Healthy Eating Tips : Healthy Eating & Fruits

Well, OK. Let’s talk about another food group.
Let’s talk about the fruit food group. Remember I suggested you get two to four servings a
day. And a serving would be one medium fruit, like this pear here or a half a cup chopped
or fruit juice which would be about three quarters cup. That would be a serving. So
fruits make a good choice for a snack or dessert. And you can also use dried fruit too. We have
mango slices here. But you wouldn’t use any more of this than you would of the fresh fruit.
If it’s grapes for example, a bunch of grapes would be the equivalent of a handful of raisins.
That would be a serving size of the dried fruit. We need the fruits of course for vitamin
C and the fiber and all sorts of phyto-nutrients. One fruit that’s been in the news lately is
blueberries. Blueberries are a super fruit. In animal studies it shows that actually reverses
some of the experimentally induced symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in rat studies. So
very good for preserving your mental acuity. Pomegranate has been in the news lately too.
Pomegranate, wonderful super fruit. Some studies show drinking as little as two ounces a day
of pomegranate juice can lower the blood pressure. So use the fruits for desserts or snacks.
One of my favorite things to do is to use the frozen strawberries as a dessert. Just
put them in some room temperature water for about five minutes to thaw them out, and it
makes a very simple very delicious dessert. I mentioned about the blueberries, also strawberries,
berries, cherries, and grapes have anti-inflammatory properties. So if you have any sort of inflammation
in the body whether it’s arthritis, colitis, anything like that, you want to eat more of
an anti-inflammatory diet which would include fresh fruits, particularly berries, cherries,
and grapes. So try to work them in. Get your two to four servings a day.