Fruit Nutrition & Storage
Can Fruit Make You Happy?
Eating fruit can make you healthier and happier according to the American Journal of Public Health. This study explored the psychological well-being beyond the traditional finding that fruit and vegetables can reduce risk of cancer and heart attacks.(1). This was backed up by some Australian research that found of 12,000 people surveyed spanning over 2 years that those who ate just one extra portion of fruit and veg per a day the happier they felt! (2) Scientists are unsure why this is the case, possibly due to the number of nutrients that the fruit and veg contains.
Health Benefits of Eating Fruit
Those who eat more fruit as part of an overall healthy diet may have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
Low in Fat, Sodium, and Calories. Most fruits are low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.
Potassium, Fibre, Vitamin C. Underconsumed nutrients including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid) are found in most fruit.
Potassium, found in bananas, peaches and apricots and orange juice may help to keep blood pressure low.
Fibre, whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fibre; fruit juices contain little or no fibre. Fibre-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
Vitamin C, a strong antioxidant that can strengthen your body's natural defence.
Anthocyanins, Oxidative stress and inflammation can negatively affect brain function and memory as found in a 2012 Harvard study of those who ate one or more servings of blueberries or two or more servings of strawberries per week.
Phytochemicals are compounds that are produced by plants, these may protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer. These are often found in grapes, apples and citrus fruit.
Enzymes, Bananas for example contain Maltase which breaks down the malt sugars present in your body, this benefits digestion. Amylase is found in your saliva and serves to break down foods like carbohydrates.
Types of Fruit
The main types of fruits are :