LIFESTYLE / 14 JUNE 2019
5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF FRUIT JAMS
Tasty and nutritious, fruit jams bring not only the unique mom’s cooking flavour but also many wonderful health benefits to your family meals. Here are some of the most outstanding benefits of fruit jams
1. Boost your vitamin C intake
Vitamin C (Acid ascorbic) acts as an antioxidant in the body, meaning it protects our cells from damage by free radicals (cigarette smoke, air pollution or too much sun). Since Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, it is not stored in large amounts in the body so you need to replace your vitamin C stores daily. Raw fruits and vegetables can add a bit of vitamin C to your daily intake, but fruit jams have even more. Although cooking reduces the amount of vitamin C in any food, it also reduces the volume, so you’ll get more vitamin C per cup of jams. Adding 1- 2 spoons of fruit jams is a great and simple way to boost your vitamin C intake if you struggle to get enough from your diet.
2. Boost your immune system
There is also no longer any doubt that it is easier, cheaper, quicker, and smarter to prevent an illness than to treat it. Fruit jams are rich in immune-improving substances such as natural fiber, minerals, probiotics, and vitamin A, which are well-established for boosting immunity, helping the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses.
3. Improve your digestion
So many of us don’t give much thought to our digestive system, yet it holds the key to optimal health. Countless research shows that the key to a healthy body is a healthy gut. Jam fruits contain great amounts of dietary fiber, folate (folic acid) and potassium to keep our digestion moving along and lubricated, making you less likely to get constipated.
4. Reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases
Heart disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide and diet plays a major role in heart health and can impact your risk of heart disease. Eating fruit jams can help boost the health of the heart by providing a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Therefore, the nutrient-rich jams could reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and all other potential cardiovascular diseases.
5. Smoothen your skin
Fruit jams are also loaded with antioxidants, which help to soften the skin and keep it looking supple, rebuild youthful skin from the inside out. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber that aids in ridding the body of toxins. Taking care of your skin results in more than just good health, it also does a good job of making you look young and healthy.
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