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As the summer peaks, the water demand of the body also rises. Instead of reaching for a bottle of cola, opt for fruits especially meant to be consumed in summers. They not only quench your thirst but are also full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

Summer Fruits are rich in nutrients apart from having high water content

As the mercury soars and the days become increasingly hot, you tend to look out for things that could provide some relief to your parched throats. The sales of carbonated drinks reach their peak. People, who are health conscious and know that these soft drinks contain nothing but empty calories, settle for fruit juices. But seek the advice of any nutritionist and he would tell you to opt for fruits.

3. Mango:

Grown mainly in tropical countries, mango is a succulent fruit containing large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and fiber. Just half a mango is believed to take care of 100% of your daily Vitamin A and vitamin C needs, and almost half of the daily requirement of vitamin E. The rich iron content makes it ideal for consumption for patients suffering from anemia. 

Mango also contains adequate amounts of potassium and nicotinic acid. Its high selenium content is believed to be helpful in patients suffering from heart ailments. It is effective against acidity and is also said to promote appetite in its raw form. When so much goodness comes as a package along with a divine taste, what more can one ask for?


Although available throughout the year in some form or another, strawberries are best eaten during summers when they are fresh and pack a punch. They are arich source of vitamin C, B2, B5 and B6. But what really set them apart is their rich content of phenols. Phenols are antioxidants which possess anti-inflammatory properties besides offering protection against various forms of cancers.

Strawberries also help the body to get rid of bad cholesterol and are therefore recommended for patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases. They also help in the excretion of uric acid and are hence useful in patients of arthritis. So, try to include two to three servings of strawberries in your meals this summer.

5. Pineapple:

Apart from loads of vitamin C, pineapples are a rich source of a number of minerals, the most notable of which are manganese, potassium, calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, copper and phosphorus. A cup of pineapple can supply almost 73% of the daily recommended dose of manganese. The latter is useful in the absorption of thiamin, biotin and ascorbic acid by the body. It is also a rich source of an enzyme called bromelain, which helps in the digestion of proteins and fats.

Bromelain is also believed to be useful in conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome because of its anti-inflammatory nature. In countries like Philippines, pineapple is commonly used for its anthelmintic properties. It is useful in a variety of intestinal disorders. It is used to induce childbirth in tribal medicine. Pineapple promotes the health of the thyroid gland and is helpful in protecting against the macular degeneration of the eye.

Considering the amazing properties that these fruits possess, let’s try to include them in our diet this summer. Not only do they add more taste and variety to the food we eat, they also do wonders for our health.

  • “Why you should eat watermelons”, by Ruth Olurounbi, Published on November 11, 2011 in Nigerian Tribune, accessed on July 4, 2012
  • “Strawberry extracts may prevent inflammation: Study”, by Stephen Daniells, published on May 25, 2011 in Nutra ingredients-, accessed on July 4,2012: “Bromelain”, published on June 4, 2011by the American Cancer Society, accessed on July 4, 2012. Photo courtesy of veganjoy on Flickr:
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