Healthy eating has grown and continues to grow in importance in Australia. Yes, there have been the diet fads that have come and gone, and people’s enthusiasm for gloopy green smoothies might be finally waning, but the fundamentals of healthy eating, i.e. cutting down on sugar and eating more protein, fruit and vegetables will always remain.
When it comes to office snacks, fresh fruit is rapidly surpassing free biscuits, cake and pastries in terms of popularity, and a stacked bowl of fruit is becoming a common fixture in office kitchens across Australia. This provides numerous advantages. For starters, it’s a great way for businesses to promote long term wellness and healthy eating, but employees will also gain from a number of short term health benefits too. Here are some of the best.
Fruit has a huge range of health benefits and comes packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will fortify immune systems and help keep bodies stronger and healthier. Vitamin C, which will help in the fight against seasonal colds, is prevalent in most fruits, but you can also count on potassium to help the heart, fibre to encourage good digestion and vitamins A, C and E to aid the production of white blood cells that help fight infections.
Australia is undoubtedly a coffee loving nation and with cafes on every corner and a seemingly endless supply of caffeine available, it’s easy to forget that there are other options available that can help increase energy. The natural sugar in fruit will keep you feeling energised throughout the day, so when that 3pm slump comes around, you don't need to feel guilty about reaching for a snack. Research has also shown that oranges, grape fruit, berries and melon can help you stay mentally focused.
High fibre fruits such as apples, pears and raspberries are known for making us feel fuller after eating them, meaning that we’re less likely to get hunger pangs and reaching for the pastries.
While there’s no single food that can prevent cancer on its own, a balanced, plant-based diet filled with vegetables and fruit can definitely help lower the risk for many types of cancer, according to the Australian Cancer Council. Certain fruits are very rich in nutrients and antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, which help the body’s cells function optimally.
Having fruit for breakfast is an excellent way to break the body’s overnight fast. Light, healthy morsels of berries or citrus fruit will gently wake up the digestive system and metabolism from slumber, without wasting energy on digesting fatty foods.
Ordering fresh office fruit is clearly a great way to help fellow employees stay motivated alert and altogether healthier. Just in case they needed further convincing, why not pin up this plentiful list of benefits next to the fruit bowl…
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