Besides being a great source of nutrition, fruits can help you lose weight because they are high in volume and fiber and low in calories. Whole fresh fruit is best for weight loss. Canned fruit often contains heavy syrup, which adds unneeded calories. Dried fruit contains about four times the energy as raw fruit per weight unit because the water content has been removed.
Pumpkins, mangoes, papayas, peaches, cantaloupes and oranges are high in Vitamins C and A and are low in calories, with low sugar and fat content. Orange fruits also contain beta carotene, which helps protect against stomach, esophageal and lung cancer.
Red fruits include strawberries, raspberries, persimmons, watermelon, tomatoes and pink grapefruit. Like orange fruits, red fruits contain beta carotene. They also contain lycopene, which may assist the body in fighting prostate and lung cancer.
The benefits of pink grapefruit are similar to those of white grapefruit. Grapefruit lowers insulin levels, making the body feel less hungry.
Acai berries, blueberries and concord grapes are quickly gaining popularity for their weight-loss benefits. The purple fruits contain anthocyanins, which may help stave off cancer and heart disease. Purple fruits are high in antioxidants, which rid the body of harmful, fat-promoting toxins.
White fruits include apples, bananas and pears. Besides being a natural detoxifier, apples are high in fiber and water, but low in calories. Bananas have a high potassium content and help lower blood pressure, which is often a problem in obese individuals. They help the body absorb nutrients and replace electrolytes. Bananas also contain allicin and anthoxanthins, which may help prevent stomach cancer.
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