Whilst vegetables can sometimes feel like a chore, fruits are undeniably a delicacy and sweeter than most of your junk food faves, making them a super palatable choice to feed your sugar craving while also loading up on some vitamins and minerals – who said you can't kill two birds with one stone?
If for some reason you don't agree how versatile fruits can be then potentially you need an expansion of your fruit diversity instead of settling for the obvious easy buys like apples and bananas (two excellent choices by the way so not knocking them and well and truly deserve a place in your fruit bowl).
The 5-a-day rule has been drilled into all of us from earlier then we can remember but for many people it's 2 or 3 too many to fit in each day, for reasons of time and expense. So if you are finding it difficult to get your 5-a-day in maybe mixing up your variety of fruit could help fill the nutrient gap that you may be missing and potentially some fruits may be worth more than just one of your five a day whilst also being extra delicious.
Hopefully, you are unknowingly indulging in these super fruits already but here is an introduction to why these wonderful healthy fruits have unbelievable benefits for your body:
So those are five of the best fruits you can incorporate into your diet that you may not already be consuming. If you are already then my bad and congratulations to you. If you're not then head down to your nearest supermarket or health food store and try and incorporate at least one of them into your regular diet – you won't regret it.
All fruits are amazing, packed with awesome vitamins, minerals and healthy sugars and fibre so make sure you always have at least one serving of fruit a day but no more than 2 or three servings because as you know, you can have too much of a good thing too and fruits do contain lots of sugar, which can be a problem for diabetics and can also lead to extra weight gain.
Don't forget also that not all fruits are sweet, such as avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, sweet bell peppers, olives and more. All very good for you and should also be part of your diet.
How Big Is a Serving?
Generally, one serving of fruit is equal to about half a cup (sliced or chopped) or around 100 grams or about as much as you can hold in the palm of your hands. Fruits like apples, bananas, pears, oranges are a serving in their own right but things like water melons, pineapples and other larger fruit need to be sliced up into to at least 8 slices and each slice is a serving. Wrap the rest up in cling film and leave in the fridge to enjoy the following days.
Other ways to incorporate fruit in your diet
No joke, certain fruits go so well in sandwiches and must be tried such as sliced figs in a cheese sandwich. The two marry so well – trust me. Got some left over chicken from your Sunday roast? Shred some of it and add to a sandwich with a slice or diced up pineapple – hits the spot every time! Another great combination is thinly sliced red onion with slightly thicker slices of apple in a ham sandwich. Cream cheese and strawberries is also a winner. Really the combinations can go on forever, you just need to have a go at combining different fruits in your favourite sandwiches.
Just need to sign off with a disclaimer. Apart from a few small studies, there's no evidence to suggest there's any magical power found in grapefruit or any other ‘super fruit' other than the well known scientific studies that say they are beneficial to health. So, super fruits or any other fruit is no magic bullet for superior heath. They are just one tasty cog in the pursuit of living well and eating as healthy as possible.