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Super Fruits

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Super Fruits






Fruits like vegetables are important health givers and protective foods for children. To benefit from the fantastic nutrients in fruit, kids need to eat at least 2 or 3 helpings every day. Below I have outlined a number of fruits that kids need to be eating which include apples, melons, oranges, lemons and grapefruit.




An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is because apples contain phenolic acids and flavonoids in the skin of the apple which is rich in antioxidant qualities. Apples also help inhibit the growth of bowel and liver-cancer cells and contain significant anti-viral properties.


If a child can eat 5 or more apples per week they can improve their lung function which will keep them free of coughs, bronchitis and asthma. Apples are also rich in soluble fibre and protein which can help the body eliminate cholesterol and toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury.

















Melons have a great taste and real benefits for a kids health. Melons are a treat that is great to have during hot weather days. A large slice of melon helps with the digestion of rich fatty foods and are good for children who suffer from constipation. Melons contain potassium, iron, vitamin C and folic acid.




Oranges are high in vitamin C which accounts for most of the beneficial influence on a kids health. Vitamin C helps fight infection and plays are major part in helping the body absorb iron from other foods. Oranges also contain beta-carotene which helps strengthen the walls of the tiny blood capillaries. Blood oranges are particularly rich in protective antioxidants. 


The fruits, flowers and peel of both bitter and sweet oranges have long been used in herbal medicine. The peel of oranges contain hesperidine and limonene which are used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis. Tea made from the dried flowers is a mild sedative.















Lemons have many health benefits. Lemon juice with hot water and honey is the first thing you give to a child with a cold, a temperature or the 'flu. Used in food preparation, lemons not only supply vitamin C but also is a wonderful anti-bacterial. Lemons are also friends to the digestive system and a thick slice of lemon in a glass of hot water is an instant remedy for a tummy upset.




Grapefruit is also high in vitamin C - the deeper the color, the more the vitamin C the fruit contains. The pith and skin between the segments contain bioflavonoids, so don't scrape them away. The pink ones are sweeter, too, so are more palatable for children. Grapefruits are rich in vitamin C and folate.



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