Nutritional Facts on Fruits: Understanding Why Fruits Are So Important for You

When you get the nutritional facts on fruits, you begin to have a whole new appreciation for the old adage about "an apple a day"....

fruitIt's a sad fact that today, most people don't get an adequate serving of fresh fruits on a daily basis. There are a couple of reasons for this. One reason is that an apple a day yesterday is more like three apples today, because of a lot of regulatory interference with our agricultural practices that have caused farmers and orchard growers to use less-than-optimal growing practices. Another reason is our busy-ness. We rush about here and there and we constantly grab food on the go or just skip eating. This leads people to crave fast food instead of fresh fruits.

The basics of the nutritional facts on fruits are these. Fruits are rich with thousands of phytochemicals, which our bodies need for optimal health. Fruits also provides us with essential minerals, and minerals are important for us because although we need them our bodies can't make them, meaning that we have to ingest them.

According to Jeffrey R. Prince, the VP for Education for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), "The thousands of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds called phytochemicals in whole foods act synergistically together to create a more powerful effect than the sum of their parts, producing a result which cannot be recreated by supplements."

Fresh fruits (non-juiced) are also abundant with dietary fiber, and this is far more important than the typical modern person thinks of it as being. Dietary fiber prevents or helps to prevent constipation, colon-rectal cancer, diverticulosis, stomach cancer, and heart disease. The only way to get fruits' dietary fiber is by eating whole fresh fruits.

Fruits contain all-natural, unrefined sugars which are healthy for you (although if you are a diabetic, you have to watch it), but they contain zero cholesterol and are very low in sodium. Fruits contain folic acid, which reduces the risk of anencephaly, neural tube defects, and spina bifida in developing fetuses, meaning pregnant women should eat an abundance of fruit.

Now that you've got down the basic nutritional facts on fruits, here's the hard part: you're supposed to get seven to 13 servings of fresh fruits every day. How many of us do that, or even feel that we have the time for it? The answer for most of us is to eat at least one piece or one serving of whole fruit every day, then make up the difference with supplements. In spite of the advice of Dr. Prince, well-formulated, all-natural supplements that contain or are made up of fruit extracts do preserve the phytochemicals found in fruits, although as with fruits juices they clearly cannot give you your dietary fiber.

Other than the whole fruit that you need for the fiber, an excellent way to get more fruits is through juicing. You can use fruit juices to replace sodas, "sports drinks", and unhealthy junk like that. With the nutritional facts on fruits in your mind, hopefully you feel inspired to get the blend of whole fruits, fruit juice, and dietary supplements that you need for optimal health.

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