[NAFEX] most nutritious fruit
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Sun Jun 15 00:48:40 EDT 2008
> Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:14:02 -0400
> From: "Alan Haigh" <alandhaigh at gmail.com>
> Subject: [NAFEX] most nutritious fruit
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> I just spent a half an hour trying to find an old copy of a comparative list
> of nutrients in temperate fruit but failed. I believe I copied it from an
> old issue of Pomona to use as a handout in a home orchard class. I remember
> that while kiwis were impressive it was black currants that were by far the
> richest in nutrients. Very high concentrations of potassium and vitamin C
> and A were among its assets. I expect that anti-oxidant flavinoids would
> be off the charts as well. I doubt kiwis are nearly as rich in flavinoids-
> not enough color.
> Apricots are by far the richest temperate fruit in carotene, therefor
> vitamin A- I believe mangoes are comparable in this regard. Papayas also.
> I'm sure there are lesser know tropical fruits with a high level of vitamins
> and flavinoids.
You can look up the nutritional values for many foods (as determined
by the USDA) at
A quick search indicates that cantaloupe has quite a bit more vitamin
A than apricots?..~75% more on a per gram basis, and more than twice
as much on a per calorie basis.
> Supposed to have at least 10 times the vit C that an orange has.
According to the USDA database, Kiwi has about 50% more vitamin C than
navel oranges on a per gram basis, and about 25% more on a per calorie
basis. Kiwi also has at least 10 times the vitamin E content.
Someone else raised the issue of availability, saying that the E is
concentrated in the seeds. I can assure you that 2 year olds cannot
digest the seeds ?
The database does not include many of the minor fruits ( paw paw,
aronia, goumi etc.), nor does provide data about flavanoids. In any
case, it?s a good resource for quantitative information if you want to
make your own evaluation of how ?healthy? a food is.
Re: the original poster, a google news search does not bring up any
recent articles about this study?.do you have any other information?
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