6 Summer Fruits to Add to Your Diet

14 07 2011

  By Judi Sheppard Missett

Jazzercise

The warm sunny days punctuated by sweet flavors of fresh fruit that ripen during summer months. But did you know that in addition to tasting delicious, summer fruits are remarkably good for you?

Fruit is one of the best sources of antioxidants, which are substances that help keep our bodies healthy and strong. Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables that are also high in antioxidants.

Here are six delicious summer fruits you can enjoy even more this season knowing how healthy they are for your body:

Strawberries

These luscious red symbols of summer help prevent cardiovascular disease, improve blood sugar balance, and with their anti-inflammatory properties, help prevent certain types of cancer and other ailments.

 

Blueberries

A “superfood,” blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capabilities of most fruits and vegetables. Studies have indicated that blueberries might also help minimize age-related ailments including dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Some studies show that blueberries may help increase motor skills and our ability to learn.

Peaches

These sweet golden globes contain 10 different vitamins including vitamin A, important for vision, vitamin C and potassium, which is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system.

Watermelon

The quintessential symbol of a carefree summer, watermelon packs a wallop of lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants. Watermelon contains vitamins A, B and C, potassium and magnesium. Although its sweetness might make you think it’s dangerous for your waistline, a cup of this refreshing fruit only has 46 calories.

Tomatoes

Often thought of as vegetables because they’re not sweet like other fruits, tomatoes are chock full of lycopene, one of the most powerful and natural anti-cancer substances. Enjoy a cool summer salad covered with tomatoes and know you’re helping yourself in more ways than one.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe tastes like a decadent dessert, but one cup of the honey-sweet fruit contains 120 percent of the U.S. recommended daily value of vitamin A, and 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a satisfying snack for dieters: one cup of cantaloupe is only 60 calories.

Remember that, although healthy, fruits also contain large amounts of sugar, so be sure to eat a balanced diet while basking in nature’s summer bounty.

 

Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel good” factor.  For more information go to jazzercise.com or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.

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