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Health Benefits of Eating Fruit

We all know that eating more fruit and vegetables is good for us; it can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Fresh fruit from Gorst Hill Farm can help achieve the target of five a day.

Strawberries raspberries and blackcurrants have become known as ‘super fruits’.
‘Berries are as close as you can get to the perfect fruit.’ says Patrick Holford of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. ‘In addition to being an important food for anyone watching their weight or wanting to lose weight, they provide numerous benefits from boosting energy levels to reversing the signs of aging, improving a persons sex life and aiding concentration, and preventing cancer, colds, hay fever and asthma.

 

Low sugar and low glycaemic load.

Strawberries are low in calories and their sugars are released slowly into the blood.

Folate

Folate helps reduce pregnancy problems and miscarriages, relieves depression and improves memory and concentration. There is 100 times more folate in a small punnet of strawberries then in one apple.

Zinc

All berries and particularly raspberries contain high levels of zinc, which is beneficial for a healthy sex life. Zinc is needed for the production of testosterone and sperm. Infertility, loss of sex drive and impotence are attributable to a deficiency in zinc.

Anti-oxidants

Five strawberries contain more anti-oxidants than three apples or four bananas, making them very good for anti-aging.

Cancer

Strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are top anti-cancer foods as they are exceptionally high in anti-cancer nutrients anthocyanins, ellagi acid, isothicyanates and quercitin. These nutrients are not found in any vitamin pills.

Hay Fever, Eczema and Asthma

The high quercitn content of berries inhibits the release of histamine, which helps to mitigate conditions brought on by these types of allergies.

Vitamin C

There is more vitamin C in five strawberries than in an orange. Blackcurrants have the highest vitamin C content of any indigenous fruit. A high intake of vitamin C can halve the risk of cancer, prevents colds and infections and promotes healthy skin.

Alzheimer’s disease

The high levels of anthocyanins in blackcurrants help combat Alzheimer’s disease, cystitis and other urinary tract infections.

 

References:
www.blackcurrantfoundation.co.uk
5aday.nhs.uk
www.dh.gov.uk

Use fruit in yoghurts, desserts, smoothies, ice cream, and sorbets. Use fresh and frozen to get all year round benefits.