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May 2012
Delight In Your Fruit Basket!
Mayura Mohta
 
Summer is that time of the year when nature is at its abundant best and the most conspicuous produce of a summer basket is the ‘fruit’. The season presents us with a smorgasbord of luxuriant fruits such as mangoes and mangosteens, melons and watermelons, cherries and blackberries, apples and apricots, peaches and plums, figs, gooseberries, passion fruit, jackfruit, guavas and more.

Aptly then, it is the season for lighter fare such as invigorating juices, icy sorbets and smoothies full of luscious fruit. Not only do they taste great and rejuvenate you, but nutritionally too they are a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fibre and a lot of other revitalizing phytochemicals.

Count 12 For A Refreshing Summer

  • Watermelon is a natural diuretic. It cleanses the tissues and is a blood purifier. It contains lycopene - an anticancer compound.
  • Melon helps to lower blood pressure and prevent strokes. It is rich in potassium, vitamin C and betacarotene.
  • Mango is good for circulation. It is one of the richest source of betacarotene and a good source of Vitamins.
  • Cherry has ellagic acid that prevents cancer. It aids in detoxification and helps cure gout.
  • Berry is a great source of anti-ageing antioxidant and immunity boosting vitamin C. All berries contain anticancerous phytochemicals.
  • Peach contains salicylate compounds that prevent the formation of unwanted blood clots. It is easily digested and is suitable in the fight against many illnesses.
  • Plum contains benzoic acid, which helps treat liver disease, kidney problems and blood poisoning.
  • Fig is rich in calcium and phosphorous. It helps build strong bones and wards off osteoporosis.
  • Apricot has been used to treat cancer, bowel disorders and constipation. It is rich in betacarotene.
  • Pineapple contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme. It cleanses the body, purifies the blood and aids in digestion.
  • Passion Fruit has a sweet-tart flavour and edible seeds that are high in fibre.
  • Jackfruit a high calorie fruit is a good source of vitamin A and potassium. It contains isoflavones, antioxidants and phytonutrients, which have anticancerous properties.
Fresh fruit salads, seasonal ice creams, sorbets and decadent sundaes are the perfect antidote to flustering heat. Use the array of fresh fruits of summer time, with some dry fruits and natural ingredients like honey, spices, yoghurt, cream, cheese, milk, and cereals, to prepare desserts. They are easily prepared and are packed with nutrients.
Mayura Mohta is Founder Healthfriend Consultancy, Singapore.

    
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