Summer fruit, such as pineapples, bananas or mangoes, are a tasty and nutritious snack. Summer is a great time for a fresh start if you are planning to lose weight or adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle. Here are the benefits of some of the most delicious summer fruits that you can introduce to your diet this summer.
Pineapple is a summer fruit that's well-known for its delicious combination of sour and sweet tastes. When picking or shopping for a pineapple, make sure that you select one that has a vibrant yellow color. To make sure that the pineapple is already ripe, try knocking against the skin of the fruit. A dry and hollow sound means that the pineapple is still not ripe. If the knock results in a dull sound then the pineapple is ready and juicy. Pineapples contain plenty of bromelain, a chemical known for its anti-inflammatory properties. If you suffer from gout, swelling, sore throat, sinusitis or arthritis then pineapple could be a beneficial fruit for you. However, make sure that you eat pineapples alone with no other food to make sure that you get the most benefits from bromelain.
Pineapple is also known for its high antioxidant content. Vitamin C, in particular, helps your body fight free radicals. Free radicals can cause your healthy cells to deteriorate which in turn can lead to aging and certain types of cancer. As you probably know, vitamin C is also ideal for boosting your immune system and preventing the common cold and other viruses.
The banana is another tropical fruit that you can enjoy this summer. One of the good things about bananas is that you can purchase them before they are ripe. Afterward, you can simply leave them on the kitchen table until they are ready to eat. Bananas contain high amounts of tryptophan, which helps promote relaxation. So if you are feeling depressed lately and you have trouble sleeping then eating a banana close to bedtime might help you rest better. Bananas are also an ideal fruit to eat if you are having some bowel movement problems. Bananas contain high levels of dietary fiber, which adds bulk and weight to your bowels, giving them an ideal consistency so your body can easily pass them.
Bananas can also give you some relief if you are pregnant. Since bananas can help maintain a high level of blood-sugar, it can help you avoid morning sickness. If you have just quit smoking, bananas can also help since they contain vitamins B6 and B12, which help the body deal with the symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine.
Mango is another fruit that combines plenty of health benefits with a delicious taste. Mangoes are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E and K. They are also rich in magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Mango also has cancer-fighting properties thanks to its high content of pectin which lowers blood cholesterol. Mangoes also make ideal snacks if you are trying to lose weight. Even though they contain plenty of fiber to satisfy your hunger, mangoes have low calorie content.