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Apr 13, 2012

Best Fruits For Your Diet

Did you know that including fruits into your diet actually help you loose weight and control your appetite? It is true. Fresh, whole fruits are low in calories yet high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fruit also has a high water content that helps you feel full in between meals. Different fruits have different minerals and vitamins so it is important to have a variety. Here is a list to help get you started on incorporating delicious fruits into your diet.

1. Apples and Pears: Apples and pears are not the lowest-calorie fruits, but they are in rich vitamins and minerals. One medium apples has 80 calories and offers vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and 3 g of fiber, which makes them a health, filling fruit.

2. Apricots and Peaches: Apricots and peaches are healthy and satisfying foods for a diet. They are low in calories and full of vitamins A, C and E; minerals, such as potassium, iron and magnesium; and carotenoids and lycopene, antioxidants that lower your blood pressure and decrease LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol. One apricot has only 19 calories, and a medium-sized peach contains 38 calories.

3. Bananas: provides a high amount of potassium, a mineral that strengthens your heart and other muscles. Bananas are filling and healthy diet food. One large 140-calorie banana contains fiber, protein, vitamin A and range of B vitamins. Bananas can also neutralize stomach acid and provide natural relief from heartburn.

4. Berries: Berries are an excellent fruit for dieters, because they are low in calories and high in fiber and in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium and iron. Berries are antioxidant-rich, with disease-fighting anthocyanins and phytochemicals. One cup of blackberries has about 65 calories, no fat and 10g of fiber in a single cup. A cup of blueberries has 80 calories and very high quantities of anthocyanins. Cranberries contain 44 calories per cup and are rich in fiber and low in sugar.

5. Citrus Fruits: Grapefruits, oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines contain a lot of nutrients, reduce water retention and are all low in calories while being flavorful and rich in vitamin C. Grapefruit is lower in sugar than other citrus fruits, and one whole grapefruit has only 80 calories.