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NATURE’S DESSERT…

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Summer fruit! Cannot get enough no matter how many Farmer’s Markets I go to….each piece seems like a little treat from Nature…some sugar without the health-destroying aspects of hard core sugar.

Do you know that people who eat at least two servings each week of certain whole fruits — particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples — reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent in comparison to those who ate less than one serving per month. Isn’t that great? Just a little fruit and you can lower your risk level! Easy peasy, right?

Here are some of my favorite fruits and their benefits:

Goji berries – particularly rich in nutrients that contribute to eye health. They also contain important antioxidants.

Strawberries – an excellent source of vitamin C. They are proven to reduce risk factors for heart disease and help control blood sugar.

Blackberries, Blueberries, Blackcurrants – fiber, vitamin C and antioxidant anthocyanins. Eating blueberries may help reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

Raspberries – fiber and antioxidant polyphenols. Black raspberries, in particular, may benefit heart health.

Acai berries – high amounts of antioxidants, which may help reduce blood cholesterol, oxidative stress and even reduce pain.

Cranberries – effective at preventing urinary tract and stomach infections and may benefit heart health. If you suffer from UTIs consider a supplement instead of juices that have lots of added sugar.

Grapes – particularly the seeds and skin, are full of antioxidants. They may help reduce blood cholesterol and type 2 diabetes risk while also benefiting brain health.

Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe is a delicious fruit having a variety of health benefits, including healthy skin and eyes, healthy lungs, anti-cancer potential, and decreased stress levels. It also strengthens the immune system, prevents arthritis, and aids in managing diabetes. These attributes are mainly due to the high levels of vitamins and minerals that are present in this popular melon.

Thank you Mother Nature!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FRUIT?

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