Fruits are some of the most beautiful creations of God and given to us for food. Humans have gathered wild fruits for food since the time of Adam and Eve. Indeed, many people appreciate the beauty and taste of fruits, but without giving much thought about their goodness and nutritional value. Simple sugars like fructose and sucrose as well as some fibres are the main nutritional components of fruits. They are also the best source of natural sweeteners packed with smaller amounts of many other nutrients like Vitamins A and C, and minerals like potassium. Fruits contain a wide variety of nutrients that needed by us to support good health. The succulent and irresistible taste of wholesome fruits has surely earned them a place of honour in the diet of natural food.
purchasing fruits, it is best to select fruits that are local and in
season. Fruits with a cooling nature are more suitable for people with
overheated blood systems. According to traditional Chinese medicine,
cooling fruits can cause wind and should not be taken by persons with a
cool blood system. Wind in the body may cause tremors, convulsion,
spasms and travelling pain. Certain cooling fruits can aggravate
epilepsy, arthritis and rheumatism. Therefore, it is very important to
understand the nature of fruits, that is whether they are cooling,
neutral or warming in nature before consuming them so that fruits are
beneficial to the body and not vice versa. Refer to the few examples
below that I would like to share about the health benefits of each of
The apple is a fruit with a cooling nature, sweet and
slightly sour. Sweet, red apples have a more neutral nature. Apples have
very little vitamin C and this is easily lost when they are stored for
too long. With a low sodium but high potassium content, apples enhance
the muscle functions of the heart, thus strengthening it. Apples quench
thirsts, normalise blood pressure and cholesterol, relieve constipation
when eaten with skin, it also aids digestion and increase appetite in
convalescing persons. For people with cool blood system, steam apples
may help to reduce the cooling effect.
Dates are a neutral to
warming nature and sweet. They are rich in phosphorus, Vitamin B 2 and
C. Red dates nourish the body fluids and blood, tone the spleen and
stomach, stop diarrhoea, detoxify and harmonise the internal body, as
well as calm the mind. Dates lubricate the lungs and stop coughs. Black
dates are made from red dates that are dried in the sun and then steamed
and baked. This is done repeatedly until they turn black. They are
slightly warming in nature. Please be cautious that too many dates may
cause distended stomaches and create mucous.
Kiwi fruits are
cooling in nature, sweet and sour. They contain more than 100% of
Vitamin C of our daily needs, fibre and magnesium. They lower
cholesterol and blood pressure, build stronger arteries and are good for
skeletal repair and growth. When buying kiwi fruits, select fruits that
are firm, but give in slightly when pressed. They are best taken
chilled and plain, scooped directly from the skin with a teaspoon.
Please be cautious that kiwi fruits may trigger coughing spasm or
wheezing in persons who are allergic to it
Pineapples are a
neutral to warming nature, sweet and sour. The most nourishing
pineapples are the sun-ripened ones. The fullness of the eyes and strong
aroma are good indicators of ripeness. Check the fruit stalk for
freshness. Do not pick pineapples with shriveled fruit stalks. Sour or
not ripened pineapples are less warming. Pineapples are good for
quenching thirst. They help keep up a healthy spleen, aid digestion and
urination, reduce swelling, stop diarrhoea and remove heat from body.
fruits are a cooling to warming nature, sweet and slightly astringent.
Green and sour fruits are more cooling in nature while the yellow and
sweet ones are more warming. Star fruits aid in the formation of body
fluids and activate saliva production. They promote urination and reduce
fevers. Star fruits also help digestion and relieve stomach disorders,
lover blood pressure, ease coughing and throat inflammation and help the
detox of body.