Ingredients Matter: Fruit

March 2, 2016

Related Topics: Tips and Advice, Wellness

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Berries

Found in: FUEL, bite, Meal, and BOLT

As a group, berries are some of the best sources of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. They’re also prized for their anti-inflammatory properties, which is great news for those with arthritis. Their natural sweetness makes them a serious contender for summer desserts and they also have a high water content, which helps you feel more satisfied after eating them. So fresh or frozen (unsweetened), blended, raw, or on top of yogurt, be sure to add these colorful gems to your daily menu.

Blueberry – fiber and vitamin c, manganese

Raspberry – fiber, manganese, vitamin C

Cranberry – Vitamin C

Strawberry – folate, vitamin C,

Goji Berry- Protein, Thiamin, Calcium, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium.

 

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Pineapple

Found in: Meal

Pineapple, or ananas in most every other language, are immediately recognized by their unique spiky appearance. These tart tropical fruits take anywhere from 1-3 years to grow, and that’s for just one pineapple. Bromelein, one of pineapple’s key enzymes, is thought to aid in digestion, and while studies have given conflicting reports on its effectiveness, it has also been traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant. The golden sour-sweet insides are also stacked with Vitamin C and Manganese, both of which are anti-oxidants that fight free radicals within the body. In addition, Manganese is a crucial mineral that helps with energy production.

 

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Papaya

Found in: Meal

While the origins of the papaya plant are under debate, this deliciously vibrant fruit has been cultivated since the 1500s. It’s packed with Vitamin A, fiber, and Vitamin C. It also has one of the highest concentrations of lycopene (behind tomatoes and watermelon), which has been shown to have anti-oxidant effects. Papayas aren’t just for smoothies, either. Add diced papaya to salads or serve it with grilled steak, coconut, cilantro over chopped romaine for a delicious and quick dinner.

 

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Coconut

Found in: Meal and bite

Widely considered a symbol of tropical beaches and exotic getaways, the coconut palm produces a delicious and versatile fruit that we know as the coconut. Once only enjoyed on vacations, coconut has recently become a mainstream favorite.  We’ve seen this one fruit hit the shelves of food stores in multiple forms including coconut water, oil, milk, or shredded, which means you can enjoy unique benefits depending on how you choose to consume it. Like the other fruits on this list, coconut meat contains fiber as well as vitamins and minerals. Unlike other fruits on this list however, coconut also contains fatty acids known as medium chain fatty acids. These fats do not contribute to high cholesterol, in fact, they’re thought to have a positive impact on your heart health. Now that’s some food for thought!

Whether you choose to eat fresh or frozen, added to baked goods or straight from the tree, fruits are a must have for healthy diets. We personally think they’re pretty great, which is why virtually all of our lines contain some or all of these fruits. We’re passionate about our products and wholeheartedly believe that ingredients matter!