By Milka Gronlund, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Many of us are feeling confused about eating fruits and nuts, because they contain fruit sugar, calories and oils. However, there are many health benefits to eating them. Some of these health benefits are discussed in this short article. Be sure to enjoy fruits and nuts! They are delicious and worth eating in appropriate quantities. You can find more detailed information on the nutritional content at www.choosemyplate.gov/Supertracker.
Aloe Vera- this plant offers healing and cleansing properties. The juice can be enjoyed internally and externally. It contains amino acids, B-vitamins and enzymes to help with digestion. It has anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and anti-fungal properties. It can help heal from cirrhosis of the liver and even help reduce risk of liver cancer (Page, 2002 p.149).
Apples– they are anti-inflammatory. Help prevent liver, breast and colon cancer cells from growing (Katz, 2009 p. 30).
Apricots– they are anti-inflammatory. Contain potassium to help with regulation of blood pressure. Contains iron, which can be good for blood and energy levels (Katz, 2009 p. 30).
Dates– they can be healing for the body. Some dates have shown anti-tumor properties, making them good for cancer prevention (Katz, 2009 p. 34).
Flax seeds– they are anti-inflammatory. Source of phyto-estrogen, which can be beneficial for those who are interested in blocking estrogen receptor sites in the body in order to prevent breast cancer re-occurrence (Katz, 2009 p. 35).
Lemons– they are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. The peel of lemons contains limonene, which has been shown to promote cancer cell death. It may even help reduce the risk of “skin, lung, colon, breast, stomach and mouth cancers” (Katz, 2009 p. 36).
Limes– they are good for boosting white blood cells and fighting infections. They are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial (Katz, 2009 p. 36).
Oranges– they are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Citrus fruits are good in general for prevention of variety of cancers, including mouth, throat and stomach. Citrus fruits have been shown to slow tumor growth in animals (Katz, 2009 p. 37).
Walnuts- they are anti-inflammatory, helping the body heal. They have also shown to limit estrogen’s growth potential in breast cancer cells (Katz, 2009 p. 40).
Fruity Nut Bars
½ cup unsulfured dried apricots
½ cup pitted dates
½ cup raisins
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cups hazelnuts
4-oz (115 grams) porridge oatmeal flakes
Juice of one lemon
1 tbsp. apple juice
Preheat oven to 350’F (180’ C). Chop fruits and nuts and then mix all ingredients. Press to baking sheet on top of wax paper (7” or 18cm pan). Bake for 15 minutes. Cut into slices when still warm (Rose, S. 2004 p. 57).
Establishing new lifestyle habits and a healthy diet can be challenging. Be kind and understanding with yourself when making changes. Please remember to listen to your body for feedback and work with appropriate health and wellness professionals prior to making changes in your diet. This is not intended to be a complete detoxification, wellness, nutrition, counseling or exercise program. Please do listen to your body and be very sensitive to the needs of your body. Enjoy the journey!
- Katz, R. (2009). The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts.
- Page, L (2002). Detoxification. Carmel Valley, CA: Healthy Healing Publication.
- Rose, S. (2004). Detox. Bath, UK: Parragon Publishing Book.
- USDA, www.choosemyplate.gov/Supertracker.