Fruits

FRUITS :CHEAP, COMMON AND INDISPENSIBLE

Not until I discovered the great benefits of the contents of fruit, I was part of that 70% of us today who think twice before spending extra naira to buy fruits. Since most of them do not come with this satisfying and bowel-filling feeling, we often consider them very unnecessary and ‘seasonal’ or even ceremonial.

Maybe you have been told that fruits are beneficial and you’re faced with  the question: what makes them beneficial?

Fruits are seed bearing part of flowering plants characterized by pleasant taste (sometimes), attractive appearance and are edible. Simple as it is, everything including its appearance and content makes it very beneficial. Below are some of those content and its benefits to our health.

▶Water

The well known benefits of water to the body are the same benefits water in fruits offer. It aids easy gastric motility, involved in digestion and removal of toxins.

▶Nutrients

Fruits are known to be a source of sugar and protein. These help in providing energy and in body building.

▶Low Fat/Calories

The FAT and calorie content in fruits are very low. This makes them safe for consumption in people of healthy weight and those trying to loose weight. It also prevents those disease associated with high fat and high calories, such as cardiovascular diseases.

▶Vitamins

The importance of these cannot be over emphasised. In the primary schools, vitamins are said to be the ‘soldiers’ of the body. This is because the are important constituents of the body’s immune system. These Vitamins (A, B1, B2,B3,B6, C, D, E and K) function in enzymatic activities, as Antioxidants, in blood clotting, in generation of new cells, in Red blood cells production, in nervous and immune system.

▶Dietary Fibers

Fibers contained in fruits such as orange, Apple, carrot, peas etc allow for easy bowel movement. As such, prevent constipation, brings relief, maintain healthy weight and prevent diseases associated with obesity. It also absorbs glucose thereby, prevent increase in blood glucose level and diabetes.

▶Antioxidants

Some harmful molecules called oxygen free radicals which are natural by-products of cell metabolism, accumulate to destroy cells. Antioxidants protect the body from damages caused by these harmful molecules. Antioxidants found in fruits include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Polyphenolic flavours, Anthocyanins.

▶Ions

Ions such as

Calcium: Important in development and maintenance of string bones and teeth as well as normal functioning of the nervous system.
Folate:This is highly recommended in pregnant women and women of reproductive ages. It prevents the birth of children with neural tube defects.
Iron: An important part of Haemoglobin and Myoglobin which are involved in transport of oxygen
Potassium: Diets rich in Potassium ions in fruits help to keep up a healthy blood pressure.

These and many more, yet to be discovered, are reasons you should include fruits in your budget.

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