I’ve always been a fruit fan (frozen grapes are my favorite cheap dessert), but lately I’ve noticed a cornucopia of stories about fruit in the women’s magazines I’ve been reading. It’s driving me a little bananas, actually, especially when they make statements like, “If you can have only one fruit in your fridge, you need this one….” I never knew fruit had so many benefits and could be used for so many things! From health, hygiene and beauty treatments to fighting stains and odor, here are the most useful slices of info I’ve gleaned from all this fruitiness:
Oranges: The next time you peel an orange, Woman’s World magazine recommends saving the rind. It contains compounds that dramatically cut bad cholesterol, while keeping good cholesterol levels steady. How do you make the rind edible? Grate one tablespoon’s worth over stir-fries and sauces, and stir.
Strawberries: The Hollywood secret to keeping teeth white and shiny? Brush with strawberries. The malic acid lightens teeth and removes discoloration, according to Woman’s World magazine.
Grapefruit: Just a whiff of grapefruit can curb cravings and trigger a mood-lifting jump in brain activity. It also contains an antioxidant that is more effective at preventing skin damage than vitamin E, First for Women magazine claims. A single serving packs enough vitamin C to build the collagen needed to keep skin nice and supple.
Cherries: Ladies’ Home Journal magazine calls these fruits
“superstars” for their fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants and
phytochemicals, which aid in lowering cholesterol. The more tart they taste, the more vitamin C
and beta-carotene you’re getting.
Limes: For fatigue that won’t give it a rest, limes deliver a swift kick to jump-start your energy. Nutrients from the fruit, which is rich in vitamin B6 and potassium, convert stored carbohydrates into energy and help regulate blood sugar levels, according to First for Women magazine.
Lemons: Lemons are quite versatile, according to Woman’s Day magazine. You can squeeze them in your tea to increase your body’s absorption of antioxidants and boost metabolism; cut them up and use them as an all-natural deodorant; squeeze lemon juice on clothes to get rid of ink stains; or mix it with cool water to ease a sunburn.
Acai: These berries, which have been making an appearance in fruit drinks and yogurt lately, top ‘em all in antioxidants, Ladies’ Home Journal magazine says.
Soon, I hope to test these claims, but I’ll save that for another blog. For now, I have to run out and buy some fruit….