Super fruits are known as the essential fruits for their exceptional antioxidant properties and are becoming extremely popular due to their health claims. They are recognised as ‘super’ as they are able to do everything from boosting energy to increasing immunity and even improving mental function.
Here we take a look at six super fruits and why these are fantastic healthy options which are high in fibre, vitamins and mineral, whilst also providing a great natural source of energy.
Cranberries: Cranberries are rich in phytochemicals. These compounds, specifically proanthocyanidins, act as antioxidants and support your immune system by helping prevent disorders such as urinary tract infections.
A cup of cranberries contains 12g of carbohydrates which are predominantly sugars your body can use for energy, 5g of fibre regulating your digestive system and 15% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
Cranberries are also available in dried form and are make an ideal healthy snack or perfect to consume as a juice.
Goji Berries: Goji (pronounced ‘go-gee’) berries are primarily grown in China and have been part of traditional medicine. Recently the goji berry has been heralded by celebrities as an amazing super fruit making this a popular trend, with many people buying goji berries as an extra supplement.
As an antioxidant fruit it is said to have beta-carotene in the fruit and is thought to help fight heart disease, defend against cancer and protect skin from sun damage. Goji berries are red-orange in color and look similar to raisins. They are generally sold as dried berries, and can be found in granola and trailmix, as well as in liquid form as a juice.
Blackcurrants: Blackcurrants are low in calories and are an ideal fruit to aid weight loss as each cup contains only 71 calories and being just 4% of your total recommended calorie intake per day. They are also low in fat containing just 0.5g of fat in one cup.
In particular, blackcurrants are renowned for their high level of vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare omega-6 essential fatty acid) and potassium. They have been shown to have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries.
Blackcurrants also have added health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the effects of arthritis.
Physalis: There are three different varieties of physalis fruits, including Chinese lantern and cape gooseberry, but the type you may be familiar with is the most commonly eaten variety, the tomatillo. A rich source of potassium, an important mineral for your healthy diet.
Dried physalis shares the same nutritional properties as those of the fresh fruit and has the same delicious flavour. Its high natural fructose content makes it an excellent source of energy and ideal for use in energy bars, granolas and mueslis, or can be consumed simply on its own as a healthy snack.
Blueberries: Blueberries have the highest level of antioxidants compared with other fruits and vegetables. They are loaded with antioxidants called flavanoids, the most powerful phytochemicals known.
A cup of blueberries contains just 84 calories and are packed full of vitamins, minerals and soluble fibre and provide many health benefits. Blueberries have been linked to preserve vision, protect from heart disease, improve brain health and digestion.
Strawberries: Strawberries provide a good source of several essential nutrients and include vitamin C, potassium and fibre. They are low in calories with eight strawberries equivalent to 50 calories and with no cholesterol, fat or sodium they are an ideal snack.
Strawberries may also provide anti-cancer benefits due to the antioxidants in them.
Dried strawberries are relatively calorie dense, with 150 calories per 1/3 cup serving. Dieters might want to note that it would take 41 minutes of weightlifting or 15 minutes of jogging to burn off the calories in 1/3 cup of dried strawberries.
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