gezondheid: fruit!

It is the start of spring! And with a new season, there is also new seasonal fruit. By using fruits of the season you are doing well for the environment, your health and your wallet. In addition, it also tastes better! Because seasonal fruits have a shorter transport and storage time, it has less time to lose taste and nutrients. It is also better for the environment since less transportation and greenhouses mean less problems with emission gases. And also the costs of seasonal fruits are lower, which makes them more affordable. But what is in season this spring?

Pineapple
This tropical fruit is very tasty in spring! Did you know that the pineapple is actually a compound fruit that consists of a lot of small together-grown berries? Bromelain makes this fruit unique. This enzyme affects inflammation, immune cells, cell signaling and blood clotting. For this reason, pineapple can help against inflammation of the skin (acne) and a cold.

In addition, pineapple also contains a lot of manganese. Manganese contributes to a healthy energy metabolism and the maintenance of healthy bones. Other nutrients in pineapple are vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Grapefruit
Grapefruit, you either hate it or you love it. And you better love it, since it has a very good nutritional value. Grapefruit contains very few calories and sugars (compared to other fruits) and a huge amount of nutrients! On the other hand, it contains a lot of fiber, which ensures satiety and healthy guts.

The two main nutrients in grapefruit are vitamins A and C. Both are antioxidants and good for resistance. Vitamin C also ensures a better absorption of iron and vitamin A is needed for the production of cells (good for the eyes and the skin).

Pomegranate
Did you know that the pomegranate is an aphrodisiac? That means that it increases the testosterone levels in both men and women, and so the need to share the bed with a beautiful man or woman ;-). But besides that, the pomegranate also contains a lot of vitamins and minerals.

The pomegranate is a source of vitamin C, potassium and polyphenols. Potassium lowers the blood pressure and provides a healthy water balance. In addition, it ensures proper functioning of the muscles. Polyphenols also lower the blood pressure. In addition, they are anti-inflammatory and lower cholesterol.

Melon
There are several types of melons on the market, but they all grow from the Cucurbitales plants. Although melons generally contain a lot of sugar, every melon has its own health benefits.

For example, watermelon contains a lot of vitamin C, potassium and iron. We need iron for producing energy and for oxygen transport in the body, a shortage causes fatigue. Also galia melon contains a lot of vitamin C and potassium. In addition, it also contains carotenoids, which your body converts into vitamin A.

Kiwi
Most fruits contain a lot of vitamin C, however kiwi takes the cake. With 1 kiwi you have already met 166% of your daily requirement! Furthermore, the kiwi also contains a lot of potassium and pectin. Pectin is a carbohydrate that lowers the cholesterol.

Did you know that you can eat the skin of a kiwi? It might not look very appealing, however it is very healthy since it contains a lot of fiber. Add a kiwi with its skin to your smoothie, you will not taste it and though it is very healthy!

Do you eat according to the season?

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Sanne Kwakkelstein

Lifestyle Coach. Helps you get the best out of your body. Loves to travel, to cook and husky’s.

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