Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet.
In fact, diets high in fruit are associated with all sorts of health benefits, including a decreased risk of many diseases.
However, some people are concerned with the sugar content of fruit and worry that eating too much of it may be harmful.
So how many servings of fruit should you eat each day to be healthy? And is it possible to eat too much? This article explores the current research on the topic.
Fruit Is Rich in Many Important Nutrients
The nutrient composition of fruit varies greatly among the different types, but all varieties contain important nutrients.
For starters, fruit tends to be high in vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin C, potassium and folate, of which many people don’t get enough (1, 2).
Fruit is also high in fiber, which has many health benefits.
Eating fiber may help lower cholesterol, increase feelings of fullness and contribute to weight loss over time.
What’s more, fruits are loaded with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that can damage cells. Eating a diet high in antioxidants may help slow aging and reduce the risk of disease.
Because different fruits contain different amounts of nutrients, it is important to eat a variety of them to maximize the health benefits.