Energizing Summer Fruits
Why is having fruits essential in your diet?
Undoubtedly, fruit is known to be an excellent source of essential minerals, vitamins, and fibers. Eating fruits in a healthy diet also provides a broader range of antioxidants, which shields us from premature aging and is linked to having health benefits of improved both physical and mental health. Moreover, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease, cancer, inflammation, and diabetes. Now let’s take a closer look at the specific fruits used by Fitbar in your daily meal plan subscriptions.
Fruits that are used in your meal plan subscriptions!
Avocados are a great source of potassium which effectively helps to combat high blood pressure. According to American Heart Association, having high levels of sodium can raise the blood pressure in your body, and having the right amount of potassium in your diet allows the sodium to leave the body through urine, which reduces the high level of blood pressure. A 100 gram of avocados contains 485 milligrams of potassium. This mineral helps regulate nerve function and move nutrients into cells while removing waste from your body.
Furthermore, avocados are known to be high in fibers and monounsaturated fats that work to lower LDL cholesterol levels without affecting the good HDL cholesterol. Lowering LDL cholesterol levels is significant because high levels of LDL are linked to reducing blood flow through the arteries, which can result in blood clots and serious medical complications.
During summer, staying hydrated is essential for your body to function efficiently in terms of body temperature regulation, normal organ function, and nutrient delivery to cells. Having fruits like watermelon with a high level of water content can aid your body gets the water it needs to function correctly. Watermelon contains 92% water and has a very low-calorie density, making it a great source of daily water intake in your diet. Due to its characteristics of having low-calorie density, watermelon helps in managing weight by keeping you feel full for more extended periods. Moreover, watermelon is known to be packed with nutrients and is an excellent source of vitamins A & C, potassium, and Magnesium. Watermelon is also linked to reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, which are linked to being a key driver of many chronic diseases.
Strawberries are in peak season, April – June, making them an early summer fruit, but that doesn’t stop them from being delicious and refreshing into the later summer months! Strawberries, like their counterparts, blueberries, and blackberries, are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, making them beneficial for heart health and blood sugar control.
Stress isn’t good for your body, especially oxidative stress. This kind of stress occurs due to the presence of molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants in blueberries can lower the negative effects of oxidative stress and protects your body cells from being damaged. Similar to strawberries, blueberries are rich in Vitamin C and dietary fibers, and in addition, they contain vitamin K and manganese which effectively can boost your immune system and fortify other body functions, while vitamin K helps your blood clot properly. Manganese, meanwhile, can also help with blood clotting, while promoting bone and muscle strength. Blueberries can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, but they are also anti-inflammatory, which means they can be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of any number of chronic illnesses.
Your Meal Plan Subscription At Fitbar
At Fitbar, we ensure a variety of fruits are integrated within your diet in meals like breakfast and snacks provided in your meal plan subscription to ensure that your body receives the right level of needed nutrients, minerals, and fibers throughout your day and summertime.