Exotic fruits like guava, goji berries, and acai are big lately, partly because they have cool names, but also because they contain massive amounts of vitamins and antioxidants. While there’s nothing wrong with splurging on imported power fruits every now and then, keeping up with trends can put a big dent in your bank account.
The good news: It’s easy to get your nutrients elsewhere. In case you’ve forgotten, throw-back fruits, like bananas and watermelon, can help you trim your waistline, increase your sex drive, and protect against disease. Here are eight fruits you shouldn’t skip.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidative components in red raspberries shouldn’t be overlooked, according to research from Rutgers University, as they can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer's disease. What’s more, the fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, and boasts 9g of fiber per cup. Together, these nutrients and phytochemicals hold the secret to raspberries’ health-promoting properties.
An apple a day may in fact keep the doctor away. The cardiologist, to be specific. One apple contains approximately 4g of fiber, and some of that fiber comes in the form of pectin, a compound that has been linked to lowering levels of “bad” cholesterol. In fact, eating an apple every day for four weeks lowered LDL cholesterol levels among participants in an Ohio State University study.
They’re higher in sugar than other fruits, but the carbs in bananas provide plenty of workout fuel, help reduce dehydration and fatigue, and speed up recovery. Need a mid-day energy boost? Instead of reaching for some candy, peel a banana, as they have been found to provide hours worth of energy.
Blueberries contain compounds that may help with learning and retention. According to research from Reading University, the flavanols in berries activate an enzyme in the body called eNOS, which increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This extra oxygen will help keep your mind fresh and ready to work.