The Nutritional Value of an Edible Fruit Basket

Aside from the edible fruit bouquet tasting of a delectable, juicy housewarming gift, birthday gift or get well gift, these fruit arrangements are abounding with vitamins and nutrients.

 

Did you know that eating fresh fruit far surpasses the nutritional value of taking a vitamin? 

If we deconstruct the contents of the typical fresh fruit bouquet, the usual nutritional elements include:

Vitamin A – Its antioxidant properties defend the body against any free radicals, which are associated with tissue and cell damage

Vitamin C – Has been found to bolster the immune system, thwarting colds

Vitamin E – Several clinical studies suggest the inadequate intake of vitamin E may lead to heart disease, or cancer

  • The aforementioned vitamins perform an integral part in our health.

Did you know vitamins, A, C and E are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are good at staving off disease, keeping the immune system operating at peak performance.

Not many fruits contain vitamin E. However, a raw mango is the one fruit with a decent amount of vitamin e. (1000 milligrams is the recommended daily allowance (RDA).

Depending on the manufacturer of the fruit bouquet, some come with cantaloupe, which happens to provide an abundant source of vitamin A. Other edible fruit distributors include apricots in the arrangements. These soft, yellow fruits are equivalent to a 30 milligram vitamin A.

Unlike vitamin A, where excessive amounts can cause toxicity poisoning, 2000 milligrams of vitamin C a day is the target. Strawberries, cantaloupes and oranges provide good sources of vitamin C:

Did you know 1 cup of halved strawberries contains more vitamin C than one medium-sized orange?

As it turns out, an edible fruit basket represents a bouquet of natural vitamins.

For well documented nutritional information, the following sites provide comprehensive information:

  •  http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamina.asp
  •  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
  •  http://nutrition.gov

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