Wednesday, July 27, 2011

4 fruits to keep out of the fridge

Summer is in full swing in Gulf as well as in several other parts of the Globe, and there is no healthier way to cool off than with juicy fresh fruit. But you might want to rethink your first instinct to shove fruit in the fridge. Some fruit is actually tastier and more nutritious if left at minimized room temperature. Use our super-simple guide to storing some of summer’s favorite fruits.

1. Watermelon

This summer treat is up to 40% higher in cancer-fighting lycopene if kept at room temperature as opposed to in the fridge. This juicy fruit is also abundant in the amino acid arginine, which might promote weight loss, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Added perk: Some research even suggests that the fruit's high levels of citrulline may act as a "natural Viagra."

2. Tomatoes

This summer salad staple should be stored at room temperature and eaten once it’s ripe for the best flavor, according to Whole Foods Market. Tomatoes also contain the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene and vitamins A, C and K. The redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains.

3. Peaches

Store peaches at room temperature with their stem end down to prevent bruising. This succulent fruit is high in fiber, vitamins A and C, “good” cholesterol-boosting niacin and potassium. Once peaches are ripe, eat them immediately or refrigerate them. Savor peaches with the skin to get more vitamins, phytochemicals and fiber, according to the American Association of Kidney Patients.

4. Mangoes

Enjoy mango’s tangy flavor by storing this juicy summer fruit in the fruit basket—not the fridge--and eating right after it’s ripe. Pick up this tropical fruit if you overdid it at dinner. Mangoes contain natural digestive enzymes that can help soothe your stomach, according to The University of Arizona.

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