Tropical fruits list high on 100 best foods to eat list

Excerpts from an article on the MSN Health and Fitness website written by Jessica Mattern for Redbook

1 out of 100 Avocado

The guac staple is rich in monounsaturated fats, the good fats that keep you full and help your heart. Plus, a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal found that people who ate half an avocado at lunch reported feeling less hungry throughout the afternoon than those who didn’t have one.

 

26 out of 100 Star Fruit

This tropical fruit, also known as a carambola, is a popular breakfast option in Thailand famous for containing a boatload of antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and fibre. Another bonus: Unlike many fruits, star fruit is low in sugar.

 

31 out of 100 Papaya

Dehydration, which plugs up your digestive tract, can actually poof out your belly, says Molly Morgan, RD, author of The Skinny Rules: 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows. Nosh on fruits—they’re natural hydrators since they’re at least 60 percent water. Melons and papaya are especially good because they also contain potassium, which helps regulate your body’s balance of fluids and minerals and fights salt-induced water retention.days.

 

40 out of 100 Coconut

“Once a diet no-go due to its high saturated fat content, coconut is now on everyone’s list of superfoods,” says Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. “It contains lauric acid that can kill bacteria and viruses and prevent infections. Plus, it can prevent heart disease and aid in weight loss.”