Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mixing fresh fruit varieties helps keep the balance.

In this mix

What?
Plums

Why?
Plums are a good source of vitamin C, A, B2 and potassium and provide essential fibre.
In general plums have the same sorts of health benefits as prunes.
As plums contain oxalates seek advice if you suspect kidney or gallbladder problems.

What?
Dark grapes

Why?
Grapes contain vitamin C and beneficial flavinoids which are phytonutrients that give the vibrant purple color to grapes, grape juice and red wine. Darker colour means more flavinoids.
Grape skins contain phenolic compounds which inhibit certain enzymes having an effect on constricted blood vessels. (My clever Dr Bill recommended sipping grape juice if I have a migraine. I know from my experience that it helps. Is this part of the reason?)
Grapes also contain the phytonutrient, resveratrol, "thought to be responsible for these numerous protective effects on cholesterol metabolism, oxidative stress (free radical activity) and inflammation." - from The World's Healthiest Foods web site. (see link to the left of this blog under "articles of interest"

What?
Apples

Why?
Apples are agreat source of soluable and insoluable fibre.
Apples contain the flavonoid, quercitin's whose benefits derive from its antioxidant activity, especially when it teams up with vitamin C, also found in apples, to bolster the body's immune defenses. This dynamic antioxidant duo provides another way in which apples protect us.
If interested in the research and other health benefits of apples go to the World's Healthiest Foods web site. ( see link to the left of this blog under "articles of interest")

What?
Nectarines & Peaches

Why?
Peaches and nectarines belong to the rose family. They contain vitamins A and C, which promote healthy skin, good eyesight, and a strong immune system. They also are good sources of potassium and fiber.

What?
Kiwifruit

Why?
Kiwifruit is almost a super food. It has great protective powers which go beyond those attributable to its high vitamin C and beta-carotine.
Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, neutralizing free radicals that can cause damage to cells and lead to problems such as inflammation. "Owing to the multitude of vitamin C's health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer." (WHF)
Kiwifruit contains the fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E. making kiwi fruit doulbly protective.

This is the mix for today. I use affordable, fresh fruits in season and try to have a mix of strong colours.

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