Fruits are healthy for our bodies, and it’s important to consume them regularly. But what kinds of fruits should we be eating? A “superfruit” is any fruit that’s full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that promote longevity and prevent disease. So, trade in your oranges and bananas for these five superfruits you should add to your diet.
- Guava- Did you know that one cup of guava has five times more vitamin C than a medium orange? Vitamin C has an ingredient that triggers collagen production, meaning it has the ability to heal skin. Women who eat vitamin C packed foods will be less prone to wrinkles, and according to a study completed by Bangladesh microbiologists, guava protects you from foodborne pathogens such as Listeria. They also found that this superfruit contains as many antioxidants as broccoli and blueberries. You can eat this fruit as is, because the skin is edible, or serve inside a dish. Guavas make good fruit cobblers and smoothies. You can also simmer diced guava to make an applesauce substitute.
- Acai Berries- These South American berries have become quite the health trend. It comes as no surprise because acai berries have twice the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries. This superfruit is a good source of omega fatty acids, protein and fiber. Studies have found that these berries can kill cancer cells, assist with weight loss and promote heart health. This somewhat tart berry is mostly consumed in powder form, which makes it easy to add to practically any food. A few suggestions on what to eat with acai berry powder are salads, yogurt, and seafood.
- Papaya- Papaya is known for its ability to prevent against different types of cancers. This tropical fruit is a good source for beta-cryptoxanthin and lycopene, two ingredients that combat lung, stomach, endometrial (i.e. uterus) and prostate cancer. And when used topically, a papaya can aid in healing burns. You can incorporate papaya into your diet in a few different ways. For starters, simply cut the fruit open and discard the black seeds. Adding a little acidity, like lemon juice, can enhance the flavor. Try adding papaya to your fruit salsa, alongside mango, bell peppers, red onions, raspberries and lemon juice for a great condiment on grilled fish.
- Pomegranate – Looking to add antioxidants to your diet? Look no further. Pomegranates are packed full of them. In fact, studies show that this fruit has approximately three times the antioxidants found in red wine and green tea. In addition to antioxidants, pomegranates also have vitamin C, fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower the risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.When you eat a pomegranate, you’re actually eating the seeds. Cut the fruit open and scoop out the seeds. If you plan to save them for later, they’ll keep for up to three days in the refrigerator or six months in the freezer. Another way to incorporate pomegranates into your diet is to sprinkle the seeds in your orange juice, oatmeal or yogurt.
- Blackberries – Blackberries are full of healthy nutrients, including vitamin B2, vitamin C and vitamin K. Antioxidants and anti-cancer properties are found in this superfruit that assists our bodies in fighting cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. You can consume blackberries raw, in a fruit salad, in a cobbler, or even as a yogurt topping. Blackberries can also be made into jam to store for later. It’s a very versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways while improving your health.
With so many different kinds of healthy food fads, it can be difficult to know what to incorporate into your diet. But try adding some of these superfruits into your diet for an increase in antioxidants, fiber and added health benefits for a healthier you.