5 Most Nutritious Fruits
by Healthy Homestead Team
A month ago
Losing fat and gaining muscle. Ask anyone who wants to lose weight, he will tell you those are his/her goals. To get there, you need to eat food that is nutritious, and contains a lot of minerals and vitamins. We often forget how important micronutrients are for our body. We put emphasis on carbs, fat, and protein. But that is not all we are getting from each meal.
Micronutrients are an essential part of a healthy body and a great physique. Our body does not produce micronutrients. That means we need to source them from our diet. Micronutrients are necessary for most of our body’s systems to function properly. Deficiency in certain vitamins or minerals can cause health issues. For example, deficiency in potassium causes weakness and muscle cramping, while deficiency in iron can cause anemia and hair loss.
With that in mind, here are a couple of fruits that are extremely high in vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients.
One mango contains 32g of carbs, 1.7g of protein, and less than 1g of fat. This tropical and exotic fruit is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. In the same time, you get minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Mango might be harder to find, since it is an exotic fruit. But if you can find some fresh mango, it is a great addition to your diet and nutrition. The high amount of fiber will also improve your digestion.
Just be careful with mango, it is a bit more caloric than most fruits. You do not want to load on mango.
In the past few years, pomegranate has received huge praise. And it is for a good reason. The delicious flavor of pomegranate delivers a bundle of micronutrients. Just one half cup of pomegranate will get you decent amounts of potassium and magnesium, as well as some harder to find vitamins in fruits like vitamin E and vitamin K.
When you think of guava, you do not often think of a highly nutritious fruit. But guava has more than 300% of your daily recommended value of vitamin C. That is much more than a lemon. This tropical fruit is also high in fiber.
Most importantly, guava contains decent amount of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found mostly in tomatoes.
Out of the many berries that are out there, blueberries are the most famous one. They are the gold standard for antioxidants. But raspberries might be even more nutritious, and they can be found year-round.
Raspberries are very high in folate, a vitamin you will have troubles finding in other fruits. You also get decent amounts of vitamin C and vitamin K.
Just freeze raspberries and then add them in your smoothie whenever you want.
When it comes to citrus fruits, lemon gets most of the praise and spotlight. Oranges, however, might be even better. Oranges are better than lemon because of their more sugary flavor. Let’s be honest, not all the kids want the bitterness of lemons.
If you or your kids want sweeter citrus fruit rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, go for oranges. You can also source potassium, calcium, and beta-carotene from oranges. And the best part is, oranges are high in soluble and insoluble fiber.