Fruits and Vegetable starting with P

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Papaya

Papaya

  • Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber.
  • Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer.
  • Papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

 

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

  • An egg-shaped tropical fruit
  • The seeds are edible so you can eat the orange pulp straight from the shell.
  • The pulp has an intense aromatic flavor, while the texture is jelly-like and watery.
  • Passion fruit is an excellect source of vitamins A and C. One passion fruit has only 16 calories. When eaten with the seeds, a serving is an excellent source of fiber.

 

Peach

Peach

  • Peaches contain antioxidants like Vitamin C, biolflavonoids and carotenoids which are great for overall health.
  • Vitamin C is effective in protection against asthma, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, as well as macular degeneration (which can lead to blindness).
  • They are high in carotene and Vitamin B which make for a healthy immune system, great skin and good eyesight.

 

Pears

Pears

  • The anti-oxidants and anti-carcinogen in pears keeps blood pressure in check as well as reduces the likelihood of strokes.
  • Their Vitamin C content protects cells from any potential damage by free radicals.
  • Pears contain a lot of pectin which is good for keeping cholesterol down.
  • Pear juice is great for regular bowel movement as well as the wellbeing of the colon.
  • Pear juice is also a great natural sports drink due to its high levels of glucose and fructose.
  • Pears have a lot of boron, which enables the body to retain calcium, reducing the chances of osteoporosis.

 

Pineapple

Pineapple

  • It is one of the most commercialized fruit containing Crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM photosynthesis.
  • It also contains a proteolytic enzyme (bromelain) and enzymes that help digesting food; therefore, the pineapple has benefits for some intestinal disorders.
  • It also provides 40% of the daily-recommended doses of vitamin C, 10% of the Daily recommended doses of vitamin B and the same percent of Copper.
  • The fruits were known in traditional medicine as antihelminthics and anti-inflammatory if applied topically. A root decoction is also used for treat diarrhea.
  • On the other hand, Pineapple is not recommended in large amounts because it can give stomach ulcers.

 

Plums

Plums

  • There are few fruits that come in such a panorama of colors as the juicy sweet tasting plum.
  • Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond.
  • They are all considered “drupes,” fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds.
  • When plums are dried, they are known as prunes.
  • Their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid.
  • These substances found in plum and prune are classified as phenols, and their function as antioxidants has been well-documented.

 

Pomelo

Pomelo

  • Pomelo is the largest citrus fruit. Its size (30 centimeters in diameter) and weight (up to 10 kilos).
  • It grows, like any other citrus, in tropical areas and doesn’t bear low temperatures.
  • It has a spongy thick rid and a pale yellow to green color when ripe; its taste is sweet, resembling to the grapefruit’s taste.
  • The fruit is sodium and fat free and is a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Only a fourth of a pomelo (152 grams) provides 130% of the daily recommended doses of vitamin C and has 60 calories.
  • Chinese use the skins and leaves for preparing ceremonial baths by boiling them. The purpose is to cleanse the person and repel evil.

 

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

  • The Pomegranate has been touted as a superfruit due to its amazing health properties. This is because Pomegranates are rich in Potassium, folic acid, Vitamins (rich in Vitamin C) and Antioxidants called polyphenols (some studies suggest that they contain 3 times more antioxidants than red wine or green tea).
  • Antioxidants are chemical substances which help in the prevention of cellular damage (said to be a common pathway for cancer, heart problems, aging, and a variety of diseases) and are the main reason for the big obsession.
  • Much research has been done to show that Pomegranates may be able to reduce blood pressure, LDL cholesterol build up and even slow down prostate cancer.

 

Potatoes

Potatoes

  • Potatoes are full of nutritious carbohydrates which are essential for energy.
  • They are far more nutritious than we think. They are high in potassium which instructs our nerves as to what they should do.
  • Potatoes are also an excellent source of Vitamin C which ensures a healthy immune system as well as helping heal wounds.
  • Potatoes are also a key source of protein, especially for vegetarians.

 

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

  • Pumpkin is high in potassium which keeps the nervous system working effectively.
  • The orange colour of pumpkin flesh is full of beta carotene which ensures smooth skin, good eyesight and a healthy immune system. This vitamin is a key antioxidant in protection against free radicals (highly reactive molecules which can cause brain and other tissue damage).
  • Pumpkins are beneficial for the treatment of gallbladder, kidney and prostate problems.
  • They are also excellent treatment for the removal of roundworm and tapeworm from the intestines.