By Valecia Weeks
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times
Have you ever just stopped and taken a close look at the variety of colors the different fruits are that we should be consuming on a daily basis? Have you ever thought of how these colorful, strangely shaped, consumable objects can benefit our bodies? Well, when it comes to those multi-colored foods, we are what we eat. Not only does an apple a day keep the doctor away; but when we consume a variety of fruits on a daily basis, we get a great source of vitamins and antioxidants that all our bodies need to fight off disease. Each and every fruit is unique in that each one contains different vitamins and minerals; so, when it comes to consumption of your favorite fruit, change it up every now and then because each fruit contains different vitamins and minerals; therefore, making variety your spice of life. Below is a list of commonly consumed fruits and how they can benefit your body.
Apples: If you are looking to build muscle and get those sculpted arms for the summer, try adding apples to your diet on a regular basis. Eating the peel with the apple will help build muscle. Not only do apples help with your outer appearance, they will also give you that daily dose of fiber that you need to help regulate your digestive system.
Bananas: Bananas contain a healthy dose of potassium, which can keep your heart in a healthier state. They can also help in the prevention of bone degeneration. Bananas help regenerate your bones, organs, and cells. Unbeknown to some, Vitamin C is also found in bananas and helps reduce the negative effects of aging. Is there a diva around who wouldn’t want a natural anti-aging agent?
Grapes: These little sweet round fruitscontain potassium, phosphorus, and iron, which a woman’s body can definitely benefit from. Grapes also improve nitric oxide levels in the bloodstream to help prevent blood clots.
Oranges: One of the main benefits of oranges is the high amounts of Vitamin C they contain. Oranges protect your heart and keeps inflammation of the body away. Eating an orange a day will help lower the risk of heart disease. The natural oil in oranges helps keep your skin looking young and fresh. Now, this is something that all we divas can benefit from.
Pineapples: This fruit is a high energy density food that contains more calories than other fruits.Pineapples are great to add to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. So, good bye to all the weight loss powders. The fiber they contain provides a feeling of fullness so you’ll eat less.
Strawberries: Nutrition and enjoyment go hand in hand eating strawberries. This fruit promotes healthy teeth and gums. This would be a great fruit to add on a regular basis if you are suffering from any type of gum disease. Strawberries also help heal wounds. They contain a vitamin called folic acid which helps with tissue growth and cell functions.
Watermelon: Surprisingly, this fruit contains high amounts of protein which provides long term energy for your body. Also, the water found in watermelon will keep you hydrated. So if drinking an ample amount of water daily is your challenge, then watermelon is the fruit for you.
There are a wide variety of fruits for you to choose from. All contain healthy benefits for your body inside and out. Eating fruit in the first part of your day will help cleanse your body. Add different fruits to your diet to help your body get all the vitamins and minerals it needs.