Fruit is rich in nutrients such as vitamins C and K, carotenoids, folate, potassium and magnesium, as well as lots of fiber. Fruit can help you feel full without a lot of calories (exception: dried fruit -- it has less water, more calories.) Fruit may help protect your heart and brain. The DASH diet helps lower blood pressure, and fruit is a key component of the diet, which suggests 5 servings a day. Studies have shown that those who eat more fruit have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Berries may even help keep your brain sharp. Fruit is a convenient and inexpensive snack, especially when in season.
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