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Nutrition 101: Facts and Health Benefits

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Health & Wellness

Published on August 14, 2019 with No Comments

BLUEBERRY BENEFITS

Blueberries are low in calories, but high in nutrients.
The blueberry is a flowering shrub that produces berries that are colored blue to purple, also known as blueberries.
It is strongly related to similar shrubs, such as those that produce cranberries and huckleberries.
These are the two most common types:
• Highbush blueberries are the most commonly grown species in the US.
• Lowbush blueberries are often referred to as “wild” blueberries. They are typically smaller and richer in some antioxidants.
Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids appear to be the major antioxidant compounds.
Then it contains small amounts of various other nutrients Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables
They are also about 85% water, and an entire cup contains only 84 calories, with 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Calorie for calorie, this makes them an excellent source of several important nutrients. The blueberry is a very popular berry. It is low in calories, but high in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K

WATERMELON BENEFITS
Watermelon also contains citrulline, an amino acid that may increase nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels expand, which lowers blood pressure. Other vitamins and minerals in watermelon are also good for your heart. These include vitamins A, B6, C, magnesium and potassium.
CARROT BENEFITS
Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

CHERRY BENEFITS
When you eat cherries, you enjoy much more than just their amazing taste. They’re packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat. Cherries could be just what the doctor ordered.
• Helps With Arthritis And Inflammatory Conditions.
• Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels In People With Diabetes….
• Helps Lower The Risk Of Heart Disease….
• Helps Lower The Risk Of Colon Cancer….
• Helps Improve Memory….
• Helps You Get A Good Night’s Sleep….

TOMATO BENEFITS

• Known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum, the tomato is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family, native to South America.
• Despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable.
• Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
• They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
• They are usually red when mature, but can come in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, green and purple.
•Then there are many subspecies of tomatoes, with different shapes and flavor.

Source: Healthlink, www.healthline.com

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