National Fruit and Vegetable Month: Part One – The Fruit

June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month and we wanted to take some time to talk about some of our favorite produce and the mighTEA benefits they have to offer! Whether you love fruits and veggies are much as we do or you only eat them because you know they are good for you, these nutritious treats can provide you with a wide varieTEA of benefits.

At TeaZen®, we offer green tea concentrates that are packed full of healthy and beneficial ingredients that may give you the boost you need! The green tea extracts include ingredients such as elderberry juice concentrate, grape seed, tart cherry juice, goji, and more. These ingredients offer powerful benefits of their own, just like many other fruits and vegetables.

In this blog, we are going to talk about some of our favorite fruits and why you should add them to your diet. With so many different ways that you can eat vegetables and fruits, it is so simple to enjoy them daily. In our next blog, we are going to talk about our favorite veggies, so be sure to stay tuned for part two!

The Fruit

Fruit is like nature’s candy. It is sweet, juicy, and delicious. But unlike real candy, it is also extremely good for you and can provide you with a ton of healthy nutrients. While there are benefits to most fruits, there are a few that stand out when it comes to health benefits. Learn more about some of our favorites below!

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is among one of the healthiest citrus fruits. This juicy fruit is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Half of a grapefruit contains 38.4g of vitamin C, 166g of potassium, 27g of calcium, and many other beneficial nutrients. The flavonoids in grapefruit have been shown to be able to help protect against some cancers, obesity, and inflammation.

An article from Medical News Today mentions a study that suggests a compound found in grapefruit, called furanocoumarins, can help protect against oxidative stress, tumors, and may be able to support healthy bones. Another article from Healthline mentions a study that found that those who ate half a grapefruit before meals lost 2.9 pounds more weight than those who didn’t. The group who ate grapefruit also saw a reduction in insulin levels and reduced insulin resistance.

Pineapple

Pineapple is packed full of mighTEA nutrients. According to the Healthline article, one cup of pineapple provides you with 131 percent of the Reference Daily Intake for vitamin C and 76 percent of the RDI for manganese.

Pineapple also contains an active compound called bromelain. This is a mixture of enzymes that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to digest protein. Many people take bromelain as a dietary supplement because of the potential health benefits. An article from Reader’s Digest mentions that bromelain has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and could increase fertility. There are many different benefits of pineapple, so be sure to add them to your next fruit salad!

Blueberry

We have talked about the health benefits of blueberries before. These are mighTEA little berries that pack a nutritious punch. Blueberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and manganese. They also contain a large amount of antioxidants. The Healthline article mentions that blueberries are believed to have the highest levels of the antioxidant content of the most commonly consumed fruit.

The antioxidants found in blueberries may help reduce the risk of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. They may also be protective on the brain. Studies have found that eating blueberries has been shown to improve memory in older adults. An article from mbgfood mentions that blueberries are good for blood sugar control. The fiber in these little berries creates a gel in the gut, which slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream and may even block sugar from being absorbed through the gut wall.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. This fruit is extremely rich with nutrients and contains high levels of antioxidants. The levels of antioxidants in pomegranate have been shown to be three times higher than antioxidants in green tea and red wine.

The Medical News Today article mentions that pomegranate contains high levels of polyphenols, which may have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help protect against brain-related diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, as well as may reduce the risk of cancer.

Lemon

This citrus fruit contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants and is known for its many health benefits. It is believed that the flavonoids in lemon, as well as other citrus fruits, have antibacterial, anticancer, and antidiabetic properties.

Lemons may be beneficial at promoting heart health because of their potential to lower blood pressure and blood lipids. This fruit may also be able to help prevent weight gain. Some studies have even found that the citric acid in lemon juice has the ability to help treat kidney stones.

Strawberry

Strawberries are a popular and delicious fruit that offer many health benefits. The seed alone provides high levels of dietary fiber per serving. Like most other fruit, this berry contains a ton of different minerals and vitamins that are healthy and beneficial. Strawberries are beneficial for heart health because of the fiber, potassium, and anthocyanins, which are flavonoids. One study found that those who ate three or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week had a lower risk of a heart attack than those who didn’t.

Strawberries also contain a flavonoid called quercetin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. These sweet little berries also have a low glycemic index, especially compared to other fruits, which means that will not cause a huge blood sugar spike. Studies have found that strawberries may even be able to help prevent cancer and tumor formation.

Cranberry

Cranberries are extremely rich in nutrients and contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K1, and copper. One thing that makes cranberries unique is the antimicrobial properties. As antimicrobials, cranberries have the ability to protect against strains of bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Cranberries also contain high levels of flavanol polyphenols, an antioxidant that is great for improving health.

Avocado

Yes, avocado is a fruit. In fact, avocados are technically berries! Unlike most fruit, avocados are low in carbs and are made up of mostly healthy fats. The majority of the fat found in avocados is called oleic acid. This is a monounsaturated fat that has been linked to reduced inflammation and improved heart health.

Avocados also contain large amounts of potassium, fiber, and magnesium. A whole avocado contains 28 percent of the RDI for potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure and the risk of stroke. These berries also contain an antioxidant called lutein, which has been shown to benefit eye and skin health.

These are only a few of the many fruits that are healthy and beneficial! These are some of the most popular fruit out there and while it may be because they are delicious, the nutrients found in these fruits really make it tempting to add more to your diet!

Now that you know more about some of the healthiest fruits, be sure to add them to your fruit salad, eat them as a snack, or find creative ways to add them to your meals! Be sure to stay tuned for part two of our National Fruit and Vegetable Month blog, which will be all about vegetables.

At TeaZen, we offer green tea concentrate products that are packed full of healthy and beneficial ingredient, just like your favorite fruits! Shop our products now and learn more about the ingredients you can find in them. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

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