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Cool off with Summer Fruit

The rising temperatures that come with summer bring small changes in lifestyle helping us adapt better to the summer heat. This is the case of nutrition, which is based on fresh foods, consisting of light and fluid-rich foods. Without doubts, fruit are one of our best allies.

In the market we can find not only the usual kinds of fruit that are present all year, but already in June delicious summer fruit begin to appear. Peaches, watermelons, melons, apricots, cherries … they all are exquisite and have something in common: they are healthy, nourishing, moisturizing and not fattening.

Easier digestion, better taste

Easier digestion, better taste

Easier digestion, better taste

Fruit is one of the best ways to diet in summer: they are easy to eat, you can enjoy them any time, as a snack or breakfast, and they let you make delicious juices. In the summer we can find a variety of fruit at very low prices, as their production is very high, both traditional and tropical products.

What’s more, they have many nutritional and quality properties: a large amount of vitamins and minerals make fruit our fresh ally against high temperatures. Fruit are moisturizing thanks to their high content of liquid, and they also enhance the intestinal transit by their essential contribution of fiber.

The fruit can also recover energy when we are exhausted due to its moderate doses of carbohydrates and sugars. By the way, if you want to take advantage of all the beneficial properties of fruit, take it between meals and dessert, as its large proportion of water causes rapid fermentation in the stomach.

Apricots

Apricots

Apricots

This delicious fruit is known for its aromatic flavor and high content of vitamins and minerals. 100 grams of apricots provide about 50 calories meanwhile fat accounts for only 8. This very light and fresh fruit can also be enjoyed in its dry version as it is diuretic and beneficial to the intestinal transit.

Fresh apricots are rich in vitamin C, iron and beta carotene, which make them a much needed food in cases of anemia.

Cherries

Cherries

Cherries

This is one of the most consumed fruit in summer, for its intense flavor and small size makes them ideal snack between meals. Cherries are the most energetic of summer fruits, but if you’re concerned about weight, know that 100 grams represent only 75 calories.

Excellent as a diuretic, as well as for their important antioxidant doses of vitamin C, cherries have a high content of pro vitamin A, iron, magnesium and potassium, although black cherries are richer in the latter three elements. They also reduce uric acid levels being a natural remedy for gout.

Peaches

Peaches

Peaches

Peaches are a great ally against the overweight. With only 40 calories per 100 grams, this fruit is very fresh, tasty and rich in fiber, as well as being ideal for making a multitude of desserts and syrups, jams and marmalades.

It is very rich in sodium and provides moderate doses of vitamin C, which guarantees protection of the body against external aggression. As if this were not enough, peach can help purifying your skin.

Melons

Melons

Melons

This is another lighter fruit which is also refreshing and very typical of the summer months. It is certainly better to enjoy it between meals or before eating, as it adds only 50 calories per 100 grams. The orange-fleshed melons are richer in vitamin C than other varieties, however they also provide important dose of this element, as well as pro-vitamin A (beta carotene).

They are pure liquid, which makes them highly diuretic enhancing the intestinal transit through the fiber they contain. Do you know that the infusion of melon seeds is used as a medicine for kidney problems?

Watermelons

Watermelons

Watermelons

Just like melon, watermelon is mostly liquid, which is considered an excellent tonic and diuretic. It is also much lighter than a melon: only 30 calories in 100 grams, which makes this fruit a key in many slimming diets. Not only it has no fat, but it also possesses satiating and calm properties and helps satisfy thirst.

As if this were not enough, watermelon is highly nutritious: it is rich in vitamin C, but also contains moderate amounts of vitamin A, B1, potassium and fiber. Just like melon, being mainly composed of water, it tends to work if taken after lunch, so it’s better to have it for breakfast, lunch or just in between.

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