There are lots of reasons why different people and organizations rank fruits differently. But based on the research I’ve seen, here are my summer picks.
- Cantaloupe – They provide an excellent source of antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). They also contain important nutrients like potassium, folate, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber. It also provides beta-carotene which your body converts Vitamin A, which prevents cell damage and premature aging. Although most people think it is a melon, it is a fruit that packs a powerful punch.
- Grapefruit – Full of variety vitamins, namely A and C, they are also a good source of dietary fiber, which decreases the transit time in the colon. A wide assortment of other vitamins and minerals also are part of this fruit’s makeup, but principally from potassium, which is important for the make-up of cell and body fluids and in controlling the heart rate and blood pressure. They also contain folate, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium, and Vitamin C, of course. Vitamin C is thought to support the immune system and reduce inflammation. Of all fruit juices, grapefruit juice is ranked among the highest in the antioxidants it provides.
- Blueberries – Blueberries are among the healthiest fruits you can eat, assuming you don’t overdo it. They’re relatively low in sugar while being high in fiber and heart-healthy antioxidants. Anyone with any blood sugar issues has to be aware of the fructose in fruits. But if you are OK with that, blueberries are a powerhouse fruit. It is full of antioxidants which are known to support many healthy body systems.
- Strawberries – Strawberries came in second to blueberries in the USDA’s analysis of antioxidant capacity of 40 fruits and vegetables. They are also rich in dietary fiber and manganese, and contain more vitamin C than any other berry (more than any other berry).
- Coconut – Lauric acid is the major fatty acid from coconut fat, and has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal functions. It is thought to to normalize body lipids, thereby protecting against alcohol damage to the liver and improving the immune system’s anti-inflammatory response. Coconut fats and water are two of the most hopeful substances studied at this time.