14 Fascinating Fruit FactsArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
One of the delights of being on a weight loss program like Nutrisystem is that fruit, which some fad diets completely ban, is a staple food. In fact, we love fruit so much we decided to test your apple knowledge, and then we decided to find out more fascinating facts about all kinds of fruits. We like to think it’s the berries.Like to bob for apples? Apples float because 25% of their mass is air. Also, the average apple tree produces 400 apples each year.
Bananas are a natural antacid. Feeling a bit of heartburn? Down a banana and you’ll feel better. Bananas are also a great way to chase away muscle cramps, thanks to their potassium content.
The average strawberry—which, by the way, isn’t technically a berry—contains about 200 seeds.
A kiwi fruit has twice as much vitamin C as an orange.
There are more than 700 varieties of apples cultivated around the world.
The world’s most popular fruit? The mango.
Is that pineapple in your kitchen ripening too slowly? Stand it on the spiky end.
Want your bananas to ripen more quickly? Put them in a brown paper bag with a tomato.
Dried fruits are delicious, but can be high in calories. Enjoy, but in moderation.
Want calcium but don’t like milk? Try a half-cup of figs, which has as much calcium as a half-cup of milk.
About 71% of the world’s grapes are used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% are used to make raisins.
Watermelons are aptly named: 92% of a watermelon is water, and 6% is sugar.
Taking a prescription cholesterol drug? Stay away from grapefruit, which contains an enzyme that can negate the drug’s effects.