Here is a list of amazing fruits with nutritional benefits

Fruits are a great way to get the daily requirement of necessary nutrients. The best thing about fruit is that they’re delicious and come in a wide variety of flavors.

If you’ve been eating the same old fruits, it might be time to mix things up. Fruit is a healthy choice of food, but some are healthier than others. Eating only one fruit every day of the week can get boring and can lead to frustration with your diet. However, there are lots of different types you can eat that provide different benefits for your body.

Here are some types of fruits that are high in nutritional value and why you should include them in your diet.

Why are  fruits so good for you?

Fruits are packed with nutritional value. They are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. You can eat fruits daily as a snack or meal replacement. Low-calorie yet high-nutrient content is what makes these juicy jewels so appealing. Plus, they taste great! It's important to know which fruits have the most nutritional value so you can consume them with purpose.

Chilli peppers

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You might be thinking, are chillies a fruit? Believe it or not they are a fruit! Originally from Mexico, chilli peppers spread around the world after Christopher Columbus' expedition to south America, being both used for food and traditional medicine. They belong to the plant genus Capsicum and are related to cherries, tomatoes and eggplant. Chilli peppers can be used in almost anything, even in sweets! (Seriously you should try some Mexican sweets out, they are beyond cool). Although Chilli peppers come in various forms, they all have one thing in common, they possess an abundance of vitamin C, even more than fruits like oranges and lychee. It’s also said that greens are better than reds! These are fruits which you can consume for breakfast, lunch or dinner, proving fruits are not just for dessert. If you like it spicy, here’s an excuse to add more! 

My mum used to even grow these in our community garden, they look really cool as they grow facing upwards! 

Citrus fruits

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I think it’s common knowledge that citrus fruits contain numerous vitamins and minerals, and they are particularly known for having a lot of vitamin C too. Vitamin C is a really important vitamin as it helps with healing wounds, protects your cells and maintains healthy skin, blood vessels and cartilage. Since they cannot be stored in the body, it’s good advice to be eating them regularly, even every day if you can [1].

That’s where citrus fruits come in, oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes and so many others. Most are extremely easy to get your hands on. Lemons and limes can be used in savoury dishes as well as flavouring desserts. They are a really good, quick and easy source of vitamin C. Chances are that you probably have at least one of them laying around your kitchen. fruit bowl or fruit basket. 

Watermelon  

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Isn’t it weird tasting watermelon flavoured sweets? They taste nothing like the real watermelon! To me they are the king of all fruits. Watermelons are 92% water making it great for hydration. You can practically get a good dose of your daily water intake just by eating this fruit alone. It has no fats or proteins which means watermelons are incredibly low in calories. If you’re like me, a person who never drinks enough water, eating watermelon may make drinking water a lot more fun and tasty! And although it’s not summer yet (which lets be honest, is the perfect time to be eating watermelon), they can be enjoyed year round. They also taste amazing in a yummy fruit salad.

Blackberries

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No, not the phone brand (those were the days!😂), speaking of blackberries, did you know Blackberry, the company, was ‘named in reference to the resemblance of its keyboard's keys to the druplets of the blackberry fruit!’ [2] These tiny little fruits are an all stars team just by itself. People tend to focus on vitamins but forget that mineral intake is just as important. Blackberries contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals so by eating these, you’re covered with magnesium, calcium, potassium, fibre and vitamin C, protein and iron. There aren’t many fruits which cover such an array. If you're looking for a low calorie fruit with all the nutritional benefit, this is it, as a bonus it's even low on sugar too.

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[1] NHS website. (2021, November 18). Vitamin C. Nhs.Uk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c/

[2] Wikipedia contributors. (2022, January 5). BlackBerry. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry

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