Weight Lose And Other Benefits Of Fruits

We all know we’re meant to be snacking on healthy fruit rather than naughty cakes, but some types of fruit are apparently more beneficial than others, according to the experts.

If you’ve ever been told by a fitness trainer not to eat an entire bag of apples, you’ll know what we mean. That’s because fruit contains the natural sugar fructose, so eating it in high quantities isn’t advisable, but two to three portions a day should be fine – and some will actually help you to diet.

So which are the best of the bunch? Here’s our rundown of the healthiest fruits to pick and how to squeeze them into your daily routine…

Apple

A fibre-full apple a day… will keep you fuller for longer. As a wise nutritionist once told me, ‘If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not hungry’.

Avocados

Yes, they’re fruit – it’s all about having a seed after all. These little beauties boost metabolism and testosterone which is the hormone that controls weight loss. Guacamole anyone?

Bananas

It’s almost like these guys were designed to be chopped up on cereal and guess what –  eating one for breakfast will boost your immune system and curb comfort-food cravings.

Blueberries

A super-food, blueberries are high in antioxidants whose job it is to get rid of those nasty toxins that can put the weight on. Perfect on their own as a snack.

Coconut

This little gem boosts the liver’s ability to metabolise by as much as 30% and helps you feel full for longer. Sprinkle some of the desiccated kind of natural yoghurt for a very healthy dessert.

Dry fruit

Add a handful of raisins to that banana in your cereal and they’ll help reduce your cholesterol and burn extra fat.

Grapefruit

Not everyone’s cup of tea (at least without a spoonful of sugar), but half a grapefruit for a starter will fill you up, meaning you’ll eat less – and they’re very low in calories too.

Lemon

Nature’s detox angels, a squeeze of lemon in a glass of water first thing will help you prevent putting on fat.

Weight Lose And Other Benefits Of Fruits

Melon

To be specific, cantaloupe. With only 60 calories per cup, these filling fruits will keep you full for longer, thanks to all that liquid.

Oranges

Yes we know they’re not the only fruit – and they’re pretty tricky to peel sometimes, but persevere, they’ll keep your body hydrated.

Papaya

Pick up a p-papaya for a yummy, healthy afternoon snack and you’ll benefit from the enzyme papain which helps food move more quickly through your intestines, helping weight loss. Squirt some lemon or lime juice on to bring out the flavour.

Peaches

A great source of antioxidants, peaches will make a brilliant low-calorie snack or dessert. Everything’s starting to look peachy now, isn’t it?

Pears

Often denigrated for their inability to ripen for ages before suddenly turning to mush, high-fibre pears – caught at the right moment – will keep you full for longer, like their apple cousins. Great for snacking on, just don’t peel ‘em.

Pomegranate

Bursting with antioxidants (and those fiddly little seeds), these bad boys will minimise your appetite and help you detox. Pome-great!

Tomato

Yes, they’re also a fruit even though they live in the veggie section. They come ready packed with lycopene which helps produce an amino acid involved in the fat-burning process – and they also have plenty of vitamin C.