Tropical Fruits to Put on your Grocery List


Tropical Fruits to Put on your Grocery List

Variety is key to a balanced diet. You don’t want to overdo anything – and fruits are no different. Sure, they’re way better for you than Twinkies, but that doesn’t mean you should eat only strawberries everyday (even though you might want to). Try switching up what fruits you’re eating with some of these delicious tropical ones. Not only are they sort of exotic, they’re great for you too.

Avocado
A great source of fiber, potassium and folate make these central Mexico natives a great addition to your diet. You can add spices to them and make delicious guacamole or just enjoy them as is (without the skin of course). They’re jam-packed with over 1/3 the daily value of vitamin C and ½ the daily recommended intake of vitamin K.

Banana
An apple a day? Are you sure? Because bananas are full of way more vitamins and minerals. They’re stuffed with potassium, which is great for your brain and usually, those of us who are stressed have a potassium deficiency. So packing one for your morning commute isn’t a bad idea. And they make us feel good – not just because we’re eating fruit instead of cupcakes – but because they have high levels of a chemical called tryptophan, which our bodies convert into serotonin, making us actually feel better.

Carambola
More commonly known as Star Fruit, this Asian delicacy is subtly sweet while still maintaining a tart taste. They’re often described as tasting like an apple, pear, and citrus fruit all at once. Carambolas are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C while low in sugar, sodium, and acid. Plus, they’re shaped like a star, so they’re pretty cool.

Mango
For thousands of years, these colorful fruits have been cultivated in South Asia. Like bananas, mangos are a great source of potassium, vitamins, minerals, and fiber and have been recently linked to protect against colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

Papaya
These fruits are great – just ask Harrison Ford (he knows all about ‘em). As Indiana Jones, he ruptured a disk and received papain injections, which alleviate inflammation. Originally from southern Mexico, these fruits can contain over 300% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, help fight against heart disease, and promote good digestion.

Pineapple
Besides being loaded with more vitamin C in one cup than an entire orange, beautiful sweet pineapples offer plenty of other health benefits. They’re fat-free, have nearly no sodium, and are the sole source of bromelain, an enzyme that fights inflammation in the body.

Pomegranate
Some people call it a miracle fruit, and they have good reason for it. These ruby fruits of Greek legends are thought to help lower the risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and the development of Alzheimer’s. Plus, they’re full of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E, so you can call them a miracle fruit too, if you want.