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Which Fruits Are The Best to Eat

Posted by Joan Salge Blake  April 10, 2013 01:27 PM

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 Rating the fruit in the produce aisle is like ranking your children.  They are all deliciously unique so you shouldn’t pit one against the other.   Nevertheless, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently scored popular fruits by their healthy contents of carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber in their new Healthy Foods: Your Guide to the Best Basic Foods.  Can you guess what the top three high scoring fruits were?  (See chart below.)

While it is recommended that you consume about 2 cups of fruit daily, Americans, on average, are chowing down less than a cup every day.  Here is a sampling of some of the CSPI’s top scorers, in ranked order, and tips on how to pick and store your fruit for peak taste.  Keep in mind, all fruits are good for you so don’t fret about any of Mother Nature’s finest.  Just wash them before you enjoy them.



For CSPI's Healthy Foods: Your Guide to the Best Basic Foods and their complete ranking of fruits, click here.

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Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
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Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »

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