The Unknown Health Benefit of Fruit

Fruit is essential to a balanced diet and healthy life. But, I don’t only eat fruit for its physically enhancing nutrients. Frequently, I also eat fruit to strengthen myself mentally.

Oftentimes, I only hoard fruit during my most taxing moments. One of the most strenuous obstacles in my life is homework, and sometimes I get waves of unease and anxiousness to the point I break down. Occasionally these moments will seem so distressing that my mom will notice and place a bowl of fruit on my desk. She would then tell me uplifting words of encouragement so that I would calm down and then help me with my homework, all while I eat my bowl of fruit. 

Admittedly, my mom does not always know how to give comforting words, but the constant bowls of fruit she serves to me, even at times when I’m not miserable, is like a sign she’s always looking out for me which brings comfort on its own. It could be oranges, mangos, grapes, apples, pineapples, blueberries, strawberries, nectarines, dragon fruit, or any fruit. Without a bowl of fruit, I would be sulking too much over the fact that I can’t do my homework to be able to focus on my mom’s advice. Fruit gives me something sweeter to focus on rather than the bitterness of my task. 

“A life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit”- Khalil Gibran

Tarver Academy explains the quote here.

The love I feel from a bowl of fruit encourages me to steer my foggy mind to a more stable state where I realize sulking will do nothing and that progress is needed as my way of sprouting “blossoms and fruit.” Fruit gives me the nutrients I need to bring myself to my senses, and in this way, fruit makes me healthier and it is essential to my life.

As I write this, I eat a mango. 

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