Fruits…sweet and delicious…nature’s “candy”

God loves to give good gifts, and fruits are one of the edible kinds I enjoy most! (Photo by Ann Maniscalco)

Ahhh, summertime…don’t you just love the abundance of fresh fruits? There’s something about slicing into a ripe kiwi fruit or a juicy orange that reminds me of God’s creative genius. Fruits, the delectable sweets than could be referred to as “nature’s candy”, are part of the blessings God gives us to keep us healthy and well nourished.

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Yes, our heavenly Father definitely “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17), and when we consider the rich variety of fruits available for our selection, won’t you agree He outdid Himself in that area?

 Most of us don’t need any coaxing to bite into a ripe peach, top our cereal with slices of golden banana, or make a smoothie with our favorite berries. But have we considered why fruit is such a vital part of a healthy diet? Here’s some data gleaned from a site with a wealth of dietary information – www.mypyramid.gov:

 “Health benefits:

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain cancers, such as mouth, stomach, and colon-rectum cancer.
  • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and may help to decrease bone loss.
  • Eating foods such as fruits that are low in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.”

 The site also points out that “people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.”

Thought for the day:

For more fiber, and staying power, “eat” your fruit instead of drinking it.

Question: What are you top three favorite fruits?

 

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