Pick the Best Fruit for Your Health

Don’t avoid fruit because of its sugar content. Here are five ways these sweet treats can benefit you.

With everything fruit has going for it—natural sweetness, beautiful colors, tons of nutrients—you’d think people would be eating loads of it. But only 12 percent of Americans get the 1½ to 2 cups of fruit that health experts recommend adults eat every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And all types of fruit are good for you. “Fruits contain important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and plant chemicals such as antioxidants,” says Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D.N., chair of the department of nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida.

These nutritional compounds (and probably others) work together to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and control weight. For example, an analysis of studies published in 2017 in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that every 7 ounces of fruit eaten daily was linked to a 10 percent reduction in heart disease risk and an 18 percent drop in stroke risk.

Read more at: Consumer Reports

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