably the healthiest of all the citrus fruits. Not only is it a great source of vitamins and minerals, but it is also great for aiding weight loss. On top of this, it can reduce insulin levels and cholesterol levels, along with helping to prevent kidney stones.
Bananas are most well-known for their high potassium content, but these wonder-fruits are also rich in healthy carbs. They also contain pectin, which can improve blood sugar control and give you a feeling of fullness that not many fruits can offer.
Moreover, studies have shown that the high carb and mineral content of bananas makes them a great source of fuel before exercise
In “starch-opposition” to bananas, avocados are low in carbs and are mainly comprised of healthy fats.
Much of the fat in avocados is oleic acid – a monounsaturated fat associated with better heart health and reduced inflammation. On top of this, they contain high amounts of fiber, magnesium and potassium.
Coconuts contain an awful lot of saturated fat, sugar, and calories. As a result, people with high cholesterol or a history of heart disease should perhaps caution themselves with their consumption of coconuts and coconut-related products.
While dense in nutrients, pomegranates also contain a whopping 39 grams of sugar per fruit, which is extremely high. The fruit is perhaps better suited to be consumed as a topping or as a flavouring rather than a healthy snack.