Super Fruits Acai, Apricots and Avocados

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Super Fruits Acai, Apricots and Avocados

In our first in a series of fruit frenzy posts, we will take a quick look at three super fruits – acai, apricots and avocados and their health benefits.

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Acai Berries


Super foods are those foods that do such things as lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The acai berry is now one of those foods.

  • Acai berries provide energy to our bodies. This helps us keep moving.
  • Acai berries help you lose weight faster.
  • Acai berries can lower your cholesterol.
  • Acai berries can lower your blood pressure.
  • Acai berries help prevent several serious diseases like heart disease.

Apricots

  • Apricots are a good source of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps protect vision.
  • Apricots are a good source of vitamin C.
  • Three medium apricots contain about 50 calories. This makes them a great low calorie snack.
  • The beta-carotene in apricots may provide heart benefits.

Avocados

  • Avocados are sodium and cholesterol free.
  • Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Avocados are a good source of vitamin K and vitamin C.
  • Avocados are  a good source of beta-carotene.

Avocado Caution

Individuals with latex allergies should limit their avocado consumption or avoid it completely. Unfortunately, the fruit contains high amounts of chitinase enzymes. These enzymes are associated with latex allergies. Lightly cooking the food slightly deactivates these enzymes.

Super Fruits: Persistent Point

All fruits are healthy for us, but the best ones are those with the most fiber. A good rule of thumb is to stick with the “S or S” fruits. These are the ones with edible skins or seeds.  Fruits included are apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and grapes.

Eating the skin and seeds amps up your fiber intake. The skin and the seeds contain most of the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. That’s why it’s much better to eat whole fruit, rather than relying on juices.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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