Fruits and Vegetables

Health benefits and nutritional profiles of different types of fruits and vegetables. Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis to further improve your overall health.

Can You Eat Apple Seeds, or Are They Poisonous?

Can you eat apple seeds or are they poisonous?

More than often when I use an apple in my green smoothies, I actually blend the whole apple, including the core and seeds. I had always assumed that the seeds – also called pips – hold additional nutrients that we shouldn’t let go to waste.

When I shared one of these smoothies with my neighbor and told her about the ingredients I used, she asked me whether it’s okay to eat apple seeds as she thought they were poisonous.

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Discover the Health Benefits of Bitter Melon (aka Karela or Bitter Gourd)

Health benefits of bitter melon (or karela)

Bitter melon, also known as karela and bitter gourd, is a plant with quite a unique fruit. Unique both in taste as well as in appearance. But the health benefits of bitter melon also stand out.

Despite the fact that bitter melon has a strong nutritional profile, it is still a somewhat underappreciated fruit. Maybe that’s because of its strong bitter taste?

This is strange though, because we have learned to appreciate foods that have bitter flavors, such as dark chocolate and coffee. Or is it because we don’t really know what to do with karela?

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20 Exotic Fruits You Must Try at Least Once

Exotic fruits list

When you look at the range of fruits and vegetables available in the supermarket, you may think there is a lot to choose from. And actually there is, but did you know that this range is only the tip of the fruit iceberg?

Supermarkets and grocery stores these days are keen to expand their collection of fruits as consumers become more knowledgeable. But there are still lots of exotic fruits out there that we may never be able to buy in the grocery store around the corner.

Some of these rare, weird looking, exotic fruits can be really difficult to find because they are often only available in tropical areas that we don’t usually go to. The best chance to find some of these unique fruits you have never seen or eaten before, is by visiting a specialty grocery store or an authentic Asian supermarket.

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Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

Health benefits of dragon fruit aka Pitaya

I had the pleasure of eating dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) at a dinner party recently and absolutely loved it. So much so that I decided to go buy a bunch of them and try out some recipes.

I remember eating dragon fruit many years ago whilst on holiday in Thailand but had forgotten all about the taste. I’m glad I tried it again because it was definitely my favorite piece of fruit on the table at that dinner party (trust me, the table was full with lots of different types of fruit!).

Because I liked it so much, I decided to dive deeper in this exotic fruit. What are the health benefits of dragon fruit, where can we find one, and how can we best cut and eat a dragon fruit?

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Fruits and Vegetables High in Vitamin K

Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin K

Vitamin K is essential for the body in different ways. Vitamin K is best known as the vitamin that helps to form blood clots and prevent excessive bleeding. It is also suggested that Vitamin K helps with the formation and repair of our bones.

While deficiency in Vitamin K is very rare, it is important that we maintain a diet that provides us with sufficient Vitamin K. The recommended daily allowance for Vitamin K is 120 micrograms for men over 19 years old and 90 micrograms for women 19 years and older.

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Health benefits of cucumbers

The cucumber is the fourth most cultivated vegetable (or should I say fruit?) in the world and is known to have some surprising health benefits.

Confusion exists around cucumber being a plant or a fruit. Cucumber is essentially a plant – cucumis sativus – that grows green juicy fruits. These fruits are sometimes used as culinary vegetables, even though they are technically fruits.

The cucumber plant originates from South Asia but is now grown all around the world. And for good reason, because the fruit is not only delicious but also quite nutritious.

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