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08/11/2016 09:01 am ET | Updated Aug 11, 2016

Top Super Fruits You Need In Your Life

The majority of people in our country are genuinely interested in finding the secrets for optimal health. Such secrets can involve how to achieve overall health and wellness, what foods to choose, and how certain foods benefit our bodies, but the reality is that the majority of people don't know how to go about finding those 'secrets'.

Truth be told, most people find it hard to assess and accept all the information available at their fingertips especially when having to decipher what information can truly influence their health in a more positive way. Currently, there is an overload of health information available that is just downright overwhelming.

That being said, when I think of 'optimal health', both exercising and eating a daily balanced diet consisting also of fruits and vegetables, quickly comes to mind. Additionally, I have found a 'secret' for optimal health that I would like to share with you today; one that is not only rich in nutrients, but also absolutely appetizing!

Eating super fruits
Eating plenty of fruits on a regular basis is a habit that most people should develop early on. Powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C along with potassium, fiber and others, are just a few of the many benefits that can be found in a recommended portion of fruits.

Below are some of the top most powerful super fruits:

Mango
Nutritional facts - 1 cup mango
100 calories
1 gram of protein
25 grams of carbohydrates
A good source of fiber - Each cup has 3 grams of fiber (or 12% of daily recommendations)
Excellent source of vitamin C - A cup of mango has 100% of daily vitamin C needs
35% of vitamin A needs
Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals
Each mango is cholesterol free, sodium free and fat free
Ongoing research surrounding the health benefits of mangos have found mango consumption beneficial for blood glucose control, cancer protection and digestive health

Favorite Quick Serving Tips
Add them to salsas, salads, grilled seafood, kabobs, smoothies, and desserts such as cheesecake or sorbet.

Resources
For more information, recipes and tips visit: Mango

Raspberries
Nutritional facts - 1 cup (140 grams)
80 calories per cup
9 grams fiber per cup providing more fiber than any other berry
One of the lowest in natural sugar content compared to other berries
Excellent source of vitamin C, providing 60% daily value recommendations
Packed with phytochemicals that may help slow the aging process and may reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Favorite Quick Serving Tips
Add them to beverages, salads, as a garnish or to desserts such as fruit tarts.

Resources
For more information, recipes and tips visit: Raspberries

Strawberries
Nutritional facts - 1 cup (8 medium strawberries)
45 calories per cup
Excellent source of vitamin C - 140% Daily value recommendations
3 grams of fiber per cup
Packed with antioxidants and important nutrients such as potassium, folate and fiber.
Clinical research shows a serving per day may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Quick Serving Tips
Add them to salads, sauces, smoothies, and desserts such as strawberry pie.

Resources
For more information, recipes and tips visit: Strawberries

Blueberries
Nutritional facts - 1 cup (148 grams)
84 calories per 1 cup
2 grams of fiber
14 grams of vitamin C or 16% of the daily value recommendations
Rich in antioxidants and important minerals and vitamins
Research indicates that blueberries may improve motors skills and reduce the aging short- term memory loss.

Favorite Quick Serving Tips
Add them to quick breads such as pancakes and hot cereals, smoothies, or deserts such as blueberry pie or bars.

Resources
For more information, recipes and tips visit: Blueberries

Cherries
Nutritional facts - 1 cup without pits
97 calories per cup
3 grams of fiber (12% daily value recommendations)
A good source of Vitamin C - 25% daily value recommendations
Cherries provide vitamin A and potassium as well as other important nutrients such as vitamin K, B vitamins, magnesium and copper.

Favorite Quick Serving tips
Add them to sauces, beverages, quick breads, salads, as a garnish or as a topping for ice cream desserts.

Resources
For more information, recipes and tips visit: Cherries

Nutrition data information obtained from the USDA Data Base

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