Everyone has heard the old adage, “An apple a day
keeps the doctor away.” We also know that citrus fruits and the Vitamin C they
contain are beneficial to our immune systems and that the potassium in bananas
is good for our muscles. There are many fruits beyond these staples, though,
that can positively affect our bodies while tasting great. Here are 7 fruits to
keep you happy and healthy all year.
1. Aronia berries.
These delicious little berries are
native to North America and were used by some Native Americans to promote good
health. We now know they are full of vitamins A, C and E, folate, and
such minerals as potassium, iron, and manganese, and other important
antioxidants. They can be purchased fresh, in juice concentrate, or in other
products like Superberries Aronia berry Gummy Chews. They can be used in baking
and cooking just like other colorful berries you enjoy.
like Aronia berries, cherries are an antioxidant superfruit. They contain
anthocyanin which researchers say can have a positive effect on inflammation
and cholesterol levels. They taste delicious fresh, baked into pies and
muffins, and frozen blended in smoothies, or for a delicious snack on a hot day.
Their gorgeous colors brighten up any meal.
Many people probably think of
cranberries as a winter holiday fruit, but they can be enjoyed year-round. They
are known to be beneficial for urinary tract health, but interesting studies
have also been done on cranberries helping to prevent other diseases and aid in
recovery. They are a little tart, so they are best enjoyed cooked or in juice
4. Açaí berries.
These little Brazilian berries have
made a big splash on the world stage in recent years. They are considered an
antioxidant heavy hitter for all their benefits. It can be difficult to find
them fresh in the United States because they travel a long way to get here, so
look for them frozen or in powder form that can be added to smoothies and baked
Though an avocado is probably not the the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fruit,” remember that
not all fruits are sweet. Avocados are an important addition to our diets
because they contain healthy fats that regulate cholesterol levels and promote
the absorption of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene. It’s also one of the most
versatile fruits because it can be the star of guacamole, serve as a delicious
toast spread for breakfast, or be substituted for other fats in some baked
Tomatoes are another super star of the
fruit family. They contain lycopene, an important antioxidant that is not found
in most other fruits. Tomatoes also contain Vitamin C and potassium, and they
help the body absorb iron. Just like avocados, they are delightfully versatile
in cooking, their flavors shining in any dish you use them in.
It might be a stretch of the imagination
to believe that pumpkins are fruits, but they really are. Like carrots, their
orange vegetable counterparts, they contain high levels of beta-carotene, which
has long been recognized as an essential antioxidant for the body. In addition
to pumpkin pie, you can bake pumpkin into breads, muffins, and cookies. It is
also delicious as the base for a savory soup served with a crusty loaf of bread
or mixed into hot or cold salads.
Adding these 7 fruits to your diet, along with those
you already enjoy, will help you maintain a healthy balance of vitamins and
minerals. Their varieties of colors and textures can also make cooking and
eating healthy more fun for your whole family. Experiment with your favorites.
Don’t forget that Superberries produces a variety of Aronia Berry products,
prepared for your convenience. Whether you love the Freshly Frozen Aroniaberries, Aronia Berry Concentrate or
the Aroniaberry Gummy Chews, you are doing your body a favor by including some
in your diet.