Why to Eat More Fruit: The Health Benefits of Common Fruits

Fruit does a lot more than taste delicious! 

Generally speaking, fruits contain important vitamins, minerals, and fibers that help keep illness at bay and promote healthy bodies. Ensuring that a variety of fruits are included in our diets can be a great way to not only feel energized every day, but also support our healthy immune systems and prevent disease over time. 

Keep reading to find out what some of the most common fruits found in North America can do for our bodies — we like to call this the power of fruit! 

The Health Benefits of our Favorite Fruits 

  • Bananas: Bananas are a great way to increase your fiber intake if you’re looking to improve your digestive and heart health! Besides being an on-the-go fruit and suitable for people of all ages to consume, bananas are also a great option for those who are sick and looking to consume easily digestible fruits. 
  • Lemons and Limes: Similar to oranges, both lemons and limes are filled with vitamin C, an essential immune booster that doesn’t get produced in your body on its own. Lemon and lime juice also increase your iron absorption, so try squeezing some before you eat a salad or other fresh plants to absorb all the benefits of a tasty plate!  
  • Melon: Most varieties of melon are rich in antioxidants, which work to protect your cells and reduce risk of diseases over time. Some of our favorite melon varieties include watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe, all which can be found easily in grocery stores in season. Melons are also incredibly hydrating, making them a great fruit to keep on hand during the hottest days of summer! 
  • Grapes: Grapes are a nutritional powerhouse, dense with antioxidants (similar to melon) that combat oxidative stress. Did you know that these antioxidants are found mostly in the skin and seeds of grapes? Grapes also contain the compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, that have been proven to help maintain and improve eye health.    
  • Blueberries: Did you know that blueberries are a great fruit to consume to promote your bone health? The iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and zinc found in these berries make them a good option if you’re looking to support the strength and growth of bones. Blueberries are also high in vitamin K, making them a great fruit to consume to support your heart health too!
  • Pineapple: Pineapples are naturally high in manganese, a chemical element that plays a huge role in how fast your body works to digest food after eating and clot blood if you get hurt. Pineapples are also the only known food source of bromelain, which makes it easier for your body to digest protein! We love to try this out by eating a small amount of pineapple alongside a protein-rich meal, or using pineapple to marinate meat.