100 Kinds of Fruits and 100 Kinds of Vegetables

FRUITS
&
VEGETABLES



I recommend making fruits and vegetables the majority of your diet, and below are my thoughts on these amazing foods.



FRUITS




WHAT ARE FRUITS?



- Fruits are the often sweet tasting produce that grows on trees and plants.

- Fruits usually contain the seeds of the future generation of the tree or plant that they grew on.

- Fruits typically begin their life as flowers. (An apple tree for example will produce flowers in the spring, and the flowers that get pollinated by the birds and the bees will slowly turn into apples that will be fully grown and ready to eat in the fall.)



VARIETY




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.

In fact, there are nearly 10,000 different varieties of apples in the world alone!

And even fruits that are the exact same variety can be very different depending on where, when, and how they were grown.

So you can definitely get a lot of variety from eating fruits, and I would encourage you to try a fruit that you've never had before whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself.



WHY I BELIEVE THAT FRUIT IS THE MOST NATURAL FOOD FOR HUMANS



1. WE NATURALLY HAVE A "SWEET TOOTH"

The reason that so many people drink sugary sodas, eat sugary candy, and crave a sugary desert after a meal (even if it was a big meal and they are no longer hungry) is because they aren't consuming enough fruit to satisfy their natural desire for "sweets", so their body is constantly seeking out some kind of sugary substitute to fill that void.

If you start to increase the amount of sweet fruits in your diet, your cravings for unhealthy sweets will naturally start to decrease.

2. EASIER DIGESTION

Some foods take hours to digest, while most fruits only take minutes to digest, and this is because fruits are mostly water and fiber.

If you put an apple through a juice machine to remove the fiber, you will be left with pure 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 at that point will be a tiny collection of sugar crystals and an even smaller collection of micro-nutrients that you would need a microscope to see.

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 smoother when you are eating plenty of fruit.

And believe it or not, some fruits are so easy to digest, that you technically don't even have to eat them to digest them. (If you take a piece of juicy fruit like mango, honeydew, or watermelon and you rub it into your skin, the juice can actually get absorbed through your skin!)

3. OUR NATURAL ABILITITES

* 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.

Like any other life-form, the goal of a fruit tree is to reproduce and spread it's seeds so that the species will multiply and live on. But because a fruit tree is stationary, it needs some help with this.

Humans and animals 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.

Most fruit seeds are small enough that they can easily be swallowed by animals, and they are also hard enough that they can travel through the digestive track unharmed and be deposited in a new location AND be encased in the fertilizer that they need to grow!

It really is amazing when you stop and think about the symbiotic relationship that we have with fruit trees.



3 TIPS FOR GETTING GOOD QUALITY FRUITS



1. "MAKE SURE THEY'RE ORGANIC"


If you think that it's unnecessary to seek out "organic" produce, I would agree with you if the only produce you ever eat are the 2 slices of pickles that are in a McDonald's cheeseburger. But if you are following the diet that I recommend, and almost everything that you eat comes from the produce department, then the quality of produce that you are eating is going to be a lot more important.

Because of our size, we aren't going to die from eating an apple that has been sprayed with pesticides the same way that a small insect might, but consuming small doses of these poison over time has been linked to serious health problems in humans.

The diet that I recommend is based on eating "living foods", so eating foods that have been sprayed with a "death agent" is definitely not something that I recommend doing.

2. "MAKES SURE THEY'RE IN SEASON"


Now-a-days, a lot of fruits can be found in supermarkets all year long.

Watermelons for example, used to be something that we could only enjoy in the summertime, but now you can buy a watermelon in the middle of the winter if you want to.

But keep in mind that watermelons that are grown in the wintertime are grown in "hot houses", and they won't be as delicious or nutritious as watermelons that were actually grown outdoors during "watermelon season", AND they will be more expensive since it's a lot harder to grow fruits when they are out-of-season.

It would be best to only eat fruits when they are in season, and although eating this way will mean having to wait a while for your favorite fruits to come back, the "delayed gratification" will help you to appreciate them even more once they finally return. (Plus, there is always something great that is in season, so enjoy what is currently at it's greatest!)

Click HERE to view some charts showing when different fruits are in season.

3. "MAKE SURE THEY'RE RIPE"


Fruit trees want us to eat their fruits, but they only want us to eat their fruits when they are ripe. (Because that is when the seeds inside of them are fully developed and ready to be planted.)

- When fruits are unripe, they are green like the leaves surrounding them. (Which camouflages them and makes them more difficult to find.) And as fruits ripen, they become bright and colorful. (Which makes them stand out and easier to find.)

- When fruits are unripe, they are smaller and higher up in the tree. (Which makes them hard to reach.) And as fruits ripen, they become bigger and heavier. (Which causes the branches of the tree to hang lower as if the trees are literally handing us their fruits.)

Unripe fruit is far less nutritious than ripe fruit that is fully developed, and one of the biggest problems with buying fruit at a grocery store, is that most large-scale fruit growers will pick their fruits when they are still unripe, and they do this for the following 3 reasons...

- If they picked their fruits when they were fully ripe, they would be "over ripe" by the time they got to the grocery stores.

- If they picked their fruits when they were fully ripe, the fruits would be soft and therefore a lot more fragile and prone to damage during shipping and handling than fruits that are still hard and unripe.

- If they picked their fruits when they were fully ripe, they would lose a lot of time and money each year, because it's far more convenient to have a scheduled time for their fruits to be picked, shipped, and delivered, than it would be to wait patiently for as long as it takes for their fruits to be just right for picking.

But it is important understand that certain fruits (like bananas, mangoes, and avocados) will continue to ripen after they have been picked, while other fruits (like grapes, berries, and oranges) won't continue to ripen after they have been picked and therefore MUST already be ripe when you buy them if you want to eat them ripe.

An unripe green banana can still ripen and turn yellow on your kitchen counter, but an unripe pale strawberry that was picked way too early will never be able to ripen and turn bright red.

The scientific term for fruits that can ripen after they have been picked is "climacteric fruits" and fruits that can't ripen after they have been picked are known as "non-climacteric fruits".

Click HERE to view some charts of which fruits can and can't ripen after being picked.



VEGETABLES




WHAT ARE VEGETABLES?



Unlike fruit (which grows on trees and plants) vegetables are the edible parts of the trees and plants themselves, and some examples of this include...

- The Leaves (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 VEGETABLES?



Critics of healthy eating will often try to convince everyone (including themselves) that becoming a vegetarian or a vegan would mean that your diet would be limited to nothing but vegetables (and more specifically, the vegetables that most people don't enjoy eating) and they will do this by saying things like...

"I could never be a vegetarian, because I couldn't eat nothing but broccoli and kale all day."

or

"I could never be a vegan because I couldn't live on nothing but tree bark and grass for the rest of my life."


The truth is that vegetables are just one part of a healthy diet, and there are a lot of different vegetables to choose from.

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.

In fact, there may even be some pesky "weeds" in your backyard that are actually edible and medicinal "veggies".

There is also a big difference between vegetables that are "fresh" and vegetables that are canned or frozen and that were likely picked months or even years ago.

You can definitely get a lot of variety from eating vegetables, and I would encourage you to try a vegetable that you've never had before whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself. But before you do, I recommend that you watch a tutorial video on YouTube demonstrating how to prepare and eat that vegetable, because it could very well make the difference between you having a bad first impression of that vegetable and a great one.



3 WAYS TO GET A LOT MORE "GREEN STUFF" IN YOUR DIET






1. GREEN JUICES

There are countless people 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 are new to juicing, green vegetable juice will probably taste too bitter for you at first, so may wish to sweeten the juice up by juicing some apples or carrots with the greens until you eventually start to enjoy the taste of green juice without any added sweetener.

If you are thinking about buying a juice machine, please know that the average juicer is only capable of juicing things that are big and juicy like apples and oranges, and that you would need a more powerful (and more expensive) juicer to be able to juice thin leaves like spinach and kale.

However, you can still make "cucumber juice" and "celery juice" in an inexpensive juice machine because of how big and juicy cucumbers and celery are, and I personally think that "cucumber juice" and "celery juice" are some of the best green juices that you can drink anyways.

To watch countless free videos on how to make green juice at home, simply go to YouTube and type in "Green Juice Recipes"

2. GREEN SALADS

Most people actually enjoy eating salads, but unfortunately, they pour salad dressings on top of them that causes the salads to no longer be "healthy".

Fortunately, if you have a blender, you can make make amazing and super healthy salad dressings at home that don't contain any dairy, oil, sugar, salt, or chemicals that are typically found in store-bought salad dressings.

To watch countless free videos on how to make your own healthy salad dressings at home, simply go to YouTube and type in "Raw Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes"

3. GREEN SMOOTHIES

Certain types of bitter tasting greens (like spinach, celery, and kale) actually combine very well with certain types of sweet tasting fruits (like bananas, mangoes, and berries) and if you blend them together in a smoothie, the sweetness of the fruit will overpower the bitterness of the vegetables. (Which means that you won't really taste the vegetables, but you will still be getting them in your diet!)

Smoothies are especially helpful if you have children who refuse to eat vegetables, because it is so easy to "hide" healthy ingredients in their smoothies.

And smoothies can also be helpful if you are a grown-up who still struggles with eating enough vegetables ;)

To watch countless free videos on how to make green smoothies at home, simply go to YouTube and type in "Green Smoothie Recipes"



BACK HOME NEXT