We love fruits in our home. But here are some cool facts about fruits and veggies that you should know:
a) Some fruits and veggies don’t go well with medication. (for example: Never mix grapefruits with cholesterol medications)
b) In many fruits and veggies, such as carrots, apples, and cucumbers, a high percentage of the nutrition is actually stored in the skin. This means that when you peel it off, you’re actually peeling away nutritious benefits. Make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them and you’ll get used to eating them with the peel in no time.
c) All fruits and all vegetables are low in calories, this is why you hear nutrition professionals and doctors tell you to eat them for snacks. But be careful. Eat fruits with the fiber. Don’t make it into a fuit juice, which just extracts the sugar and eliminates the good fiber from the diet. A single fruit is about 125 grams on average; where ¼ of it is only water.
d) Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than there is in an average steak, and with no saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So if you are trying to grow and strengthen your muscles, broccoli is the food for you.
e) The skin of the fruit can be better than the fruit itself. Orange peels have over four times the amount of fiber then the actual fruit, and contain more antioxidants than the "flesh" inside. Grate up the skin, add cheese and make into an orange zest. You can use is to season all sorts of foods, add to baked goods or mix with your yogurt or cereals. Also, Oranges contain antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that damage and age our skin.
f) Peppers are good. While most people use them as a spice and not as a whole food, peppers (spicy ones in particular) can work wonders to promote the clotting of blood over wounds.
g) There are no negative calorie foods. While there are foods that have very few calories, you still only burn about 10% to 20% of their calorie intake. There is a metric called TEF (Thermal Effect of Food) that measures how many calories are used to digest food. Let’s take, for example, a stalk of celery that’s about 10 calories. While eating and digesting it you will burn about 2 calories, which means you still had an intake of 8 calories.
h) Eating an apple is a more reliable method of staying awake than consuming a cup of coffee. The natural sugar in an apple is more potent than the caffeine in coffee. If you’re finding yourself a little low on energy during the afternoon then consider eating an apple in the morning. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral content, an apple can give you a steady supply of nutrition to help you stay energized all day.
i) Bananas is actually a herb. It has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Because bananas are easy to digest and are very nutritious they are the first fruit offered to babies.
j) Lemons can kill bacteria-as they have high content of acid which makes them suitable for cleaning. Lime oil is useful to cool fevers. It can also stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression
k) An apple is a very refreshing tonic for oily skin. It makes an excellent remedy for fine wrinkles, cracked skin, itching and inflammation
l) Eating fresh figs during pregnancy helps from prolonged labor and weakness after childbirth. A half-cup of figs has as much calcium as a half-cup of milk.
m) They have tons of fiber. It can help keep your bowel movements regular, help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and help you feel fuller for longer.