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How to Choose your Fruits and Vegetables-4

Consumption of fruits and vegetables makes your diet healthier. Add one green leafy vegetable and fruit into your day. But how do you pick the best of them? Here are a few tips when you pick your fruits and veggies

Strawberries

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  • It must be firm, plump and fully colored

  • Strawberries should have the stem cap attached

Grapes

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Stem should be beige to brown

How to Choose your Fruits and Vegetables-1

Consumption of fruits and vegetables makes your diet healthier. Add one green leafy vegetable and fruit into your day. But how do you pick the best of them? Here are a few tips when you pick your fruits and veggies

 Fruits- Citrus fruits, melons, apples, grapes, banana

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  • Fruits must be heavy, firm, must smell fresh and without any soft spots, pits and bruises.

  • Watermelon-If there is a hollow sound when you tap a water melon it means it is ripe.

Improve Digestive Health-5

Fibre helps in constipation:

  • Fill up your plate with foods like berries, grapes, whole grams, whole grains, vegetables and nuts.

  • Fibre rich foods like these help digestion and keep your bowel regular.

  • Your body needs a recommended 20-30grams of fibre daily.

Yogurt/Curd:

   • We have trillions of bacteria in our gut that help us digest food, and yogurt contains some types of these healthy bacteria’s such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Lactis etc.,

  • Yogurt has bacteria, which replenishes the normal flora within the gastrointestinal tract and so it’s healthy.

 

 

Winters Foods – Vegetables

Winter is also the time when body temperature drops due to the cold weather and body has to spend more energy to warm it so appetite rises. Also you lose energy rapidly when you do physical activities. Frequent hunger pangs in winter is natural but what is important is to keep a tab on what you eat and how much, else, it can create problems with digestion, as digestion generally, slows down in winters.  

                                                                                                                                                           

                        Go Green

  • Vegetables and fruits are the most essential part of diet.

  • These are low in calories and nutrient dense in nature ideal for winters when the body’s metabolism is low.

  • Vegetables include methi, palak, cabbage, sweet potatoes, beetroot and mustard.

  • Variety of fruit includes grapes, guava, chikoo, apples and oranges.

  • Dates provide immunity, energy booster and aid indigestion.

Cooling Summer Foods – Astringent Foods!!!!

Scorching summer is up and excessive heat can upset the body causing irritability, sleep problems, exhaustion, dehydration and lack of concentration. But food and drink have a major role, by helping your body maintain cool and healthy during summer. The pigments present in vegetables known as “phytochemicals” acts as sun protection for our skin. By eating plenty of cooling foods we can cool our body from the inside out.

Cooling Summer Foods – Astringent Foods!!!!   

 

 

The term astringency describes the drying and sometimes puckering sensation that is experienced after tasting.  Foods like bananas and grapes also contain an astringent molecule called tannin that gives these foods their “dryness.”  When you consume astringent foods, the tissues of your body contract, or shrink, and increase the water absorption by the body.  This absorption increases the water content in your cells which in turn, keeps your body temperature cooler.

Try it:  Toss a handful of grapes and bananas in your fruit salad and enjoy a healthy and fruity desert that will keep you cool in the summer.

Phytonutrients – Flavonoids

Phytonutrients             

                                                                                                    

Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals called phytonutrients or phytochemicals. These are certain organic components of plants thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients.

Flavonoids                                                                                      

The types of flavonoids include:

Catechins: Found in green tea- helps in metabolism processes and control cholesterol and cancer.

Hesperidin:  Found in citrus fruits act as an antioxidant, reduce inflammation and cancer risk.

Flavonols: Quercetin type of flavonol found in Apples, Berries, Grapes and Onions. It reduces risk of asthma, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease.