The 30 Healthiest Fruits On Earth -- The Ultimate Fruit Health Rankings
For the longest time I’ve pondered a deep, multi-layered question and have gotten approximately zero help from Google — what’s THE single healthiest fruit on earth?
My first instinct points to pomegranate or blueberries, given their uber-high antioxidant content, but that’s just one micro aspect of fruit nutrition. What about oranges for their immune-boosting vitamin C, bananas for their potassium, cantaloupe for its vitamin A, or apples, the one-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away fruit?
Antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A, omega-3’s, and fiber content are all legitimate metrics to gauge a superfruit, but they’re not the ONLY criteria and they don’t function in a vacuum. Overall nutrition is defined by a food’s end-to-end portfolio of macro and micronutrients, vitamins, and compounds. It gets ridiculously complicated really quickly.
That’s where The 30 Healthiest Fruits On Earth — The Ultimate Fruit Health Rankings comes into play, to make sense of complex fruit nutrition in a simple, direct way.
We’ve done extensive research, crunched the numbers, and developed the single most comprehensive fruit ranking system to my knowledge, which scores 30 popular fruits based on 12 dimensions of nutrition and health. It accounts for a variety of major nutrients and health indicators within the dietary spectrum, and provides a holistic look at how the top 30 fruits really stack up against one another. Dimensions taken into account include:1
Antioxidant Content (mmol/100 g) – Antioxidants protect the body against cellular damage from free radicals and help prevent a variety of health complications, including: cancer, diabetes, premature aging, inflammation, heart disease, and others.23
Omega-3’s – Omega-3 Fatty Acids are healthy fats that reduce the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and arthritis, reduce triglyceride levels, and improve circulatory health & cholesterol.4
Glycemic Load – Glycemic Load (GL) is a standardized metric created by NutritionData.Self.com that applies the Glycemic Index (GI) to dieting. The GI and GL measure how quickly a food tends to increase blood sugar levels in the body. Higher GL numbers increase blood sugar rapidly, spike insulin, promote fat storage, and lead to diabetes and inflammation. Consider 1-2 low, 3-4 medium, and >5 as high.5
Vitamin A – Critical for healthy vision, skin and hair, immunity, and reproduction.6
B Vitamins – Includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate, biotin, B12, and pantothenic acid. Help with cellular metabolism, allow the body to derive energy from food, produce red blood cells.7
Vitamin C – Powerful antioxidant, helps with wound healing and immunity and improves iron absorption.8
Vitamin E — Powerful antioxidant, helps with a variety of circulatory functions.9
Potassium – Electrolyte, important for proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs, critical for heart function and muscle contraction.11
*Note: As we countdown the 30 healthiest fruits, all final fruit scores indicate composite rankings of the 12 factors above, with calories, sugar, fiber, omega-3’s, antioxidants, and Glycemic Load weighted more heavily.
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