We’re not saying anything new to suggest fruit is a necessary part of a healthy diet, but when we are juggling competing demands and busy schedules, our personal health and wellbeing often go to the back of the priority queue, until we get sick or our wellbeing is compromised.
Here in Australia we are fortunate to grow a load of colourful and delicious fruits and yet the word is only half of us eat the recommended 2 serves of fruit per day.
Most fruits are low in energy (kilojoules) and high in fibre and water, making you feel fuller. As well as helping to maintain a healthy weight, fruit is also effective in reducing the risk of prevalent diseases such as cancer.
We have long heard that, “you are what you eat” and while the impact of food on our physical health is widely known, there is also increasing research examining the influence diet has on mental wellbeing.
Fresh fruit in the workplace, not only looks and tastes great, it will go a long way toward helping your staff feel great too. It’s also a low-cost, low-fuss way of showing employees they are valued. Research has shown that employees who feel appreciated are more efficient, and productive. This in turn positively impacts morale in the workplace and needless to say, can only help to reduce absences due to poor wellbeing.
COS Fresh will conveniently deliver fresh milk and locally sourced, seasonal fruits to your workplace. While your staff are looking after business, COS Fresh can help you look after them. Call COS to order Fresh, on 1300 88 22 44 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know? Fruit and vegetables fall into five different colour categories and each colour carries its own set of unique disease fighting chemicals called phytochemicals (Source: Nutrition Australia).
Red fruits and vegetables are coloured by a natural plant pigment called lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer and keep our heart healthy.
The plant pigment anthocyanin is what gives blue/purple fruits and vegetables their distinctive colour. Anthocyanin also has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Carotenoids give this group their vibrant colour. A well-known carotenoid called Betacarotene is found in sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots. It is converted to Vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes. Another carotenoid called lutein is stored in the eye and has been found to prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness.
Green vegetables contain a range of phytochemicals including carotenoids, indoles and saponins, all of which have anti-cancer properties. Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are also excellent sources of folate.
White fruits and vegetables contain a range of health-promoting phytochemicals such as allicin (found in garlic) which is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Some members of the white group, such as bananas and potatoes, are also a good source of potassium.