Everyone knows that fruit is good for you. As they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”! The home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have put together all you need to know about fruit, including recommended daily intake.
What constitutes a fruit?
In Australia, there is a wide variety of fruit grown throughout the year. It is best to eat fruits that are in season, as they often provide better value and quality. Choosing a wide variety of fruits and different coloured fruits will increase your variety of nutrients, which ultimately enhances your health. Different fruit categories include:
- Pome fruits
- Apples, pears
- Citrus fruits
- Oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruits
- Stone fruits
- Apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums
- Tropical fruit
- Bananas, mangoes, pineapple, watermelon, rockmelon
- Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries.
How can you tell if fruit is healthy?
These tips can help you choose a healthy piece of fruit:
- Deeper coloured fruit contains more nutrients
- Organic fruit contains more antioxidants
- Tarty fruit often indicates rich micronutrients as well as powerful antioxidants.
How much should I eat per day?
Everyone should be eating at least 2 serves of fruit per day. You can occasionally eat dried fruit however it is not recommended as it contains a high number of calories and can increase your risk of dental decay.
Does fruit juice count as a serving?
Unfortunately, juice does not count towards your daily fruit intake. Often, fruit juice has as much sugar as soft drinks, is high in energy, low in fibre, and can damage your teeth. If you do opt for fruit juice, choose the healthier brands that have no added sugar or preservatives.