The only good thing about summers is watermelon. A lot of people think that watermelon is just water and sugar. But contrary to popular belief watermelon is a nutrient dense fruit. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins and low on calories. It is rich in Vitamin C needed for maintenance of collagen, and Vitamin A needed for growth of body tissues, including skin and hair.
Because of its high water and fiber content, watermelon promotes a healthy digestive tract and prevents constipation. Made of 92% water and electrolytes, it is greatly hydrating.
If you make a list of favorite fruits of summer season, there are high chances that watermelon will top the list. The refreshing taste and the sweetness make watermelons an ideal summer dessert. Chilled watermelon slices sprinkled with some rock salt or chat masala – your guilt free evening snack is ready!
Muskmelon is a popular summer season fruit loved by many people. Its high water content keeps you hydrated, making it perfect for those blazing summers. It is also low on calories. Apart from these, there are various other health benefits of muskmelons.
It is rich in potassium, thus helps regulate blood pressure. The high fiber content and negligible fat in muskmelon helps in controlling blood sugar. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, which strengthens eye muscles and protects them from future damage. Munching on muskmelon in summers will keep you cool and you can enjoy guilt-free snacking, they are completely cholesterol free.
Suffering from constipation? Muskmelons can help. They are basically a concoction of water and fiber, making it a natural remedy for relieving constipation. Now that you know so many health benefits, make sure to enjoy this delicious summer fruit.
We are all aware of the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
The proverb hints at the amazing health benefits of apple. Although apples are available all round the year, and they can be a part of summer season fruits. Apples are extremely rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and flavonoids. It is an ideal source of B-complex vitamins. They also have small quantities of potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.
Apples are low on calories, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. For those who are on a diet, apples can become your healthy best friends. Bite it when you have sweet cravings, add it to make a healthy salad with some nuts and lettuce, or once in a while indulge in a sinful apple pie.
Falsa is a small berry of Grewia asiatica tree. It is a popular summer fruit in India. Falsa is highly perishable. It is loved by people in summers because of its cooling effect. The ripe fruit is cooling and will relieve heat conditions and stomach aches. It will protect against heat strokes, relieves thirst, nausea, and uneasy feeling due to heat.
These tiny purple berries will not only keep you cool this season, but they are also rich in nutrients. The fruit has various health benefits. It is full of antioxidants and is believed to reduce the risk of cancer. Falsa juice is digestive in nature and helps ease off stomach aches.
For some, the taste can be a little sour. An easy way to consume the goodness of the fruit and avoid the sour taste is by drinking phalsa sherbet. It’s all natural, will keep you cool in summers, and energize you.
How To make Falsa Sherbet –
Wash the berries and grind them in a blender. Strain the pulp. Add water and sugar and mix well. Add a little black salt or lemon juice Put lots of crushed ice and relish a chilled glass of goodness
Next on the list is papaya. It is considered to be an all round summer fruit. You can eat it, apply it on your skin, make a hair pack, and it’ll benefit in all ways. Papaya is known to soothe sunburn and ban the tan.
There are numerous health benefits of papaya. It reduces the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, aids in digestion, lowers blood pressure, and improves wound healing. Papaya contains an enzyme called papain which aids in digestion. It is rich in potassium, Vitamin C (for building collagen to provide texture to skin and hair), Vitamin K (for bone health)), and Vitamin A (for healthy hair and glowing skin).
If you are on a weight loss diet or are in the process of losing weight, then including papaya in your daily diet would be beneficial. Studies show that papayas decrease the risk of obesity and lower weight.
Bael is also known as ‘Wood Apple’. It is native to India and is one of the most popular summer fruits in India. The fruit is available for a limited period in summers and we suggest you relish it while it is available. This summer eat the bael fruit or enjoy bael sherbet.
There are various health benefits in bael. The presence of tannin in the fruit helps it in curing diseases like cholera and diarrhea. It is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, and C. It is also a good source of potassium, calcium, and has a negligible amount of fat.
Bael fruit is said to be the best natural remedy for constipation. You can either eat the fruit or consume it in sherbet form to cure constipation. Add a pinch of black salt and some black pepper to the fruit and consume it regularly to flush out toxins from your body.
Okay, we know that cucumber is not a fruit. But could not resist including it in the post. Cucumber is one of the best things that you can munch in summers. Since cucumbers are 95% water, they are extremely hydrating, which makes them an ideal for summers. They also provide fiber and are helpful in relieving constipation.
The low-calorie cucumber is loaded with nutrients. So for all those who want to eat healthy, cucumber is a perfect choice. Cucumbers are also low in sodium, carbohydrates, fat, and cholesterol. The anti-inflammatory compounds present in cucumber help flush out the toxins from out body.
Sprinkle some black salt and have it as a delicious salad, have it with a hung curd dip, or just add it to water to make detox water, the idea is to have a good amount of cucumber in summers.
Talk about pineapples and you associate it with beaches, sun kissed vacations, and pina colada. There are many benefits of pineapple for the skin and health, that this summer you cannot miss eating it.
Pineapples are a rich in vitamin C and bromelain, which help fight microbial infections and boosts immunity. If you are someone who suffers from cold even in peak summers, then eating pineapples will help. The antioxidant rich fruit helps lower cholesterol, thus preventing heart diseases. Studies also show that pineapple lowers the risk of cancer. It also prevents sinusitis. The rich amount of manganese present in this delicious summer fruit helps in strengthening bones and connective tissues.
Pineapples can be added to pizza toppings, salads, or you can make a healthy smoothie with it. Having chilled pineapple in summers will refresh you and give you your daily dose of vitamins and antioxidants in a tasty manner. It is one of the most loved fruits of the summer season.
A lot of times we tend to forget the humble banana, but it is a great fruit. Full of nutrients, bananas can be great to eat especially during summers. Eating bananas will not only keep you cool, but they’ll also help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of asthma and cancer. Bananas are a rich source of carbohydrates and fiber.
The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health. In summers bouts of diarrhea are quite common. Electrolytes like potassium are lost in large quantities in diarrhea and can make the person feel weak. Bananas can replace the lost nutrients.
Add a few pieces of banana in the cereal bowl, whip up a healthy smoothie, or just munch it when you have hunger pangs!
10. Sweet Lime(Mosambi )
Last on the list of summer fruits in India are Mosambi, which is also known as Sweet Lime. It is a rich source of Vitamin C, thus, preventing from Scurvy (caused due to deficiency of Vitamin C). Vitamin C also boosts the immune system.
The acids in mosambi help flush out toxins from the bowel tract. It also contains a high amount of dietary fiber, which is known to relieve constipation. The fruit is rich in antioxidants and the flavonoids present in mosambi have detoxifying and antibiotic properties, effective in healing peptic ulcers.
This summer consume mosambi or mosambi juice to keep yourself cool. Mosambi juice is a healthy alternative to carbonated drinks. It will keep you hydrated and provide essential minerals and vitamins at the same time. Limeade made from mosambi juice is helpful in treating a person suffering from sunstroke.
Including summer fruits and vegetables in your daily diet can be quite beneficial for your health this season. The good thing about these summer fruits is that they not just keep you cool, but are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and lots other health benefits.
By Natural Look
Dr Amarjit Singh jassi