Vitamins and Fruit
Most of us know that fruit is an essential part of getting our daily requirements of essential nutrients. But which fruits contain which vitamins and why are they so good for us?
Berries and Citrus FruitsWhen it comes to providing us with a big boost of daily vitamins citrus fruits and berries come top of the nutrition list. That’s because they are full of essential vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for all kinds of metabolic functions in the body, for our immune system, for healing wounds, reducing cholesterol and protecting us from viruses and bacteria. Vitamin C is an antioxidant too. That means it takes on and destroys the free radicals, which whiz around our bodies damaging cells and causing illness and ageing. So vitamin C is a key player when it comes to staying healthy, feeling good and looking young.
Fruits like strawberries, kiwi fruit, oranges and blueberries all pack a big punch of vitamin C. Try to include some in your diet every day. One simple way to get more berries into your diet is to invest in a smoothie maker or blender. Chuck a handful of frozen berries into the blender with some yoghurt, soya yoghurt, milk or silken tofu and maybe a teaspoon of honey, and you have the most delicious, nutritious breakfast around. You might even choose to have one for dessert!
Remember though that vitamin C starts to diminish in fruits from the moment they are picked. So go for fruit that’s as fresh as possible – or choose frozen. Fast-freezing foods locks the vitamin content inside, so vitamin levels are often higher in frozen foods than in their ‘fresh’ counterparts.