Fruits - Their Nutritional Value

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Fruits: They are the natural and staple food of man. They are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. They are easily digested and exercise a cleansing effect on the blood and the digestive tract.

Apple


Properties: It is a sweet and astringent fruit. Since it is cold in action, it may increase vitamins. Remember An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Usefulness: It tends to relieve diarrhea. Apple skin is a good source of calcium and vitamin A. The vitamin content is 5 times more in the skin than the flesh and gradually decreases towards the center of the fruit.


Food Value
Moisture 84.6%
Protein 0.2%
Fat 0.5%
Minerals 0.3%
Fiber 1.0%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 10 mg
Phosphorus 14 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin A 40 IU**
Vitamin E H and B complex 1.0%
Calorific value 59
** International Unit

Fresh Apricot

Properties: It is a sweet and sour fruit. It is a stone fruit and has a nut within it.

Usefulness: It relieves thirst and decreases the cough. The fresh fruit is rich in calcium, Vitamin A, and sugar. It is a good source of B complex vitamins and Vitamin C.


Food Value
Moisture 85.3%
Protein 1.0%
Fat 0.3%
Minerals 0.7%
Fiber 1.0%
Carbohydrates 11.6%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 20 mg
Phosphorus 25 mg
Iron 2.2 mg
Vitamin C 6 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex  
Calorific value 59

Dried Apricot

Properties: It is a sweet and sour fruit. It is a stone fruit and has a nut within it.

Usefulness: It relieves thirst and decreases the cough. The fresh fruit is rich in calcium, Vitamin A, and sugar. It is a good source of B complex vitamins and Vitamin C.


Food Value
Moisture 19.4%
Protein 1.6%
Fat 0.7%
Minerals 2.8%
Fiber 2.1%
Carbohydrates 73.4%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 110 mg
Phosphorus 70 mg
Iron 4.6 mg
Vitamin C 2 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex  
Calorific value 59

Asparagus

Properties: It is a sweet bitter fruit.

Usefulness: It is a mild laxative and flushes the system.

Banana


Properties: It is a sweet and astringent fruit. The fresh leaves are used as plates for meals and are also used as bedspreads in patients with burns and skin diseases to prevent the raw skin from sticking to the bed and also prevents infection.

Usefulness: The ripe fruit relieves diarrhea whereas the unripe fruit relieves constipation. It is a high caloric content food with less content of

water. The fresh fruit along with milk is almost a completely balanced diet.


Food Value
Moisture 70.1%
Protein 1.2%
Fat 0.3%
Minerals 0.8%
Fiber 0.4%
Carbohydrates 27.2%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 17 mg
Phosphorus 36 mg
Iron 0.9 g
Vitamin C 7 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex 1.0%

Berries

Properties: They are sweet, sour and astringent fruits.

Usefulness: They are good for diarrhea.

Cherries


Properties: They are sweet, sour and astringent fruits.

Usefulness: It cleanses the system and is good for dental problems. It is useful for a lack of sleep.

Cranberries

Properties: It is an astringent and diuretic fruit.

Usefulness: It is a good source of Vitamin C. It is beneficial for kidney and bladder ailments.

Coconut


Properties: It is a sweet, oily, and cool fruit. It is considered as an auspicious fruit and is used in almost every religious ritual.

Usefulness: Tender coconut water tends to flush out the system and cools the body. It is a rich source of potassium. Coconut oil nourishes the hair when used as a hair oil

and also useful as a source of medium-chain fats in malnourished patients.

Date

Properties: It is a sweet, heavy, aphrodisiac and cool fruit.

Usefulness: It helps to build the body and reduces alcohol intoxication. It is usually taken raw or with milk. It is a good source of calcium and iron and sugars.


Food Value
Moisture 15.3%
Protein 2.5%
Fat 0.4%
Minerals 2.1%
Fiber 3.9%
Carbohydrates 75.8%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 120 mg
Phosphorus 50 mg
Iron 7.3 mg
Vitamin C 3 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Fresh Fig

Properties: It is a sweet, cooling, nourishing, heavy fruit.

Usefulness: It is a good laxative. It is a good source of calcium, iron, and potassium. It has anti-bacterial properties.


Food Value
Moisture 88.1%
Protein 1.3%
Fat 0.2%
Minerals 2.2%
Fiber 7.6%
Carbohydrates 7.6%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 35 mg
Phosphorus 22 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Vitamin A 80 IU
Vitamin C 2 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Dried Fig

Properties: It is a sweet, cooling, nourishing, heavy fruit.

Usefulness: It is a good laxative. It is a good source of calcium, iron, and potassium. It has anti-bacterial properties.


Food Value
Moisture 23%
Protein 4.3%
Fat 1.3%
Minerals 2.4%
Fiber 5.6%
Carbohydrates 63.4%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 126 mg
Phosphorus 77 mg
Iron 3 mg
Vitamin A 80 IU
Vitamin C 2 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Grape


Properties: It is sweet, cooling, strengthening and nutritious fruit.

Usefulness: It relieves thirst, burning sensations, fever, shortness of breath, bitter taste in the mouth, and bleeding. It is useful as a laxative.


Food Value
Moisture 92.0%
Protein 0.7%
Fat 0.1%
Minerals 0.2%
Carbohydrates 11.6%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 20 mg
Phosphorus 20 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Vitamin C 31 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Grapefruit

Properties: It is a hot and sour fruit.

Usefulness: It is an excellent appetizer and promotes salivary and gastric; digestion. It is a body strengthening fruit.


Food Value
Moisture 92.0%
Protein 0.7%
Fat 0.1%
Minerals 0.2%
Carbohydrates 7.0%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 20 mg
Phosphorus 20 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Vitamin C 31 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Gooseberry

Properties: It is a sweet, astringent, heavy, cooling fruit and is pungent after digestion. increase vitamins. Remember An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Usefulness: It is useful in diarrhea and bleeding piles and for the treatment of diabetes.


Food Value
Moisture 83.7%
Protein 0.7%
Fat 0.3%
Fibre 0.4%
Minerals 0.9%
Carbohydrates 14.0%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 50 mg
Phosphorus 20 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Vitamin C 600 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Guava

Properties: It is a sweet and cooling fruit. It is heavy and hard to digest. Eaten without the rind, it may lead to constipation.

Usefulness: Unripe fruit may be useful in diarrhea. The decoction of the leaves when gargled relieves swollen gums and mouth ulcers. It is useful in gout.

Jambul

Properties: It is a sweet, astringent, heavy, cooling fruit and is pungent after digestion. increase vitamins. Remember An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Usefulness: It is useful in diarrhea and bleeding piles and for the treatment of diabetes.


Food Value
Moisture 83.7%
Protein 0.7%
Fat 0.3%
Fibre 0.4%
Minerals 0.9%
Carbohydrates 14.0%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 15 mg
Phosphorus 15 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Vitamin C 18 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Lemon


Properties: It is a sour and astringent fruit.

Usefulness: It acts as a laxative and thirst quencher. Juice of lemon with honey is useful for vomiting and indigestion. It is rich in citric acid and

Vitamin C. It improves the flavor and taste of various dishes.


Food Value
Moisture 85.0%
Protein 1.0%
Fat 0.9%
Fibre 1.7%
Minerals 0.3%
Carbohydrates 11.1%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 70 mg
Phosphorus 10 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Vitamin C 39 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Lime

Properties: It is a sour, bitter, astringent and cooling fruit. It should be used in caution in people whose pitta is elevated. increase vitamins. Remember An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Usefulness: It is a digestive stimulant and improves both digestion and appetite. It is an excellent source of citric acid, calcium, and phosphorus.


Food Value
Moisture 84.6%
Protein 1.5%
Fat 1.0%
Fibre 1.3%
Minerals 0.7%
Carbohydrates 10.9%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 90 mg
Phosphorus 20 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Vitamin C 63 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Mango

Properties: It is a cool and sweet fruit. The unripe fruit is sour, astringent, and pungent. It is also known as the king of fruits. It symbolizes fertility and abundance. It is said that the mango flower is shaped like a cupid arrow and the fruit that is shaped like a woman's breast provides a juice nectar-like and aphrodisiac.

Usefulness: The ripe fruit is a good laxative, increases the urine flow, and cools the blood. The unripe fruit can be made into a cooling hot summer drink and also into various mango pickles.


Food Value
Moisture 81%
Protein 0.6%
Fat 0.4%
Fibre 0.7%
Minerals 0.4%
Carbohydrates 16.9%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 14 mg
Phosphorus 16 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Vitamin C 16 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Orange


Properties: It is a sweet, slightly sour, and heavy fruit. increase vitamins. Remember An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Usefulness: It is a good appetizer and relieves thirst. It is a good source of Vitamin A, B, C, and calcium.


Food Value
Moisture 87.6%
Protein 0.7%
Fat 0.2%
Fibre 0.3%
Minerals 0.3%
Carbohydrates 10.9%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 126 mg
Phosphorus 20 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Vitamin C 30 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Papaya

Properties: It is a sweet fruit.

Usefulness: It is a good laxative and stimulates digestion. It is an energy giving food.


Food Value
Moisture 90.8%
Protein 0.6%
Fat 0.1%
Fibre 0.8%
Minerals 0.5%
Carbohydrates 7.2%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 17 mg
Phosphorus 13 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Vitamin C 57 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Peach


Properties: It is a heavy, sweet, astringent, and tasty fruit.

Usefulness: It is useful as a laxative. It is a rich source of vitamin A and potassium. It is strengthening and easily digested.

Pear

Properties: It is a hard, heavy, cooling and astringent fruit.

Usefulness: It is a good laxative and strengthening fruit. It is useful in gout.

Pineapple

Properties: It is a sweet, sour or pungent fruit.

Usefulness: It is a laxative and stimulates digestion

Plums

Properties: It is a sweet, sour, astringent fruit.

Usefulness: It is a laxative and relieves thirst.

Pomegranate

Properties: It is an astringent, sweet-sour, cooling fruit.

Usefulness: It is useful in diarrhea and increases the hemoglobin of the blood.


Food Value
Moisture 78.0%
Protein 1.6%
Fat 0.1%
Fibre 5.1%
Minerals 0.7%
Carbohydrates 14.5%
  100%


Minreals and Vitamins
Calcium 10 mg
Phosphorus 70 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Vitamin C 16 mg
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex -

Strawberry


Properties: It is a sweet, sour, astringent fruit.

Usefulness: It is a good source of Vitamin C and potassium.

Tamarind

Properties: It is also called the "Date of India". It is a sour and hot fruit.

Usefulness: It increases appetite and aids digestion.

Toddy Fruit

Properties: It is related to the coconut palm tree. It is a cooling fruit and useful as a diuretic and laxative.

Usefulness: The fruit is cooling and useful in gastritis. The sap flushes the system. On standing, the sap ferments and results in an alcoholic beverage that is pleasant and relieves constipation.

Water Melon

Properties: It is a sweet and astringent fruit. Since it is cold in action, it may increase vitamins. Remember An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Usefulness: It tends to relieve diarrhea. Apple skin is a good source of calcium and vitamin A. The vitamin content is 5 times more in the skin than the flesh and gradually decreases towards the center of the fruit.


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