Top 10 Fruity Facts to Save Your Life
Eating more fruits and vegetables- and less animal fat – is
good for health. But did you known that particular fruits offer observable
health benefits that can be measured in the laboratory? Some examples of what
fruits can extend your life – and what science says about them:
Studies show that people who eat the most beta-carotene in fruits and
vegetables – smokers included – are less at risk of getting cancer and heart
disease. Try oranges, kumquats, strawberries or other yellow or orange fruits
for maximum benefit.
up on vitamin C:
Especially if you’re diabetic. Here ‘s why; An Italian study of adult –
onset diabetics found that those who took 1,000 mg of vitamin C supplements
daily for four months had lower levels of total and LDL cholesterol ( bad
cholesterol) , triglycerides and fasting insulin. High – C treasure include
grapes, strawberries and oranges.
It is also believed that vitamin C can have a small but
significant effect on lowering blood pressure.
your motto be 'more tomato':
A California study of 88 American nuns (aged 77 to 98) found those with the
highest blood levels of lycopene- a carotenoid compound found mainly tomatoes
and tomato products – were the least likely to need help with activities like
bathing , dressing and walking . Studies also show lower rates of colon and
prostate cancer in people who eat tomato products every day.
When scientists measured total free – radical zapping power from the
combined antioxidants in each of 12 common fruits they found that strawberries
contain the most C and E vitamins, carotenoids (like beneficial
beta-carotene), and a slew of other compounds .
Go ahead; Eat fruit…. Fresh fruit! In huge, 17-year-old study of 10,771 health –
conscious eaters in England, Scotland and Wales, those who ate fresh fruit every
day had 24 per cent less chance of a fatal heart attack, 32 per cent less chance
of fatal stroke and 21 per cent less chance of dying from any natural causes, as
compared to those who ate no fruit.
When raisin snacks are added to an other wise low – fibre diet , the average
time it takes waste to move through your gastro- intestinal tract is cut in half
– from two days to one . You might get the same effect form eating grapes. But
to equal a handful of raisins, you’d need more than a cup of grapes, not exactly
handy for stuffing in your handbag.
Fruit juice is a simple carbohydrate, possibly with natural or added vitamin
C. It lacks the protein, fat and many micronutrients that children need for
growth. It’s also lower in calories than milk and many foods. Your children
might be compromising their health if they‘re substituting fruit juice for milk,
meals and whole fruit.
Bioflavonoids are chemical compounds related to vitamin C that may
neutralise LDL cholesterol and reduce the tendency or red blood cells to stick
together and block arteries. They‘re found in nearly all plants, so fruits and
veggies are likely to be good sources. The more bioflavonoids you consume – you
also get them form tea, onions and apples – the less likely you are to get heart
nitrosamines ring a bell?
When you eat hot dogs and ham, your body has to digest certain
preservatives. In the process, it also produces certain cancer promoting agents
called nitrosamines. The best and the easiest way to neutralise these lethal
nitrosamines is with one cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. It contains 124
mg of vitamin C, the vital vitamin that helps prevent mouth, throat, stomach and
intestinal cancers. Also, oranges are rich in potassium. One juicy orange
contains a whopping 263 mg of the mineral.
Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day (ideally; two fruits, three
veggies). Sounds harder than it is, because most of us are simply too lazy or
too disorganized to do it. Have a banana and an orange with your cereal in the
morning. You‘ve at least got your daily requirement of fruits. Note: a serving
is half cup of raw, cubed fruit, one medium – sized whole fruit or two
tablespoons of dried fruit.
Dated 12 February 2013