We all know that during the winter season plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables enters the market. In this post, we have picked some of the best healthy fruits to eat in this winter season.
These fruits taste delicious and also have many health benefits.
Let’s get started.
During winter cold and flu is very common. To stay healthy in the winter you need to strengthen your immunity system.
Eating oranges in the winter have many health benefits. Oranges contain a good amount of vitamin C. It also prevents skin damage.
Papaya can be consumed as fruit or vegetable. A slice or two of ripe papaya can be eaten in the breakfast or as a snack 1-3 hours before lunch.
Papayas are packed with dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals and healthy antioxidants.
Here are some of the health benefits of eating papaya:
- Eating papaya lowers cholesterol
- Helps in weight loss
- Improves digestion
- Boosts your immunity system
3. Kiwi fruit
One medium-sized kiwifruit or Chinese gooseberry contains 64 milligrams of vitamin C.
Kiwi fruit can be used as a topping, in the salad or as a smoothie.
If you want to dig deeper into kiwi fruit recipes then check out – 50 Best kiwi recipes (source: onelittleproject.com)
Health benefits of kiwi fruit:
- Improves your skin health
- Better sleep quality
- Prevents constipation
- Can help in reducing high blood pressure
In winter you can eat many types of pears. They taste great and also benefits you in terms of health.
Pears has a sweet and citrus-like taste. You taste the sweetness first and then after chewing 2-3 times, a soft tangy taste comes in.
The best thing about pears is its structure. It’s not that soft like apples but also not hard.
Pears are a good source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and copper.
Eating pears can help you with digestion, fight inflammation. It also promotes good skin health.
When it comes to peeling off a pomegranate it requires some effort but its taste and health benefits totally worth it.
Eating pomegranate can help fight bacterial and fungal infection, improves memory and exercise performance.
To get most of the health benefits of pomegranate its best to eat the whole arils or you can drink pomegranate juice.
6. Star fruit (carambola)
Carambola or star fruit is cultivated throughout the tropical areas. And commonly consumed in Southeast Asia, Micronesia, and parts of East Asia. Star fruit remained a local favourite for its juicy sweet and sour taste and unique flavour.
Recently star fruit also gained popularity in – Australia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Queensland and many others.
India, Southeast Asia, Southern China, Southern United States and Taiwan cultivates star fruit commercially.
Resource: Want to taste star fruit for the first time? Here is an article from wikiHow that explains –How to eat a star fruit (step-by-step)
Apart from its amazing taste, there are also many health benefits linked to eating star fruit.
Eating one normal size star fruit can provide you up to 52% of the required daily intake of vitamin C.
Sufficient supply of vitamin C in the body can improve the immunity system, promotes healthy skin, hair and increase iron absorption.
One apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Nutritionally apples are a good source of fibre, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, minerals and polyphenolic compounds.
Apart from its popularity and taste, there are many good health benefits of eating apples.
- Eating apples helps you to lose weight.
- Lowers the risk of having type 2 diabetes.
- Improves brain health.
- Reduce bad cholesterol.
- Boosts your immunity system.
Quince (Cydonia oblonga) looks likes a hybrid version of apple and lemon. But its cultivation and uses can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome.
One medium-size quince (100-gram) contains only 52 calories. It also contains many healthy nutrients like – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, copper, potassium, iron, magnesium etc.
Health benefits of quince:
- Treats ulcers
- Supply antioxidants
- Relieves stress
- Promotes liver and eye health
- Good for weight loss
This list of 9 best winter fruits would remain incomplete without mentioning carrots.
Carrots are one of the healthiest winter fruit/vegetables that you can eat.
Some interesting facts about carrots
Health benefits of eating carrots:
- Eating carrots promote good eye health.
- Good for improving skin health.
- Boosts immunity.
- Promotes liver health and have detoxifying properties.
- Carrots may promote muscle growth as it supplies a good amount of fibre, minerals and vitamins.
Continue reading about fruits: 10 Most popular fruits that help in weight loss
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