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Delta Fruit Juices – Nutritional Value

The intake of large quantities of fruit and fruit juices is one of the most important staples of the Mediterranean diet, now hailed as one of the best diets in the world. Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet reduces the likelihood of developing heart disease and various types of cancer. Indeed, it is not by chance that Mediterranean people are among the longest lived in the world.

The eating habits of people today, especially those living in large cities, is gradually leaving the Mediterranean model behind and is characterised by the intake of large quantities, sometimes excessive quantities, of food rich in fat and low in fibre. Therefore, fruit juices are of paramount importance to modern man, as they do not contain fat and are rich in, mainly water soluble, fibre, vitamins and electrolytes and are ideal for supplying one of the 5 recommended servings of fruit a day.

The intake of fruit juices gives vigour and energy, hydrates the body and contributes significantly to its antioxidant protection.

Instantly available energy
Juices are chiefly made up of carbohydrates, nutrients that offer instant energy and therefore constitute the best solution if we want a quick “pick me up” at any moment of the day.

Anti-oxidant protection – invaluable vitamins
Both atmospheric pollution and a stressful life in the big cities result in the formation of the so-called “free radicals” which destroy the body’s healthy cells.

Vitamin C, beta-carotene, polyphenols are only some of the antioxidants contained in many juices such as citrus, kiwi, apricot, melon, pomegranate, grape etc. and ensure that the body works well and reinforce its immune system.[/one_half] [one_half_last]

The best known antioxidant in juices is vitamin C. In conjunction with its anti-oxidant protection, vitamin C plays another role of equal importance – it participates in collagen formation. The daily intake of sufficient vitamin C helps maintain the skin in good condition.

Juices rich in vitamin C also contribute greatly to preventing anemia, as they greatly facilitate the absorption of iron from food.

Beta carotene is found mainly in carrot juice, apricots, peaches, melons and is converted into vitamin A in the body. It is also a valuable nutrient for strengthening the body’s defences and slowing down wear and tear.

Both Vitamin C and beta carotene participate in neutralizing free radicals that destroy collagen, thus contributing to healthier skin.

Citrus fruit juices also contain large amounts of folic acid, a vitamin that helps the formation of red blood cells, helps the correct development of the embryo’s nervous system and is necessary for pregnant women.

It should be noted that fruit juices supply the body with valuable electrolytes, such as potassium, necessary ingredients that help maintain the correct electrolyte balance of the body, especially in summer months.

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