5 affordable fruits that you should be eating

Cheap and healthy food: Post 2

This article is my own personal research and should not be taken over advice from a medical professional.

These cheap fruits are some commonplace staples that you are probably already eating some of already. These fruits may be full of nutrients but they are also quite high in sugar so I wouldn’t recommend overdoing it, you should probably try to get your nutrients from inexpensive vegetables.

I have used prices from Tesco in the UK (these foods are likely to be cheap in Europe and the US) however if you shop around you could probably find these foods cheaper.

1. Apples

A 5-pack of braeburn apples costs just £1.60 which is just 32p per fruit. 100g of apple comes with 2.4g of fibre and the antioxidants and phytochemicals which are found in apples are thought to reduce the likelihood of people developing conditions such as: heart disease, lung cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

apple

2. Bananas

Loose bananas cost just 76p per kg and are high in potassium and fibre, and some evidence suggests that the consumption of bananas can help control asthma and high blood pressure.

3. Frozen berries

Berries are very well known for being full of antioxidants. Buying them frozen will save you a lot of money. 500g of frozen berries will cost just £2 and these berries are picked ripe so could even be higher in nutrients than their fresh counterparts.

4. Pears

Conference pears come at a cost of £2.21/kg and they are one of the most fibrous fruits (a medium pear has around 100 calories and 5g of fibre). The skins are also full of phytonutrients and antioxidants which is why they are a great anti-inflammatory food.

pear

5. Grapes

Everybody loves grapes. A 500g pack of grapes costs £2 and they are a great source of Vitamin K and copper, also 100g of them contains just 67kcal. They are also known to contain resveratrol which is believed to be great for heart health.

Conclusion

These aren’t the only cheap fruits out there, other great ones include oranges, apricots, nectarines and strawberries (which I’ve noticed are much cheaper than other berries). Also, take into a count that at certain times on the year certain fruits will be cheaper than usual (for example blackberries in the late summer/early autumn) because they are in season. Another thing to remember is that if you get fruit when it is reduced then you can save a lot of money but make sure to use it before it goes off.

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