A raw food diet is increasingly becoming a fad and a healthier option to some who just want to maintain that excellent glow and great bodily functions. Since the 1800s, a raw food diet has already practiced but has become popular in recent years. It is a kind of diet containing not all but mostly raw foods, believing that they are ideal for human health and has many benefits, including weight loss and better overall health.
Besides vegetables, one of the most known group among the raw food groups is the Fruit Group. Fruits come in different sizes, smells, shapes, and colors. They are considered the sweetest among the raw food groups. Not only are they lovable and likable to our taste buds, but they are also nutrient- and vitamin-rich foods that we can always eat as snacks readily available on our fridge.
The raw food diet promotes the idea that “raw,” meaning uncooked and unprocessed food, can help achieve better health and prevent diseases like heart disease and cancer.
Proponents of this diet claim that cooking breaks down the enzymes in uncooked or “live food,” which aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Here are the healthiest raw fruits you can add to your daily diet
There are various fruit types you can choose from and compliment or complete your daily raw diet intake.
Not all fruits are sweet, but most are and have seeds that can be used for propagation. Some varieties can be cooked but mostly are eaten fresh and raw. Common types of fruits that are readily available include:
Apples and pears
Citrus – oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, and limes
Tropical and exotic – bananas and mangoes
Stone fruit – nectarines, apricots, peaches, and plums
Berries – Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, and passion fruit
Melons – watermelons, rockmelons, and honeydew melons
Tomatoes and avocados.
Fruits add colors to meals
Colorful fruits lighten up and give life to your dull meals. You always have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of raw fruits from the market or grocery stores. Among the most sold fruits in the US are bananas, apples, strawberries, grapes, and oranges. If you notice, all these fruits also have different colors.
What does a fruit’s color mean?
Color from fruits or even of vegetables come from phytochemicals, natural bioactive compounds. They are responsible for the cunning and eye-catching hues every time you see them on fruit stands and salads. Besides the physical beauty that they give, they also promote good health.
What do the colors mean?
Should you eat more orange-colored fruits? Or perhaps red ones like apples have. Or what about purple fruits, which others claim to be more nutritious! Find out what are the different health benefits each fruit color can offer:
Red, raw fruit or vegies apples, strawberries, tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants.
Yellow fruits are excellent sources of vitamins and antioxidants that can combat certain kinds of cancer and are good for eye and heart health. Great examples of yellow fruits are bananas, mangoes. They also are beneficial to the skin due to the high levels of vitamin A in them.
Orange-colored fruits such as different oranges and some peaches are vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. They can also boost the immune system and enhance vision too.
Green means the fruit contains lots of heart-protective potassium and vitamin K that aids the blood clotting process. Green fruits like green apples, lime, avocado, and green grapes, can help maintain vision health and strong bones and teeth. When it comes to vegetables, dark green leaves have the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber.
Blue or purple fruits like blueberry, grapes, and plums boost urinary tract health and memory function and promote healthy aging.
Eating and counting colors
Experts recommend that our daily diet, whether it’s a raw food diet or not, should consist of rainbow-colored fruits and vegetables to get all their health benefits. The next time you shop, take a look at your cart and make a colorful fruit-set on your basket. Pair them with green leafy veggies too. There are about 4000 phytochemicals found in nature. To get their incredible health benefits, make a balanced multi-colored raw diet of fruits and vegetables.
Based on the recommendation from the food pyramid, we should be eating up to nine servings of vegetables and fruits each day.
Clinical dietitians, we should fill at least three-quarters of our plates at lunch and dinner with vegetables.
And instead of fatty, sugary treats after meals or for between-meal snacks, get whole fresh fruit to satisfy the sweet tooth’s cravings.