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The Healthiest Fruits

The wonders of berries.

September 3, 2007 |
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Image thanks to LexnGer

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So yes, watermelon is a healthy fruit. Healthier than we used to think, but there's healthier still. Greens are the healthiest vegetable. But what are the healthiest fruits? A few years ago I talked about the studies suggesting that eating a single serving of berries everyday could add an extra year to our lifespan. Wait a second, tastes great and we get to live longer? That's really what plant based eating is all about.

More good news this year on cranberries and blueberries. In general berries are packed with wonderful phytonutrients with nice names like petunidin. That's another difference between plant and animal based foods. In plant food there is teanine in tea, gingerols, rosemarinic acid; limonoids, like limonin and tangeritin. Whereas in animal based foods there are substances with names like putrescine in turkey muscle, this is from the Journal of Nutrition. Dietary putrescine doesn't really roll off the tongue. Nor would I want it frankly to touch my tongue at all.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out theother videos on fruit. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

Check out my associated blog post, Eating To Extend Our Lifespan.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on fruit. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/johnswallow/ JohnSwallow

      Dear Dr. Greger: In 7 minutes, I can’t find where you respond to my previous question about quantities and daily timing of eating blueberries!! 2nd attempt! Please guide me, & thank you, John S

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/RainVainik/ Rain Vainik

    Great video!
    I’m wondering if lingonberries might have about the same effect?