Of course the mango will be on top of any list that has summer fruits – after all, it is only available during this season. But there are several other nutrient-loaded fruits you can add to your bowl that are just as tasty and packed with all the vitamins and minerals you need to survive summer.
Here’s why you should start munching on these delish fruits:
Oranges: This citric fruit has all the essentials you’ll need to survive in the heat – besides Vitamins B and C, it’s also rich in Vitamin K. The thiamin and folate present in the fruit act as natural UV protection agents and help regulate stress levels. Oranges are also potassium-rich, so snack on them to replace the potassium lost through sweat.
Plums: Rich in Vitamin C, K and potassium, it’s also a great source of phytonutrients, which helps protect the body from contagious diseases by neutralising those disease-causing free radicals. Plums are also rich in fibre, and keep the digestion system functioning smoothly.
Melons: Watermelon and muskmelon are both great fruits to have in the summer. While the former has a high water content (all the better to keep you hydrated) and packed with Lycopene (all the better to prevent sun damage to the skin), muskmelon is rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and zinc.
Lychees: This flavourful fruit is loaded with all those essential vitamins and proteins that are good for you. Lychees are also packed with good fats, citric acid, pectin, iron and phosphorous that help fight bone degeneration, cancer and cardio-vascular diseases. It’s also good for your skin.
Guava: An all-around promoter of good health, guavas are rich in Vitamin C, lycopene and copper; they help fight against everything from constipation, a cold and cough or diarrhoea (common summer problems) to ensuring the smooth functioning of hormones, especially of the endocrine system and boosts metabolism. Also, the Lycopene present in guavas helps limit sun damage to the skin. Guava is also low in fats and calories and is sodium-free, making it a perfectly diet-friendly snack.
Papaya: Besides vitamins A, B and C, this fruit is packed with Lycopene and several phytochemicals that help fight bacteria, stress and cancer. Eat a medium size papaya and it will cure you of your cold; it will also help fight indigestion (thanks to the papain present in the fruit) inflammations and asthma, and it’s good for your skin too.
Grapes: This sweet fruit is perfect for a hot day. With a high water content, it can help quench your thirst and is rich in folic acid, which keeps the immune system healthy. Serial dieters will like the fact that grapes reduce the fat storage capacity of cells, thereby helping in the weight loss process.
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