We all know that fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, but because of fruit’s high sugar content it doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. In reality, however, on the whole fruit is very good for you, but some are healthier than others. Here are five of the most nutritious fruits you can eat.
You put the lime in the coconut and drink them both up. But when it comes to this superfruit, you may want to skip out on the coconut and eat the lime by itself. Limes scored a 12.23 on the nutrient density ranking, and are of course packed with vitamin C. A 2013 study published in the ARYA Atherosclerosis journal also found that lime consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Another healthy citrus fruit is the orange. Eating just one orange provides 130 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C and 250 milligrams of potassium, according to the FDA. Oranges are also rich in flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant effects, according to Medical News Today.Another study proved that eating oranges regularly can reduce stroke risk in women.
Strawberries are the healthiest berry of them all, at least according to the CDC. With a nutrient density score of 17.59, strawberries should definitely be high on your summer grocery list. The FDA indicates that strawberries actually contain more vitamin C than any citrus fruit, and also contain 170 milligrams of potassium. They’re high in antioxidants and flavonoids, meaning that they are linked to heart disease and diabetes prevention.
You may be surprised to learn that the most nutrient-dense power fruit of all is the lemon.The lemon ranks above winter squash, lettuce, and sweet potatoes in terms of nutrient density, with a score of 18.72, according to the CDC. Loaded with vitamin C and fiber, the only reason you shouldn’t be sucking on lemons daily is that they can wear down the enamel on your teeth.