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4 Healthy Fruits You Should Be Eating More

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 8 19

Not Just Your Everyday Fruits

But You Can Eat Them Everyday

Apples are fine, and oranges are okay, but there are a lot more choices out there for eating healthy fruits. So what are some alternative healthy fruits? The following list of unusual fruits have a wide range of health benefits, from vitamins and minerals to preventing illness. And all of them can be enjoyed by themselves, mixed into fruit smoothies, ice cream, or a wide variety of other snack options. When all is said and done, these are great fruits with a lot of health benefits, and eating more of these nutritious fruits shouldn't be a problem because of how delicious they are.


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1. Bananas

Nature's Most Perfect Food?

Bananas are definitely a healthy fruit, as they are full of potassium, B-vitamins, and magnesium. They also naturally lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. Some people say an apple a day will keep the doctor away, but honestly, when it comes to a healthy diet full of fruity benefits, maybe we should be saying a banana a day will keep that doctor away. After all, they help improve everything from bones, kidneys, eyesight, and blood pressure. Yes, let's go ahead and say it: bananas are nature's most perfect food.

But for all that, personally, I'm not a huge fun of eating bananas on their own. I'm not the hugest fan of banana texture, but thankfully there is a simple solution for that. All you have to do is blend those bananas up into a banana smoothie! Much better. And with the opportunity to add other fruits and ingredients for richer flavors and new tastes, I think it would be foolish not to eat every banana in smoothie form. But maybe that's just me.


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2. Avocado

Playing the Devil's Avocado

Sorry, it's a terrible pun, but I couldn't resist. Anyway, avocados are also right up there as one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. Their great health fruit benefits would even lead some to refer to avocados as a super food. But there are also people who don't even know that avocados are a fruit. They fall into that same misunderstood category as tomatoes, where a lot of people think these fruits are vegetables.

Whatever you want to call avocados, you certainly can't call them slackers in the healthy fruit benefits department. Avocados can lower cholesterol and allow the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients like beta-carotene. And they are filled with the requisite Vitamins B and E.

What a lot of people don't know about avocados is how well they work as a dessert. Try an avocado smoothie or avocado ice cream at least once in your life. You won't be disappointed.


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3. Grapefruit

They are the Size of a Grapefruit

Too tart or tangy for many people, grapefruit can definitely be described as an acquired taste. But once you do acquire it, you'll love these unique healthy fruits for life, and start to eat more of them regularly. Grapefruits contribute to your well-being with healthy fruit benefits that will give you increased vigor, energy, and a clearer head.

First of all, grapefruits are full of naringin, a neat little flavonoid that helps to identify and reject toxins in the body. Grapefruits also have the widest range of vitamins yet on this list of healthy fruits, with A, B, C, E, and K.

For years, many people have used grapefruits in conjunction with high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets to encourage weight loss. This has often been called the Grapefruit Juice Diet. And while it won't do all of the work of helping you lose weight (for that you also need the right diet and exercise program), studies have shown that there is a positive correlation for eating grapefruit once a day and losing a couple of pounds. So what are you waiting for? Add half a grapefruit to your breakfast and start the day off right with its healthy fruit benefits.


4. Goji Berries

Or Maybe You Prefer Wolfberries

Goji Berries

Last, but definitely not least on this list of beneficial healthy fruits, goji berries are a fruit with a relatively recent increase in popularity in America. Commonly sold in a dried form, goji berries (also called wolfberries) are absolutely packed with Vitamin C.  And since you can eat them without much preparation, goji berries mixed with nuts like almonds make a quick, healthy snack.

Some of the other healthy fruit benefits of goji berries include being a rich source of antioxidants, which helps to improve circulation and keep eyesight sharp. Preliminary studies also suggest that goji berries may help to prevent some forms of cancer, but that's not yet been clinically proven.

Goji berries are a tangy fruit with a bit of sweetness to them, but it's not always easy to find them to buy at the store. You may have to go out of your way to purchase them from a health food store or online, and the price can set you back a pretty penny as well (they cost about a $1 per ounce). But if you want to try an interesting new fruit with a unique flavor, they are worth it.


And Then There Are Other Fruits...

Of course, these aren't all the healthy fruits that are available, just my personal favorites. If you know of any other good fruits with good benefits, let me know in the comments.


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Comments

Mar 24, 2012 6:24pm
Introspective
I'll have to try some goji berries, it sounds like they would go well in a trail mix. I love bananas (in my cereal and smoothies) and avocados (in salads and guacamole), but I'm not too fond of grapefruit. Thanks for the list; you provide great information and nice photos!
Mar 25, 2012 3:06pm
evanpowers
Thanks for the comment! The feedback is a good motivator for me to keep writing.
Apr 20, 2012 6:02pm
tekaha
great article with fab pics! that grapefruit image makes my mouth water. i'm seeing goji berries more and more these days but have never stopped long enough to try them. another one i see quite a bit are acai. you'll have to write about them soon--
Apr 21, 2012 1:22am
Shivon
Nice article, sweet and spicey. I too cannot stand bananas. Although they very nutritious, I try to avoid them, however, I can tolerate them in smoothies that I make. But oh, for the love of avocados, (and that's an image of a good one) I eat them with just about everything. I have to check out those Goji berries
Apr 21, 2012 10:32am
dolilmao
Fruits are my favorite choice after a nice dinner or lunch. Mostly i like bananas, grapefruits are best eaten when you eat the insides, Avacado testes better when you use it as dressing on bread.
Apr 21, 2012 12:28pm
toebunkers
Avocados are great but watch if you are on a diet or trying to lose weight. My mum always avoids them because they contain around 400 calories each.400!
Apr 21, 2012 4:49pm
Lynsuz
I like all fruits, I've never heard of Goji berries, must check them out. Very nice article. ^5
Apr 22, 2012 4:40pm
southerngirl09
I have heard of goji berries, but I have never eaten them. Thanks for sharing information on these healthy fruits. Congratulations on being featured.
Apr 23, 2012 10:02am
WebAddict
Banana should definitely be on the top spot. Great feature!
Apr 23, 2012 1:04pm
adtech
I prefer- Banana and grapefruit..since they are available in our country and tastes good
Apr 23, 2012 4:27pm
Ascentive
I love avocados but I try to stay away from it most of the times because of the high calorie amount. I love all kinds of fruits but I have never heard of Goji Berries. I am going to check it out on my next shopping trip.

~Anja~
Apr 24, 2012 8:04am
llimbus
My fav are Oranges and Mangoes. But Goji Berries looks and sound delicious too. May be i should try them..
Apr 24, 2012 8:52am
DW32
I eat quite a bit of berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries) but haven't heard of Goji berries. I'll definitely have to check them out, thanks!
Apr 24, 2012 7:01pm
alexiafeatherchild
I don't think I've ever seen goji berries sold in any of the stores around me. I might have to check out the health food store. It might be the only place that has them around here. I don't think I've ever tried an avocado either.
Apr 26, 2012 7:57am
PikYoke
I used to eat a lot of Goji Berries when I was in Malaysia. My mom put them in soups and stir fry them with vegetables. I should do that again.
Oct 7, 2012 1:10pm
JoannieHam
Great ideas! All the dark fruits are a good choice. Don't forget cranberries and prunes!
Oct 14, 2012 8:26am
luckydragon7
Great suggestions! I love Goji berries, especially with quinoa with diced red onions, beets and radishes which makes a great cold dish. Also, Granny Smith organic green apples are delicious, especially when juicing them with organic carrots...great for your skin too.
May 15, 2013 8:03pm
agFisher
I have heard that a banana before bed will also help to stop snoring! Awesome ideas, I personally freeze my bananas and blend up quickly with some Fat Free Cool Whip for an instant and delicious treat!
Jun 10, 2013 9:20am
Zachjazz
I eat grapefruit and avocados just about everyday, and I can testify that they are good in a number of ways! Thanks for the information about healthy fruits!
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