According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, the top five fruits consumed by Americans from 2000-2010 were oranges, grapes, apples, bananas, and pineapple. If this sounds like the inside of your fridge, you could be missing out on some other less common, but amazingly tasty fruits with loads of health benefits. We’ve put together a list of slightly less-common fruits not to be avoided. Not only do these fruits taste great, but most make our list of SUPERFOODS!
Here Are the 6 Best Fruits You Must Not Avoid:
Mango. Sweet, juicy mangoes not only taste great, but they are also loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy enzymes to keep you looking and feeling healthy. Read more about why we love mangoes.
Papaya. Mildly sweet tropical papayas taste delicious and can help in the prevention of life-threatening conditions such as blocked arteries and even cancer. Find out more about papayas here.
Kiwi. Even though on the outside it looks like a furry brown ball, the inside of a kiwi packs a surprise of bright, beautiful color and flavor. In addition to the variety of yummy recipes that include kiwi, the fruit has numerous nutritional benefits, including vitamins C & E, antioxidants and fiber. Click here to find out why kiwis are a good addition to a healthy diet.
Apricot. Although apricots could be labeled “the other orange fruit,” they actually have many unique reasons to have their own spotlight. Apricots are high in vitamins A and C as well as potassium. Their orange color comes from beta-carotene and lycopene, both of which reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Learn more about the nutritional qualities of apricots here.
Fig. Figs pack a whole lot of fiber, which helps regulate bowel habits. Like other fruits, figs contain pectin, which can help lower cholesterol. And, the combination of high potassium but low sodium in figs can help with hypertension issues.
Rhubarb. Even though rhubarb looks like red-tinted celery, in the U.S., it is classified as a fruit. Rhubarb is high in vitamin C and calcium and also contains vitamin K. It’s low sodium and saturated fat content can also help lower cholesterol.
Try making a batch of strawberry rhubarb lemonade by using fresh squeezed lemons, diced rhubarb, organic strawberries, fresh sprigs of mint, and honey to sweeten.
Looking for more fruits and veggies to add to your diet? Check out 50 Superfoods – The Ultimate Shopping List.
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