• 7 Underrated healthy fruits you should be eating

    Author: Bernard Moss

    PLANT POWER - In other words, the benefits of fruits, vegetables, and other delicious foods from the plant kingdom.

    Today I've got a list of 7 underrated, under-appreciated fruits that you should be eating regularly. These fruits are delicious, and very nutritious:

    1. Pineapple: Not only are pineapples a delicious tropical treat, they contain bromelain, which has been linked to a wide variety of health benefits - cognium, including easing inflammation and aiding with digestion, look cognium. (Source: WHFoods: Pineapple)

    2. Kiwifruit: Kiwifruit is high in vitamin C, and also contains a fair amount of potassium. It has also been shown to be a natural bloodthinner.

    3. Raspberries: Raspberries are in the top 10 of antioxidant-high fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants have been thought to prevent and repair oxidative stress, a process linked to the development of disease such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's. (Source: Washington Red Raspberry Commission)

    4. Pears: Pears are a rich source of Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, as well as copper, and potassium. Pears are natural energy boosters. (Source: Freediets.com)

    5. Plum: These delicious little fruits have been shown not only to be a good source of vitamin C, but also a great source of phenols, which offer antioxidant protection, preventing oxygen-based damage to fats, such as those that make up a substantial portion of our brain cells, among others. (Source: WHFoods)

    6. Cantaloupe: Also known as a muskmelon, these delicious fruits are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as being a good source of potassium and folate. The perfect summer treat! (Source: USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory)

    7. Apricots: A delicious way to up your fiber intake, the high beta-carotene content of apricots also makes them important for your heart. Beta-carotene helps protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, which may be helpful in preventing heart disease. (Source: WHFoods: Apricots)

    Enjoy your fruit!

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