Best fruits that fight the winter cold & flu

The colder temperatures and shorter days can also mean bouts of the cold and flu, but did you know that fruit helps fight the germs we’re exposed to in winter? Studies have shown that the vitamins found in fruit keep your immune levels high, which allow you to fight off colds and flu. A recent study found that people who ate 3 or more servings of fruit daily had 25% fewer days with respiratory symptoms during winter, than those who ate less than 1 serving.

With the cold change in weather, here are the top 4 winter fruit that will keep your office healthy, productive and the sniffles at bay.

Kiwi fruit

This fuzzy green fruit is jam-packed full of vitamins C and E, which help fight against those pathogens that try to do us harm. It also contains as much potassium as a banana, but with half the calories and is great for lowering blood pressure. Kiwi fruit also has almost twice as much vitamin C than an orange, which makes it great for boosting your immune system.

Apples

It may be true what they say about an apple a day… Apples are packed full of flavonoids, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Studies have also found that eating an apple can help increase your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.

Apples are also full of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which keep you energized and alert naturally, making it a great alternative to that morning cup of coffee. Plus, it’s a quick snack you can munch on while you’re at your desk or in-between tasks.

Fun fact! Did you know…

  • Apples, peaches and raspberries are members of the rose family
  • Apples float in water because they are 25% air!

Bananas

Bananas can help reduce fatigue, depression and stress. They are also high in other vitamins and minerals which keep bones strong. Eating a banana can also aid in the prevention of heart disease and high blood pressure.

fun fact about fruit - banana is a berry

Citrus fruits

Studies have shown that eating vitamin C rich fruit will help boost your immune system and help prevent the onset of colds and flu. Don’t worry about overdosing on vitamin C - the body can’t store it, so it’s vital to replenish your supplies every day and anything that your body doesn’t use is just washed right out of your system.

Fill your diet with plenty of vitamin C rich foods, such as oranges, grapefruit, or use lemons and limes when cooking at home. Other vitamin C rich foods include strawberries, tomatoes and broccoli.

Fun fact: The colour ‘orange’ is named after the orange fruit. Before that, it was called geoluread, which literally means yellow-red.

Blueberries

Blueberries are filled with vitamins that can help treat and prevent coughs and colds. They are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables, which means these low-calorie snacks are excellent at keeping you healthy and feeling good.

fun fact about fruit - strawberry has lots of vitamin C

Pineapple

Pineapples are low in calories but are nutritionally dense fruits. They are especially rich in flavonoids and phenolic acids, which reduce the risk of chronic disease such a heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. They are also an excellent anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for cold and flu season and treating cold symptoms and immune function.

Watermelon

Not only will watermelon give you those extra fluids you need to get better, as well as being a delicious source of extra vitamins, but it contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps with the prevention of illness, reducing respiratory inflammation and prevents infection. It’s also why watermelon has its red colour!

Fun fact! Did you know...

  • You can actually eat the entire watermelon - with surprising health benefits. The outer layer is often stir-fried or stewed.
  • Watermelons are 92% water

Strawberries

Strawberries are highly nutritious, low in carbs and calories. They are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and manganese, and are also delicious! Slice some up and add them to your morning smoothies, cereal or just snack on them throughout the day.

What’s in season this winter?

Some of the delicious winter fruit available in Australia include:

  • Apples
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mandarins
  • Naval oranges
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple

Best fruit to eat to fight the cold and flu

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Other food to eat that fight the flu

In addition to fruit, there are a range of other superfoods you can eat to fight the flu or cold. Check out our infographic below to learn more. These common foods are easy to add to your diet during the colder months.

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Corporate fruit for the office

In addition to the many health benefits of eating fruit, providing fresh fruit in the office has been shown to increase employee productivity by more than 10%, boost their energy levels, combat low morale and increase happiness. It can help improve memory and boosts the immune system.

You can help improve the overall health of your team, cut down on sick days and extended absences just by offering fresh corporate fruit in the office. With so many benefits for the company and individual, for a limited expense, it’s easy to see why so many workplaces are providing office fruit. It’s a win-win for everyone! Speak to one of our kitchen supplies consultants at Order-In today on 1300 851 900 for a free quote and get fresh office fruit delivered to your workplace today. We can deliver fresh office fruit to most areas around Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle, the Gold Coast and Canberra.

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