Nature provides a number of different foods each season, and summer is no exception. For the hot months you can find many seasonal fruits, which are fresh and usually rich in water. Fernanda Zimmermann, a nutritionist at Kellogg’s Institute of Nutrition and Health (INSK), recommends five basic fruits to eat this summer, which naturally help the body stay hydrated as well as a source of vitamins for disease prevention:
Watermelon, edible water
It is one of the typical fruits of the summer and with a higher water content (93%) – therefore its caloric value is very low: only 30 calories per 100 grams; So it contributes a lot of this liquid, calming the thirst of the people who consume it.
It contains some minerals that are more easily lost by heat, such as potassium, necessary for transmission and generation of the nerve impulse and for normal muscle activity.
Did you know? The pink color of its pulp is due to the presence of lycopene, which is a pigment with antioxidant capacity.
Melon, toxin eliminator
Its low calorie and sugar intake, as well as its high amount of water, makes it a fruit recommended for children, adults and even for people with diabetes. It has antioxidant properties, providing vitamin A that helps prevent dryness in the mucous membranes and skin; In addition it prevents stains in the skin thanks to the elimination of toxins, since many of the stains are due to the manifestation of toxins that are within our organism. In addition, its high content of potassium (and low in sodium) enhances its diuretic action and favors the elimination of liquids, contributing to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, edema, hyperuricemia and gout. Did you know? Its high vitamin E content makes it a fruit with protective factors against lung, breast and prostate cancer.
Mango, the king of fruits
Although you may think that the mango contains many calories, the difference with other fruits is not so high: a handle manilla provides 62 calories and a half mango petacón 72 calories. On the other hand, it offers great health benefits, it is excellent source of vitamin A, good source of fiber, folic acid, vitamins B, C and E. Did you know? Mango, considered the “king of fruits” in India, is an excellent source of beta-carotene (which the body can use to synthesize vitamin A), provide significant amounts of vitamin C, as well as providing potassium, magnesium and fiber.
Apple, bite health
It is a good source of soluble fiber, which can help maintain blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels stable, so it is also useful in preventing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is also a source Of vitamin C, which facilitates the absorption of iron, can help decrease the duration of colds and acts as an antioxidant by helping to eliminate free radicals from the body. Did you know? Thanks to its cysteine content, apple is a liver detoxifier, as well as helping to improve memory and activate brain functions due to its phosphorus content.
Pineapple helps your digestive system
It provides many health benefits, as well as being a source of vitamins and minerals, contributes to the proper functioning of the digestive system and maintain the line for its diuretic properties. It is also rich in carbohydrates of slow absorption and has vegetable proteins, is abundant in potassium, iodine and vitamins A, B and C. Contains 85% water and a low caloric value -52 calories per 100 grams -, which Makes it a very healthy fruit to consume in diets to lose weight. Did you know? It favors in the prevention of chronic-degenerative diseases and contributes to the formation of collagen. It is important to try to include in the eating habits the greatest possible variety of seasonal fruits, their nutritional content is good, they are cheaper and will be consumed what the Nature provides. Go to a nutritionist if you have questions about your diet.