Summer Time Is The Perfect Time To Embrace Fruit

In this day and age where many people are terrified to eat fruit due to its sugar content, folks are also missing out on the powerful antioxidants and other health benefits that fruit provides.  Maybe this irrational fear of fruit is one part of the equation when a high level of health is lacking.  Let’s look at the lovely blueberry.

Blueberries contain a significant amount of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

Blueberries are also packed with antioxidants.  You know, those free radical fighters that help slow down aging and prevent disease processes.  Antioxidants are also important in slowing down and reversing DNA damage from these free radicals.

Some studies suggest blueberries also help lower blood pressure and may help prevent heart disease.

Oxidative stress also impacts memory and cognitive function.  So, blueberries and their antioxidants are beneficial here, as well.

Blueberries have also been shown to improve(!) insulin sensitivity and metabolism of glucose.  People avoid fruits because of the sugar content, but blueberries actually help in glucose metabolism!

For fruit lovers, this is great news.  But if you feel like you are not quite ready for a fruit fest, at least start incorporating fruits with low glycemic-load into your daily diet.  Low-glycemic-load fruits include:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Prunes
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

And remember, humans have been eating fresh fruits and vegetables for thousands of years.  Processed foods didn’t come into the picture until the 1940s!

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