What is the top 5 healthiest fruit?

Eating two servings of fruit every day stands as a healthy dietary goal to keep your body thriving. So, if that’s the case, why not choose fruits with the biggest nutritional bang for your buck?

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All fruits are not created equal, after all. They all claim certain benefits, of course — but some check a few more boxes when it comes to being really good for you.

So, let’s build a shopping list with the help of registered dietitian Beth Czerwony, RD.

1. Blueberries

What can blueberries do for you? For starters, they can:

  • Reduce age-related memory loss.
  • Help fight off cancer.
  • Protect your body’s cells.
  • Boost heart health.

Many of the benefits connect to the high levels of antioxidants packed into the small berries. Antioxidants battle free radicals, unstable atoms in your body that can damage cells and cause illness.

Blueberries also are rich in soluble fiber to tame cholesterol levels and omega-3 fatty acids for brain health. They’re also chock full of vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese.

And here’s maybe the biggest bonus of all: Blueberries taste great. Snack on them by the handful or toss them into yogurt, oatmeal or salads to add extra flavor. Add it all up, and it’s no wonder why blueberries have been dubbed a “super fruit.”

By the numbers: contains about 84 calories, 3.55 grams of fiber and 14.7 grams of natural sugars.

2. Raspberries

Raspberries are also full of antioxidants and nutrients called polyphenols that decrease oxidative damage. Like their “blue” berry cousin, they’re high in fiber to aid in digestion, blood glucose control and weight loss.

There’s more, too. Raspberries also are great sources of:

  • Vitamin C.
  • Manganese.
  • Potassium.

Somehow, too, raspberries manage to taste sweet despite being low in sugar. They’re great to eat on their own or as a flavorful addition to various dishes or smoothies.

By the numbers: contains about 64 calories, 8 grams of fiber and 5.4 grams of natural sugars.

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3. Blackberries

Notice a theme yet? “Always go for berries,” says Czerwony. “They’re going to be one of the lowest sugar fruits and one of the highest in fiber. That’s a great combo to stabilize your blood sugar and keep you feeling full for longer.”

Blackberries share many of the same attributes as blueberries and raspberries ­— antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, etc. The packaging and taste are just a little different.

(Pro tip: If you’re using prepackaged frozen berries of any kind, check the label to see if any sugar has been added. That’s one of several stealthy ways in which fruit can be made less healthy.)

By the numbers: contains about 62 calories, 7.6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of natural sugars.

4. Oranges 

Want an easy way to get all the vitamin C you need today? Then eat a sun-kissed orange.

One orange orb is all it takes to meet your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that can:

  • Boost your immune system.
  • Keep your skin looking radiant.
  • Strengthen your bones.
  • Ease muscle pain.

Also, eating an orange is better than drinking one. While orange juice does offer a healthy splash of vitamin C, it lacks the fiber that’s in the whole fruit. (Learn more about why 100% juice isn’t as healthy as you might think.)

By the numbers: contains about 86 calories, 4.4 grams of fiber and 17 grams of natural sugars.

5. Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That old phrase may be a bit of an overstatement, but there’s no question the fruit is a healthy choice. In fact, researchers found that folks who eat an apple a day use fewer prescription medications.

Apples have also been connected to improved heart health, fewer asthma symptoms and reductions in cancer risk. Many of the positives linked to apples come from the fruit’s fiber content.

Want some tips on selecting apple varieties? Then, follow this advice from a registered dietitian.

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By the numbers: contains about 80 calories, 4.9 grams of fiber and 16 grams of natural sugars.

6. Star fruit

Enough of the common fruits. Let’s go a bit exotic for our final recommendation.

Star fruit, or carambola, is guaranteed to be a visual delight. “It’s a tropical fruit that looks like it could be a sea creature,” says Czerwony. “When you cut it on the base, it comes out looking like a star. It’s fun.”

It’s also pretty nutritious considering the low calorie count.

By the numbers: One medium star fruit contains about 28 calories, 2.6 grams of fiber and 3.6 grams of natural sugars.

Final thoughts on fruit

The bottom line? Any fruit is better than no fruit. Only 1 in 8 Americans eat the recommended two servings of fruit per day, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So, if you like grapes, buy them and eat them. Pears? Perfect. Pineapples? Who can argue with that tasty treat?

What is the #1 healthiest fruit?

1. Apples. One of the most popular fruits, apples are chock-full of nutrition. They're rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, such as pectin, hemicellulose, and cellulose.

What fruit should I eat everyday?

Some of the healthiest fruits include pineapple, apples, blueberries, and mangos. You should eat three servings of fruit a day as part of a healthy diet. Eating fruit improves heart health, reduces inflammation, and boosts your immune system.

What fruit is super healthy?

Acai berries, avocados, and blueberries are other examples of foods that have risen to superfood status, with health benefit claims that include reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.