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What about apples, plums and grapes?

September 26, 2000

What about apples, plums and grapes?



Papaya? Kiwi? Guava? Whatever happened to apples, plums and grapes?

They are healthy, too, just not as much as some of their more exotic cousins.

For people interested in more traditional fruits, here is where some old favorites place on the road to a healthier diet.

Apples - A good source of vitamin C and fiber, apples also contain 5 to 9 percent of the daily value of potassium needed.

Grapes - 1 1/2 cups of grapes are an excellent source of vitamin C, with 21 to 40 percent of its daily value, they also provide a portion of the fiber and potassium needed.

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Cherries - 1 cup, about 21 cherries, provide healthy portions of vitamin C, potassium and fiber.

Peaches - A large peach, provides Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. It also is a good source of carotenoids.

Blueberries - 1 cup yields high percentages of both Vitamin C and fiber.

Raspberries - Just missing the top 10 list, 1 cup of raspberries contains all the Vitamin C needed in a day, plus good doses of folate, potassium and fiber.

Plums - Plums are loaded with carotenoids and Vitamin C, plus good doses of potassium and fiber.

Raisins - Dried and canned fruit lose some of their health value because of the drying and canning processes. Still, a 1/4 cup of raisins contains between five and nine percent of the necessary daily values of potassium and fiber.

- Sources: Center for Science in the Public Interest; USDA; www.thefruitpages.com

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