The heat of the summer season brings delicious, fresh fruits to add to your everyday diet. Including summer fruits in your daily diet can be very beneficial for your health and overall wellbeing. Not only do these fruits keep you cool throughout the season, but they are also loaded minerals, vitamins, and lots of other health benefits. Following are some of the most nutrient-dense summer fruits that you should consider adding to your daily diet.
Mango is known as the king of summer fruits. It is rich in essential minerals and vitamins that help to keep your digestive system healthy, improve your immune system and brain function, and fight cancer. It is a very delicious, sweet fruit that you can use in many types of summer recipes. It is very popular in summer and even in the spring season. It comes from tropical, warmer climates and is ripe from March to June.
Watermelon is another gift of nature in the summer season. Many people think that watermelon is just sugar and water. But contrary to popular belief, it is actually a very nutritious fruit. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and low on calories. It contains vitamin A that is needed for the growth of body tissues, e.g. hair and skin, and it is rich in vitamin C that is required for the maintenance of collagen. Made of 92% water, watermelon is super hydrating.
Pineapple is one of the most loved summer fruits. It offers a lot of health benefits. It is rich in bromelain and vitamin C, which help boost immunity and fight microbial infections. The antioxidant rich fruit helps prevent heart diseases by lowering cholesterol. Not only does it prevent sinusitis, but the research also suggests that pineapple lowers the risk of cancer. The generous amount of manganese present in this tasty fruit helps strengthen connective tissues and bones.
Grapes are refreshing and succulent for the summer. The hydrating pulp of this fruit boosts immunity. This juicy fruit is loaded with 80% water as well as various nutrients that aid with constipation issues, blood pressure, and prevent cancer. It is rich in vitamin K that aids blood clotting. Frozen grapes are a great hydrating summer treat that you should definitely consider adding to your daily diet.
Kiwi is the other name for giant berry. The summer fruit is rich in vitamin E, fiber, and potassium. It is also the combination of B-vitamins, magnesium, and folate – all healthy nutrients that help you chill out in summers. Most of the nutrients of this fruit come from its skin. So, don’t be scared of the fuzzy texture – it is actually the healthiest part of the fruit. Kiwis taste the best in May which is the final month of their harvest.
It’s always a great idea to consume fruits year-round, but when it comes to summer, the options are virtually endless. Above-listed are the healthiest fruits you can add to your diet during the peak summer season.
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