29 May 2012

Top 10 Most Popular Fruits

I love fruit. They're tasty, refreshing, high in vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and can be eaten on their own or  part of a meal.
Every fruit that appears on this list I enjoy, along with millions of other people who live around the world.

1. Apple
The apple is one of my favourite fruits and is a popular food to include in desserts. Unfortunately, I can't currently eat apples at the moment as I'm half-way through having braces on. So at the moment I'm just bracing myself for when I can take a bite out of a fresh apple again (pun intended). :)

Contains vitamin C which helps boost your immune system (although compared to other fruit and veg, vitamin c levels a relatively low), and ripe apples contain nearly 80% water, with no fat whatsoever.

They contain flavonoids which can prevent coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and colon; prostrate and lung cancer.

Are a source of fibre and aid weight loss and an average apple will contain 70-100 calories.  

2. Orange
The orange is the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world and grows on an evergreen flowering tree, generally growing 9–12 metres in height. Brazil is the largest producer of oranges followed secondly by the United States.

Contains vitamin B and C, also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
Helps to prevent kidney stones, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Oranges are beneficial for sufferers of asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, rheumatism, arthritis, and high blood pressure.

People who are addicted to alcohol, have found that drinking orange juice helps with reducing the desire for liquor. Also, consumption of large amounts of the fruit, decreases the outpouring of mucus secretions from the nose.

3. Banana
The banana is one of the oldest cultivated plants and are native to tropical South and South-east Asia. They are grown worldwide in over 105 countries, primarily for the fruit itself, as opposed to banana products, e.g; wine and fibre.

Contains vitamins A,B and C, as-well as choline, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. 
Helps to keep your heart and nervous system in good shape because of high potassium levels. It can help prevent kidney stones, large calcium loss, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stomach ulcers, colitis, Diarrhoea and constipation. 
Banana skins are said to be helpful against warts. (Doesn't sound that appealing to me though...eating the skin that is.)

4.  Strawberries
Strawberries are consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as, fruit juice, pies, and ice creams. Strawberry aroma is a popular smell and is used in the food industry for various products.
I had some strawberries last night, and though I wasn't particularly fond of them when I was younger, I do find them enjoyable now and have become one of my favourite fruits.

Contains vitamins A, B, C and E, also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and sodium.
The strawberry, when cut in half and rubbed on the teeth and gums, removes tartar from the teeth and strengthens and heals the gums. If possible, allow the juice to remain in the mouth for as long as possible to maximise the breakdown of tarter. 

Strawberries can be of help in cases of syphilis, and can help cleanse the blood of harmful toxins.
They are highly rated as skin cleansing food, even though the skin eruptions may appear at first in some cases.
They can help to prevent inflammatory disorders, cancer, macular degeneration, and cardiovascular diseases.
Strawberries also promote the correct production and maintenance of bone structure, as-well as a healthy immune system.

5. Pineapple
Pineapples is a delicious fruit, and is relatively slow to grow, taking 20-24 months to possibly flower and fruiting in the following six months. Pineapple may be eaten fresh, canned, juiced, desserts, fruit salad, jam, yogurt, ice cream, candy, and as a complement to meat dishes.
Contains vitamins B and C, also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. 

Pineapples help to prevent the risk of dyspepsia, bronchitis, high blood pressure, arthritis, constipation, and sickness (including morning and motion sickness.)

Pineapple juice can rid the body of intestinal worms, diphtheria, infections, and is helpful in cases of goiter.

6. Watermelon
The watermelon is a fruit originally from South Africa and is commonly used to make a variety of salads, most notably fruit salad. It's also nice to eat on its own.
Contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K, also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
Helps to prevent cancer (especially prostrate cancer), high cholesterol, heart diseases, and diabetes.
They are great to include in weight loss diets, with a high water content - you feel fuller afterwards. The high levels of vitamin B means that melons are brilliant sources of energy.

7. Grapefruit
The grapefruit is known for its bitter taste, but despite this, the grapefruit is still an incredibly popular fruit. The grapefruit trees on average, grow to around 16–20 ft tall, although they can reach 43–49 ft.
Contains vitamins B and C, also contains calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese, and 90.48g water (per 100g).

Can help to prevent arthritis, tumours, and certain cancers.
Some more benefits of grapefruit's are: flush out excess water, great for weight loss, increase metabolism, it's a liver tonic, helps with gallstones, helps with colds; pneumonia and fever, it's a powerful drug-poison remover, helps digestion, improves complexion, and is a natural anti-septic for wounds.

8. Lemon
Lemon is a popular fruit that is grown on a small tree that is native to Asia, but like all of the other fruits on this list, is grown around the world. Lemon juice contains about 5-6% citric acid, and it is this that gives lemons their sour taste.

Contains vitamins A, B, C and P, also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.
It can help to prevent malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid, influenza, the common cold, scurvy, internal hemorrhage, constipation, and vomiting.
The lemon promotes good vision, digestion, the strengthening of blood vessels, and heart health.
It also provides relief for fevers, abdominal disorders, and liver and bladder disorders. 
Lemons help strengthen the teeth and bones, although lemon juice should be diluted slightly with water, so as to avoid the injury of tooth enamel because of the lemons acidity. 

It dislodges phlegm and checks the over-excess of the flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. Intestinal worms are also destroyed because of the intake of lemons. 
Lemons are very acidic to taste, but surprisingly leave behind alkaline residues in the body. This is why it is beneficial in all cases of acidosis.

9. Mango
The mango is native to the subcontinent of India, and is now grown worldwide. The taste of a mango can be described as a combination of a nectarine, a pineapple and an orange. I personally prefer mango to all three of those fruits, though they are tasty as well.

Contains vitamins A, B and C, also contains calcium and phosphorus.
Helps to prevent cancer, heart disease and other ailments.
Mangoes are beneficial for people who suffer with anaemia, kidney problems and nephritis, fever, constipation, and respiratory conditions.

They contain powerful anticancer and antioxidant properties.
Mangoes are effective at relieving clogged pores of the skin, and can combat acidity and digestive problems.

10. Cherries
The cherry is a fleshy stone fruit, and the only thing that is bad about this fruit, in my opinion, is the stone. I know that it's necessary for the fruit to have it, but it would be so much more convenient to eat without having to pick or spit them out. :)

The native range of the wild cherry extends through most of Europe, western Asia and parts of northern Africa.
Contains vitamin C as well as iron, potassium and magnesium. 
Tart cherries (dried, frozen or in juice) have one of the highest disease-fighting antioxidants compared with other fruits. Can help ease the pain of arthritis, and can help prevent heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.
Also help in the reduction of body weight.

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