What are Fruits ?
In a flower, when the seeds develop, the petals fall off and the swollen ovary transforms into a fruit, which in turn is protecting new seeds inside it.
Some fruits are edible and rich in important vitamins. There are soft fruits, such as the peach, the plum and the pear, citrus fruits such as oranges and dry fruits such as nuts.
Tomatoes are also fruits.
Importance of Fruits
Many hundreds of fruits, including fruits like apple, kiwifruit, mango, peach, pear, and watermelonare commercially valuable as human food, eaten both fresh and as jams, etc. Fruits are also used in manufactured foods or beverages, such as fruit juices. Fruits are also used for gift giving, e.g., in the form of Fruit Baskets and Fruit Bouquets.
Eating Fruit Provides Health Benefits
The nutrients in fruit are vital for health and maintenance of your body. The potassium in fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Potassium may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age. Fruit helps maintain optimum health due to the health promoting phytochemicals it contains – many of which are still being identified.
A diet rich in fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check.
Eat a variety of types and colors of produce in order to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Try dark leafy greens; brightly colored red, yellow and orange fruits; and cooked tomatoes.