5 of the Best Winter Fruits
It may seem natural to equate winter with comfort food and not fresh fruits and vegetables, but there are plenty of fruits that come into season in the wintertime – and you need them! Bereft of sunlight, the long, dark, cold winter days can deprive you of nutrients and sap your immunity, leaving you vulnerable to colds and viruses. If you want to decrease your number of sick days this winter, pad your diet with plenty of the following delicious, nutritious fruits from Pittman & Davis:
If you received a grapefruit and orange gift basket over the holidays and are more interested in the oranges, think again: known for its abundance of vitamins C and A, grapefruit’s benefits are many, including improved cardiac and respiratory systems, improved digestion, and even healthy hair and skin. Grapefruit also helps fortify your immune system, fortify your bones, and heal your injuries faster and grapefruit is packed full of Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin A. And if you’ve looked askance at grapefruit due to its reputation for tartness and as a “diet” fruit, you probably haven’t had really good grapefruit like we offer at Pittman & Davis! Ours are juicy, sweet, and delicious. Try our Rio™ Ruby Red and see how fast your opinion of this much-maligned fruit will change!
The health benefits of oranges are almost too many to name, but here are some of the biggest: apart from providing you with a big boost of immunity-enhancing vitamin C, you can also look to the classic navel orange as a great source for your daily doses of thiamine, folate and potassium. Oranges have lots of fiber and are low on the glycemic index, making them a great snack. (So the next time someone tells you oranges are bad if you’re dieting because they’re high in sugar, tell them it’s the type of sugar that makes the difference, and comparing the sugar in an orange to the sugar in a candy bar is like…well, like comparing apples and oranges!)
Speaking of apples, old Ben said it best: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The best winter fruits aren’t just found in your citrus fruit basket: primarily thought of as a fall fruit, there are several winter apple varieties, and you would do well to eat them – apples are super-high in antioxidants and fiber, which help fight cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and obesity (all of which top the list of America’s biggest health concerns). At around just 100 calories per serving, a medium-sized apple will help you feel full without adding many calories to your daily intake, and the sweetness of the fruit helps keep you satisfied.
No gourmet fruit basket would be complete without pears, and you can find the best pears at Pittman & Davis! Pears are not only delicious…they’re also super good for you! Just one medium-sized pear (about 5 oz.) is only 100 calories and completely free of fat, sodium and cholesterol, but full of fiber (which helps aid digestion and promotes weight loss) and a natural source of anthocyanin, vitamin C and other antioxidants (which are necessary for bone and tissue health). In fact, studies show that eating pears can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as help you improve immune system function and lower your risk for infection.
Pineapple is technically a summer fruit, and Pittman & Davis doesn’t start offering fresh pineapples before March. You may be able to find one in your local supermarket, or you can find it in one of our dried fruit collections. Either way, pineapple is very good for you – while it’s higher in sugar and carbs than other fruits, when eaten in moderation it can be a great benefit to most any weight loss plan (the more so because its sweet taste is very satisfying). A one-cup serving of pineapple equals about 82 calories, and also provides you with more than a day’s worth of vitamin C and is a rich source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, potassium, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants. Fresh pineapple is also the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which may help treat chronic inflammation, allergies, osteoarthritis and more health conditions.
To Sum Up…
Winter is traditionally a time to pack on pounds and come down with annoying illnesses. You can help yourself to avoid both these things by making sure you include the above and more winter fruits into your diet regularly. And when spring comes, you’ll be in prime condition!
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