Fruits come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and flavours and it is well known that eating fruits on a regular basis can boost your health. However,not all fruits are created equal.
Some fruits provide unique health benefits. For instance, using more fruits and vegetables along with whole grain, lean meats, nuts and beans is a safe and healthy way to lose or maintain weight. Fruits can be a real pleasure when you are cutting back on calories-they are wholesome, nutritious and provide a sweet hit of pleasure. A few surprising fruits even come with weight loss benefits. They include:
They have high water content, are low in calories and have a good amount of fibre. They are also full of nutrients like vitamin C ,K, folate and potassium.
High amount of vitamin C is the key to weight reduction. It controls blood pressure, manages cholesterol levels, supports gut health and immune function and metabolizes fats.
You can eat the skin with the flesh but others choose to peel it off because of its fuzzy texture.
This is a general term for those that have a pit or ‘stone’ at the center of their soft,juicy flesh or in their center that is encased in a fleshy outer area. Examples of stone fruits include; cherries, peaches, plums, apricots and mangoes. They are not only delicious but also highly versatile.
They are rich in nutrients like vitamin A and C which makes them great for people trying to lose weight. They are also low in calories but high in fibre which helps your body to digest food efficiently and smoothly.
Photo courtesy: sujajuice.com
While rhubarb is not a fruit, its stalks can be eaten raw to aid in weight loss. It is also usually put to the same culinary uses as fruits. Rhubarb is well known for its reddish stalks and sour taste.In as much as it is beneficial to the body,its leaves are known to have toxic levels known as oxalic acid which when eaten can cause kidney damage and lead to death. If you are to eat it raw,cut off the leaves near the base and stick to the stems.
Photo courtesy: foodal.com
An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, as the old saying goes, but also helps in weight loss. Apples are low in calories and high in fibre which promote satiety(feeling full). This naturally prevents you from bingeing on more food which helps you lose or maintain healthy weight.
Fruits rich in vitamin C go a long way in regards to weight loss. It’s best to eat them whole rather than juiced.However,eating fruits alone is not the key to weight loss. You should strive for a healthy, whole-foods-based diet alongside physical exercises for maximum benefits.
Get your copy of our previous issues here!
Watch our videos on YouTube!
Kubamba Dj Gee Gee and his wife Jaz take on the Tiktok couple challenge