Tropical fruits list high on 100 best foods to eat list

Select the fruit to see where it stands

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

#1 The tropical avocado, SlimCado

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 Starfruit

This tropical fruit is grown by Brooks in sunny Florida. It’s also known as a carambola, is a popular breakfast option in Thailand famous for containing a boatload of antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and fibre.
Starfruit can be eaten like an apple or sliced into stars. Another bonus: Unlike many fruits, starfruit is low in sugar.

31 out of 100 Papaya

Papaya’s orange and red color are called carotenoids.
Carotenoids such as lutein, beta-carotene, lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin act as antioxidants in the body.
They tamp down inflammation and can be effective as cancer-fighting agents.
Eating foods that are lycopene-rich help reduce the risk of several types of cancers.

#40 out of 100 Groovy 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.”