Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and also it preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
Fruits are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folate (folic acid).
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate. Folate helps prevent neural tube birth defects.
The nutrients in fruit are vital for health and maintenance of your body. The potassium in fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Potassium may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age.
Health Benefits of Fruit:
- Eating a diet rich in fruit may reduce risk for stroke, other cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes.
- A fruit containing eating pattern is part of an overall healthy diet and may protect against certain cancers.
- Fruit helps maintain optimum health due to the health promoting phytochemicals it contains – many of which are still being identified.
- One to 2-1/2 cups of fruit are recommended each day, depending on how many calories you need.