Beat the heat with these 7 Summer Fruits



We have been enjoying the summer season already. It is time that you should be running to your kitchen & take advantage of this bountiful time. To help you know some amazing fruits to eat in summer, Nutritionist Ankita Vaidya has gathered a handful of tips and penned down all of them with plenty of benefits.


With these food tips keep your body cool and well hydrated this summer-


1. Ice Apple (Tadgola)

Ice apple (palm fruit) is a seasonal fruit of the sugar palm tree and is widely

available during the sizzling summer. This fleshy fruit is loaded with translucent, juicy fluid which has excellent cooling properties. It has different names in different regions, for eg. Tadgola in Hindi.

Not just the fruit, the sap from the trunk is also very healthy and refreshing. The sap/ juice that is collected has a sweet sugary taste. It is usually sold as a refreshing drink which is also called by different names in different states such as Nira in Maharashtra, Thaati Kallu in Telugu and PathaNeer in Tamil.



Benefits of Ice Apple-

  • Helps in improving digestion and aids with constipation and acidity problems,

  • Contains a good amount of Sodium & Potassium, thus helps to maintain the fluid & electrolyte balance in the body,

  • The fruit acts like a natural coolant & prevents dehydration with its edible fluid,

  • Powerhouse of Carbohydrates, Phytonutrients, Calcium, rich source of Vitamin B (thiamine {B1} and riboflavin {B2}), Vitamin A, C, E, K, and a range of minerals like Iron, Zinc, Potassium, & Phosphorus, helps regulate the body fluids,

  • Ice Apple is rich in Antioxidants and Fibre chemicals,

  • Reduces nausea and vomiting in pregnant females and helps in improving the quality of breast milk,

  • Detoxifies the Liver.

Ways to consume Ice Apple-

  • Kheer

  • Sherbet

  • Payasum

  • Direct fruit


2. Bael Fruit


Bael fruit or also known as wood apple fruit is the best summer cooler &

immunity booster.


Benefits-

  • High in Vitamin C, Beta carotene and Vitamin B,

  • Being a little sweet & little tangy in taste, it is best to curb the crave & keep the body Hydrated with minimal fat,

  • It has anti inflammatory properties which help in keeping the skin infections (fungal/viral) at bay,

  • Immense amount of Potassium helps in purifying the blood & remove toxins,

  • Powerhouse of antioxidant, antibacterial and laxative properties,

  • Helps treating Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Stomach ulcers, Constipation and Cholera, Osteopetrosis and Anemia,

  • Relieves stress hormone,

  • Excellent for people with high Blood pressure,

  • Low Glycemic Index fruit and helps in regulating blood sugar.


Ways to consume Bael Fruit:

  • Smoothie

  • Chutney

  • Pickle

  • Juice



3. Figs/Anjeer


Fig or Anjeer is a densely sweet astringent fruit consisting of cooling powers. According to Ayurveda, the nutrients in Anjeer helps in balancing the Vatta & Pitta Dosha in the human body.


Benefits:

  • The key ayurvedic properties are- it is diuretic, laxative & expectorant,

  • They are beneficial in cleansing the bowel & detox the system,

  • Abundance of Potassium in figs make them a natural remedy to control blood pressure and sugar level,

  • Rich in Fibre it promotes heart health & also treats constipation,

  • The powerful antioxidant & anti-collagen properties of figs helps in skin care especially in harsh summers,

  • Anjeer is high in Iron, Magnesium, Vitamins A & E aiding in hair growth,

  • Excellent to treat Leucoderma, Eczema and Psoriasis and helps reduce Melanin,

  • 30 ml of Anjeer water helps dissolving Kidney stones,

  • Treats Insomnia.


Ways to consume:

  • Dry figs can be directly eaten or you can soak them in water overnight and consume it first thing in the morning.

  • Fruit figs are anytime handy to eat food.



4. Raisins


According to Ayurveda, raisins are one of the must have dry fruits from all. It increases Kapha but balances Vatta & Pitta Dosha.


Benefits:

  • Raisins are an excellent source of dietary fibre. Mere ½ cup of raisins will provide you 3.3gm of fibre.

  • Great source of Calcium, Iron, Boron & Phytochemicals.

  • Raisins are antioxidants & help prevent from strokes which are commonly seen in summer heat.

  • They contain enough natural sugar to give you a burst of energy when the summer heat is draining you.

  • It helps relieve Constipation, aids digestion and acidity.