100 Kinds Of Fruits And 100 Kinds Of Vegetables
There are 100 different types of fruits listed above and this is by no means a complete list of all the fruits that are out there.
(As a matter of fact, there are nearly 10,000 different types of apples in the world alone, so you can definitely have a lot of variety on the diet that I recommend, and I encourage you to try a fruit that you've never had before whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself.)
WHAT ARE FRUITS?
Fruits are the seed bearing (and often sweet tasting) offspring produced by trees and plants, and most fruits begin their life as a flower. (An apple tree for example will first produce flowers and the flowers that get pollinated will then go on to become apples.)
Like any other life-form the goal of a fruit tree is to multiply and to keep their species going, so fruit trees will usually produce multiple fruits each year and each one of their fruits will usually contain multiple seeds which all have the potential to grow into another tree.
But because a fruit tree is stationary and can't walk, it means that if all the fruits that it produces simply fall to the ground and stay there the seeds inside will end up growing right underneath the mother tree. (Which means that they will likely not survive due to having to struggle and compete with each other for soil, water, and sunlight.)
Humans and animals on the other hand are able to travel great distances, so in order to spread their seeds far and wide fruit trees will intentionally produce good looking, good smelling, and good tasting fruits to make us to want to eat them, and in return we spread their seeds for them.
The seeds inside of fruits are designed so that if they get swallowed they can travel through the digestive track unharmed and will even come out of the body encased in the fertilizer that they need to grow!
WHY I BELIEVE THAT FRUIT IS THE MOST NATURAL FOOD FOR HUMANS
1. HUMANS HAVE A "SWEET TOOTH"
The reason so many people drink sugary sodas, eat sugary candy, or crave a sugary desert right after a big meal even if they already feel full is because they don't eat enough fruit to satisfy their natural desire for sweets, and therefore their body is constantly seeking out some kind of sugary substitute to fill that void.
If you start to increase the amount of fruit in your diet your desire to consume other forms of sugar will naturally start to decrease.
2. HUMANS DIGEST FRUIT A LOT EASIER THAN OTHER FOODS
A lot of foods can take hours to digest, but most fruits only take minutes to digest, and this is because by weight fruit is mostly just water and fiber.
If you put an apple in a juice machine and remove the fiber you will be left with apple juice, and if you then take that apple juice and put it in a dehydrator to remove the water all that will be left is some sugar crystals and a collection of vitamins and minerals that are so small that you would need a microscope to see them.
So what this means is that when you eat fruit you are mostly consuming "water" and "fiber", and since "water" is the best remedy for "dehydration" and "fiber" is the best remedy for "constipation" your digestion will naturally be a lot faster and a lot smoother when you eat plenty of fruit.
In fact, some fruits are so easy to digest that you don't even have to eat them to digest them! (For example, if you take a really juicy fruit like mango, pineapple, or watermelon and you rub it into you skin some of the juice will actually get absorbed through your skin.)
3. HUMANS ARE ABLE TO GATHER AND EAT FRUIT EASIER THAN OTHER FOODS
* Humans have the natural ability to easily reach up and pick an apple off a tree, but it would be very challenging for us to catch, kill, and eat a wild animal.
* Lions have the natural ability to easily catch, kill, and eat a wild animal, but it would be very challenging for them to reach up and pick an apple off a tree.
There are 100 different types of vegetables listed above and this is by no means a complete list of all the vegetables that are out there.
(As a matter of fact, there are likely some edible and even medicinal plants growing right in your own backyard that you always thought were just "weeds", so you can definitely have a lot of variety on the diet that I recommend, and I encourage you to try a vegetable that you've never had before whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself.)
WHAT ARE VEGETABLES?
Unlike fruits (which grow on trees and plants) vegetables are the edible parts of the tree and plant it's self and some examples include...
- The Leafs (Spinach)
- The Roots (Potatoes)
- The Flowers (Cauliflower)
- The Stems (Asparagus)
- The Bulbs (Onions)
- The Bark (Cinnamon)
- The Grass (Wheatgrass Juice)
WHAT IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO EAT VEGETABLES?
Critics of healthy eating will often try to give people the impression that if you become a vegetarian or a vegan your diet will be limited to nothing but vegetables (and more specifically the vegetables that most people don't enjoy eating) and they will do this by making exaggerative statements like the ones below...
"Why would anyone want to be a vegetarian and have to live on nothing but kale and broccoli for the rest of their life?"
"I could never be a vegan because I don't want to just sit around and eat nothing but tree bark and grass all day long!"
The truth is that vegetables are just one part of a healthy diet, plus there are a lot of different vegetables to chose from, and most vegetables taste really good! So if you say that you don't like vegetables my first question to you would be, "Have you tried them all?"
I used to work in the produce department at a grocery store so I know full well how "scared" people can be of vegetables they've never tried before.
Sometimes a customer would start pointing at a vegetable they hadn't seen before like "leeks" and with a frightened look on their face they would ask me, "What in the world is that thing?" and no matter how much I would try to tell them that it was harmless and that it tasted great they would just continue to act scared of it and be completely closed off to the idea of trying it.
One time a lady approached me while holding a "rutabaga" and she asked me, "Is this a potato?" so I told her that it was actually a "rutabaga" and as soon as I said the word "rutabaga" she started to gag and then she quickly put it back on the shelf while saying, "I hate rutabagas!" So I curiously asked her when was the last time she had one and she told me that she never tried one before and that she never would because just the name "rutabaga" sounded so nasty to her.
So I would encourage you to bravely explore the vegetable kingdom before making up your mind that it has absolutely nothing good to offer.
And if you try a vegetable for the first time and you don't know much about it, I would also encourage you to watch a tutorial video on YouTube demonstrating how to prepare and eat it, because it could very well end up making the difference between having a good first impression of that vegetable and a bad one.
3 POWERFUL WAYS TO GET A LOT MORE "GREEN STUFF" IN YOUR DIET
1. GREEN JUICES
There are so many people out there who claim that drinking green vegetable juice did amazing things for their health, and making yourself a fresh glass of green juice once a day would be a great way to start getting more greens in your diet.
If you're new to juicing, green vegetable juice will probably taste too bitter for you at first, so when you first start juicing you can sweeten up the juice by juicing some apples or carrots with the greens until you eventually start to enjoy the taste of green juice without the added sweetness.
* If you decide to get a juice machine you need to know that the average juicer is only capable of juicing things that are big and juicy like Apples and Oranges, and it will not be powerful enough to juice thin leaves like spinach and kale. So you would need to purchase a special juice machine if you are wanting to juice leaves.
However, you can still make "Cucumber Juice" and "Celery Juice" in a regular juice machine because of how big and juicy cucumbers and celery are, and honestly, "Cucumber Juice" and "Celery Juice" are some of the best green juices you can drink in my opinion.
Click HERE for free videos on YouTube showing how to make green juice at home.
2. GREEN SALADS
Most people actually enjoy eating salads, but the salad dressings that they pour on top of them have dairy, oil, and a lot of other unhealthy ingredients in them which causes the salads to no longer be "healthy".
Click HERE for free videos on YouTube showing how to make healthy salad dressing at home.
3. GREEN SMOOTHIES
Greens actually combine very well with sweet fruits, so if you have a blender you can take green vegetables such as Spinach, Celery, and Kale and blend them together with sweet fruits such as Bananas, Mangoes, and Berries, and what will happen is that the sweetness of the fruit will overpower the taste of the vegetables, so you won't really taste the vegetables, but you will still be getting them in your diet.
* This is especially helpful if you have children who refuse to eat vegetables, because It is so easy to "hide" healthy ingredients in smoothies!
Click HERE for free videos on YouTube showing how to make green smoothies at home.