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Small servings of red fruits in the diet can bring several health benefits

Small servings of red fruits in the diet can bring several health benefits

Red fruits have fallen in the taste of Brazilians and are simple to find, with very characteristic peels, in colors ranging from red to purple. The harvest started in November and runs through February and, taking advantage of the fact that we are in the season, I will address the benefits these fruits bring to our health in the short and medium term, even when consumed in small portions. are blackberries, acerolas, watermelons, strawberries, gooseberries, cherries, dark grapes, raspberries, plums and jabuticabas. There are some less known for their characteristics, such as cranberry, pomegranate, blueberry and even açaí.

Red fruits are rich in vitamin B, which helps in the functioning of cells, has potent antioxidant action in the body and contains magnesium, calcium, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds - so they can be considered antiaging aids. There is also the presence of vitamin C, which protects the body against free radicals, helps in the digestion of fats and improves the functioning of the intestine; and vitamin E, which helps prevent the body from cancers and heart disease by being an antioxidant.

Some of these fruits have particularities. Blueberry and raspberry, for example, carry a nutrient called lutein, which helps maintain good vision. Goji berry, native to Eastern countries such as China, has a list of benefits: it helps prevent premature aging, strengthens the immune system, boosts energy, prevents cancer, and cares for the skin. and proved the effectiveness of red fruits. The Journal of the American Heart Association, a world reference in cardiology, has published material that shows blackberries and strawberries can reduce the chance of a heart attack with only three or more servings per week. In another study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the memory of the elderly was monitored and markedly improved when these fruits began to be consumed.

The best part is that it is not complicated to add them to the diet and there are no contraindications - unless, of course, in cases of intolerance or allergy. Red fruits have, for the most part, a slightly sweet taste, which can replace sweets in a diet, making it healthier. In order not to lose any of the nutritional benefits, it is recommended that they be eaten in their natural form, but there are also jams, drinks and derived pies.


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