fruit and health
17 Mar 08
I like fruits. My very favorite is Rambutan, it's seasonal so I can't have them from the market whenever I want. I also like oranges, apples, grapes, pears, peach and many more but the listed fruits are my very favorite ones. Love them. Fruits has vitamins so aside from enjoying them, it also helps the body with their vitamins.
22 Mar 08
i like almost all kinds of fruit.now i'm having an apple in front of computer.the vit c contained in fruit is favourable to our blood as well as our skin.it makes us more healthy and beautiful.what's more,i quite enjoy the silvery sound coming along when i bite them.
18 Mar 08
Fruit, vegetables and juices provide vitamin C , folate, potassium and the non-nutrient flavonoids. Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen - the substance that gives structure to muscles, veins, arteries, bones and cartilage. It helps to heal wounds and can aid in iron absorption. It is an antioxidant which can fight-off free radicals. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so the body cannot store it. Once the body has used up what it needs the rest is eliminated. Therefore, we need to consume adequate quantities of vitamin C on a daily basis. Guava, kiwi-fruit, paw-paw and orange are packed with the goodness of vitamin C. Iron is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. Food sources are from animal (heme-iron) or plant (non-heme) origin. Drinking a beverage rich in vitamin C with a meal helps your body absorb more iron. This is especially important for population sub-groups that are iron deficient. Folate is a B-group vitamin, essential for the formation of genetic material, red blood cells, and for protein metabolism. It is imperative that women of childbearing age consume adequate amounts of folate. Folate is the first nutrient that our food regulations have allowed to associate with a health claim (i.e. a message making a direct link between eating certain foods as part of people's diets and reducing the risk of a specific disease). Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Authority (FSANZ), a government regulatory group, currently allows a health claim about the benefits of folate to try to reduce the number of babies born with neural tube defects (NTD), such as spina bifida. Neural tube defects affect about 400-500 pregnancies in Australia each year. In New Zealand about 15 babies are born each year with spina bifida. Neural tube defects are one of the most serious birth defects in the western world. Women who consume adequate amounts of folate prior to conception and during pregnancy have a lower risk of having a baby with NTD. Folate is found in dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, yeast extract, as well as fortified milk, bread and cereals. Potassium is an essential mineral. It is found in significant quantities in fruit, vegetables and juices. Potassium is necessary to maintain fluid balance in the body and is important for cell structure and nerve transmission. A recent scientific study reported that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains lowers the risk of stroke. The study suggests that men who have a diet rich in potassium have a 38% lower chance of having a stroke, compared to men with a low potassium intake. Fruit, vegetables and juices are rich in flavonoids. These compounds are found in great abundance in all plant foods and are partially responsible for the colour, astringency and bitterness of foods and beverages. Berry fruits are rich in anthocyanins, whereas apples and citrus fruits are rich in phenolic acids and flavonoids. Flavonoids have antioxidant properties and function to neutralise free radicals - thought to play a role in the development of heart disease and cancer.