Fruits in a variety of colours for health
Its important to get a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet every day! Colorful fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals your body needs to maintain good health and energy levels and prevent disease. They reduce the effect of aging, making you look younger and also prevent many diseases for example, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. The high potassium content in fruits & vegetables has protective effect on blood pressure, reduces the risk of developing kidney stones and may help to decrease bone loss.
Remember! The unique proportion of anti-oxidants , nutrients, fibre, minerals, vitamins and other innumerable beneficial ingredients in fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be provided by any artificial supplement of tablet.
Fruits are irreplaceable by any other food items. They contain the magic and unique combinations of micro and macronutrients and anti - oxidants and many other ingredients that we are yet to discover!
Other benefits of fruits: Dietary intake of potassium is mainly derived from fruits and vegetables. Potassium has an important role in energy metabolism, deficiency results in muscular weakness and mental confusion and is reflected in heart malfunction.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which occurs in fruits and vegetables. Trace elements and other inorganic constituents have roles in the body in enzyme systems and in maintaining protein and hormone structure.
Amounts of minerals and other micro-nutrients contained in fruits and vegetables depends on variety, climate, cultivation and soil type. The standard health advice is to eat a wide variety of different foods, thus making sure that we get all the components necessary for good health.
Dietary fibre is the complex carbohydrate component of plant food which is not digested by enzymes in the digestive tract and which finds its way to the large bowel. Very young infants should not be given fibre. Fruits, vegetables and cereals must be introduced carefully as part of a proper weaning programme only after 6 months.