If you’re using a Vitamix or a Blendtec, you’re most likely doing so with fruit, and lots of it. If you’re not using a lot of fruit, what on earth are you doing with your blender?
Eating plentiful doses of fruits and vegetables for optimal health has been preached for ages, and it is true – eating veggies and fruits on a consistent basis will improve your overall health and well being. Those benefits are well researched and documented by the brightest minds in the land – but there are some health benefits you may not have been familiar with when it comes to the most common fruits found in your grocery store, and subsequently, in your blender.
I took a cursory look at the fruits available at my local grocery store and compiled this list of the top 20 fruits you’ll most likely find in your grocery store as well. Every fruit mentioned has multiple health benefits based on research, but I wanted to try and list some health benefits you may not have been aware of for each type.
In addition to the health benefit, I also curated a list of weird and interesting facts about the fruits on this list. Some of the weird facts you may have never known – I actually learned quite a bit while compiling the information.
- Help prevent gallstones
- Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
- Help prevent constipation
- Bananas can also benefit your garden. Instead of throwing the peels away, banana peels are ideal fertilizer for gardens and soils. Rose bushes benefit a great deal from the peels. If you have a certain plant that you want to blossom, simply bury a few peels next to it by the roots. In a few weeks, the plant will be huge.
- Help prevent stomach problems
- Blackberries are one of the few fruits that contain heart-protective Vitamin E.
- Help prevent urinary tract infections
- In a USDA lab at Tufts University, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans.
- Helps prevent heart disease
- Canteloupe played a huge part in the mass production of penicillin.
- Help prevent cholesterol
- Traditional folk healers often advocate sour cherries to treat gout. Some alternative practitioners advise that the juice of wild choke cherries can be effective in alleviating an attack on gout.
- Grapefruit help prevent kidney stones
- The grapefruit got its name because of the way it grows, in clusters, just like grapes themselves.
- Help prevent cardiovascular disease
- Around the world there are more than 8,000 varieties of grape. There are 7 different grape colors: red, green, white, black, purple, blue and golden.
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- As sweet and as popular as honey dew melons are, they are rarely, if ever, used in cooking or baking.
- Helps prevent vision loss
- Kiwifruit has not only one of the highest concentrations of lutein in fruits – but the lutein in kiwifruit has recently been shown to be really highly bioaccessible (better than from vegetables) and so it is bio-available – meaning it can actually do good things such as help to prevent age related deterioration of eye-sight.
- Helps prevent diabetes
- Some compounds in mango skin help fight diabetes and some forms of cancer
- Helps prevent rising blood pressure
- Oranges are unknown in the wild. They are a hybrid of tangerines and the pomelo or “Chinese grapefruit” (which is pale green or yellow), and were first cultivated in south-east Asia. They weren’t orange, but green, and Vietnamese oranges and Thai tangerines are still bright green on the outside and orange inside.
- Help prevent osteoporosis
- Shortness of breath: The summer heat may cause children to have shortness of breath with excessive phlegm. Drink pear juice during this period to help clear the phlegm.
- Helps prevent nausea
- Pineapples grow slowly, and can take up to two years to reach full size, so we pick and eat them when they are much smaller, but if they are left to their own devices they can reach up to 9kg (20lbs).
- Help prevent iron deficiency
- Plums are very versatile in cooking. They can be baked, poached, sliced, broiled, stewed, or mashed into a jam.
- Helps prevent blood clots
- Although pomegranates are fruit trees, they are often used for landscaping purposes due to their attractive foliage, flowers, and small size.
- Help prevent premenstrual syndrome symptoms
- Raspberries can be four different colors, although red and black are the most common. They can also be yellow or purple.
- Helps prevent fatigue
- Despite being a very tasty fruit, starfruit is actually very low in sugar!
- Help prevent blood sugar spikes
- Did you know strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.
- Helps prevent arthritis
- Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer.
For those of you who still skimp on your fruits maybe this list of weird facts about fruit and their unconventional preventative traits will get you to change your mind. I can’t think about fruit without thinking about how refreshing and – when these fruits are at their most ripe – how delicious they are. It’s a shame we hide them in our smoothies at all! You may need a good blender for this. If you have the budget, then buy Vitamix 5200 – its the best blender in the market. Read the review here.
Now take a look at those pictures – aren’t you compelled to throw some into a nice smoothie right now? Next time your at the local market try a few of the fruits you don’t normally eat. The benefits of eating fruit for good health seem endless.