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Big Fruit With Big Health Benefits

Part of the beauty of fruit is that most of it comes in the perfect serving size. One apple is equal to one serving of an apple, one banana is equal to one serving of a banana, and so on. These fruits require little preparation, it’s simply a case of peeling and eating. Moving along in the world of produce, however, the category of the “big fruit.” comes into play. This phenomenon is mostly intended for sharing or for being eaten in more than one serving, which means it requires a little more elbow grease, but the nutritional benefits may be worth the extra work. Here are some of the big rewards of the big fruits, which may make them worth the big deal of energy.

Papaya
There is a good reason that the papaya tree is known as “The Tree of Good Health” in Costa Rica and Mexico. The papaya is packed with nutrients that protect against cancer and enzymes that can aid in healthy digestion. The fruit packs more than three times the body’s daily requirements in vitamin C, and vitamins A, E, and K give it a powerful kick of antioxidants. With a resume like that, it’s little wonder that Christopher Columbus dubbed the papaya the ‘fruit of the angels.”

Jack Fruit
Although a number of calories in jackfruit may be high, the source of these calories makes it a better option than other highly caloric foods. Jackfruit contains no cholesterol and no saturated fats which make it a good source of energy, and also 25% of the daily requirement of the powerful B6 vitamin, which we love so much. Its high concentration of vitamin C makes it efficient in fighting free radicals and increasing the function of the immune system, and its fiber content makes it helpful in food digestion.

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Watermelon
The name says a lot. Water melon is over 90 percent water, making this fruit an ideal summer hydration, and like its namesake, it also provides a plethora of health benefits. Watermelon is great for the skin because of its vitamin A content. Researchers believe that the content of the amino acid L-citrulline in water melon can improve muscle soreness, and its water and fiber content help to prevent constipation and promote digestive health.

Cantaloupe
Bursting with flavor, the cantaloupe is very low in calories and rich in health promoting polyphenolic derived compounds and vitamins for optimum health. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, a powerful antioxidant essential for healthy vision and the maintenance of healthy skin and mucosa. The zeaxanthin found in cantaloupe is an antioxidant capable filtering of UV light, protecting against macular degeneration, and the loupe’s high potassium concentration helps control blood pressure and heart rate.

What is your favorite big fruit with big benefits? Let us know!

Connecting Your Skin Inflammation To Your Diet

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Perhaps you have seen “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” The 1997 movie starred Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino as two shallow thirty-somethings who reinvent themselves as brilliant business women in the hope of impressing the attendees of their high school reunion. The movie is chock full of quotable quotes, mostly concerned with the superficiality of the women who put too much emphasis on appearance and not enough emphasis on what counts. Such quotes include, “Did you deduct 16 pounds for your shoes?” and, “When I made my first million, my present to myself was a new face,” and, “I’m sorry I forgot my top.” But one priceless gem that sticks out among others came out of Romy’s mouth when she gives her insights on nutrition: “Actually, I have been trying this new fat-free diet I invented. All I had to eat for the past six days are gummy bears, jelly beans, and candy corns.” Beware, Romy, your fat-free diet is a perfect recipe for skin inflammation.

What Are the Effects Of Sugar?
When you eat sugary foods, a.k.a. high glycerin foods, your insulin levels go up and create a burst of inflammation in your body. This, in turn, breaks down collagen and elastin. This horrifying process is called glycation which can cause skin to sag and wrinkles to appear. Glycation can cause weak cracking, skin that takes a long time to heal, exacerbating conditions like acne, psoriasis , psoriasis and rosacea.

Stay Below the Sugar Limits
According to the World Health Organization, free sugar intake should make up less than 10% of your total calorie intake. Reductions to below 5% per day (six teaspoons) are even more beneficial. Free sugar refers the monsaccharides and disaccharides added to food or sugar naturally occurring in syrups fruit juices, honey and syrup.

Read Ingredient Label
While it is obvious that Romy’s all-candy diet was a recipe for instant glycation, there are some less obvious offenders. Sugar is in everything from dressing to sauces to chips to crackers and beyond. To prevent the unconscious intake of sugar, read the labels on everything your eating to check sugar levels and remember to adjust for serving size.

Stay Away from Liquid Sugar
Beware! Those “healthy” smoothies you’ve been inhaling for breakfast each day may be the source of your complexion woes. An average smoothie, about 32 oz, can contain 30 grams of sugar! Because liquids go down more easily then food, we are less likely to keep track of the quantity we consume. The best solution? Stop drinking soda, lemonade , shakes, sweet teas, juices and, sadly, those beloved smoothies.

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Cut Down On Fruit
Yes, even our trusted fruit can betray us. Just one large naval orange can contain 23 grams of sugar! Dried fruit and processed fruit, such as are found in smoothies and juices, are also high in glucose. If you suffer inflammation, you may want to stick to one low sugar fruit per day. The best choices are berries.

Stay Away from High Glycemic Foods
Simple carbohydrates, while easily absorbed by the body can cause a spike in insulin and lead to inflammation and glycation, The faster your body can absorb a food, the faster it raises your blood sugar. Most processed foods are highly glycemic because they lack fats, fibers and proteins that make foods more difficult to absorb.

So, while Romy’s diet might have sounded perfect at the time, she probably paid for it later. If you have any information to share about the connection between diet and inflammation, or are just a Romy and Michele fan, we would love to hear from you. Please share your wisdom.

What Blueberries Can Do for Your Health

July is national blueberry month and to celebrate Vine Vera is giving you even more reasons to love this super fruit. When it comes to berry popularity in the United States, blueberries rank second in terms of consumption, and there is a good reason for that. These tasty little treats are not just a healthy snack, they also provide your body with multiple health benefits.

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Blueberries and Your Health
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, flavanoids and phenol compounds, all of which are aids in the fight against free radicals. These are also great for anti-inflammatory purposes. One of the phenol compounds in blueberries is resveratrol, which is our favorite antioxidant. Additionally, blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which benefits both your skin and immune system. While blueberries help your body in many ways, we’ve chosen a few of the most awesome health benefits of blueberries to profile below.

Healthy Bones
You need strong, healthy bones to carry out nearly all of your daily tasks and the calcium provided by milk is not the only substance that contributes to bone health. Iron and zinc found in blueberries play a critical role in maintaining the strength and elasticity of both your bones and your joints. Other items found in blueberries that help keep your bones healthy and strong are:

  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin K

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Heart Disease
Blueberries contain several things that help prevent heart disease, and they lack a major contributor to heart disease: cholesterol. Vitamins C and B6, fiber, potassium, folate and phytonutrient content, and the lack of cholesterol, all play a role in keeping heart disease away. The fiber is important because it decreases your blood pressure while vitamin B6 and folate work to prevent homocysteine buildup. When there is an accumulation of homocysteine, you are susceptible to blood vessel damage and heart problems.

Cancer
Because blueberries are packed with antioxidant such as vitamins A and C, resveratrol and other phytonutrients, they are helpful in the fight against free radical damage. Antioxidants also decrease any inflammation in your body and they help inhibit tumor growth. The folate contained in blueberries also contributes to DNA synthesis and repair. When getting a healthy amount of folate in your diet, such as from blueberries, you help prevent cancer cells from forming due to mutations in DNA.

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Weight and Skin
If the above reasons aren’t enough to get you super excited for National Blueberry Month, these two may help. The antioxidants in blueberries, because of their power to fight free radicals, help protect your face from sun damage, environmental damage and signs of premature aging. In addition, the vitamin C in blueberries is essential to the production of collagen in your skin, which helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

While eating a container of blueberries isn’t going to make you skinny, eating blueberries can help control your weight. Foods high in dietary fiber, like blueberries, help you to feel fuller for a longer period of time, which can help decrease your snacking.

Blueberries are delicious on their own, but there are so many ways you can incorporate these into your diet. Add a handful to your morning smoothie, toss some in with your salads or top your Greek yogurt with some blueberries. Celebrate National Blueberry Month with new and exciting ways to increase your intake of blueberries.