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Fruits

 

Fruits are the parts of plants that hold the seeds. Many plants rely on animals to carry seeds away from the parent plant, and have evolved with a wide array of ways to attract their helpers. Bright colors, tantalizing aromas and flavors appeal to humans as well as to many other species of mammals, birds and insects.


Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Fruits are bulky foods, with lots of fiber and water so they are filling without contributing a lot of calories.

Fresh, raw fruits usually have the highest nutritional value, but frozen, canned and dried fruits retain plenty of their nutrients as well. Just choose as wide a variety as possible and eat several servings of fruits every day. Eat the peel if it's edible; vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are often concentrated in or near the skin.

Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits available in virtually every market; don't limit yourself to just apples, oranges and bananas. Count the number of different kinds of fruit you eat this week, then try to eat twice as many different ones next week.

Most fruits contain a lot of
sugar, but that does not mean they should be avoided by diabetics or others who are concerned about sugar intake. No one should miss out on all the nutrients found in fruits; just eat them with other foods to avoid the rise in blood sugar that occurs in some
individuals if fruit is eaten all by itself.

 

Fruits
(Fresh, Frozen, Canned or Dried)
Apples
Apricots
Asian Pears
Bananas
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cactus Pears
Carambola (Star Fruit)
Cherimoyas
Cherries
Clementines
Coconut
Cranberries
Currants
Dates
Feijoa
Figs
Gooseberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guavas
Kiwi fruit
Kumquats
Lemons
Limes
Lychees
Mangoes
Melons
Nectarines
Oranges
Papayas
Peaches
Pears
Persimmons
Pineapple
Plantains
Plums
Pomegranates
Pomelos
Prunes
Pumpkin
Quinces
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerines
Watermelon
Mixed fruits
All other fruits

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July 30th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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