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Superfoods: The Holy Quran’s Guide to Eating Healthy

Are you getting your five a day?

No?

Well, a recent study says we should actually be eating ten portions of fruit and veg per day.

TEN! That’s a lot of sprouts. But then again no one likes sprouts. So maybe eat a banana instead.

These days, science is advanced enough to tell us all about the benefits of chomping on green things and fresh fruits.

But did you know that the Holy Quran also mentioned which fruits are better for us to munch on?

Yep, centuries ago, the Quran was already hailing the benefits of healthy eating.

Lots of fruits are mentioned in the Quran but some are superior to others. Can you guess which ones?

ParsQuran.com lists where the healthy stuff is mentioned in the Quran. This includes dates, olives, pomegranates, grapes, bananas, figs, cucumber, garlic, lentils and onion.

They’re all pretty essential for a healthy, varied diet. And modern science backs this up. Let’s pick out a few of them to see what benefits they have for our bodies.

Bananas have pretty incredible abilities, including reducing blood pressure, helping to keep you regular (!), developing cells and muscles and maintaining your body’s fluid balance. It’s amazing what those little yellow bendy things can do.

Dates are great energy booster and contain lots of B vitamins. And vitamin C, which as we all know is great for fending off colds! But they can also reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases.

Pomegranates are just pretty cool anyway. But they can also keep your blood flowing healthily, help your mouth stay clean (and teeth white!) and can revive tired muscles. They can also help prevent cancer. Those clever little things.

Grapes are often taken to people in hospital. They pack a lot of health benefits inside their skins, helping keep you hydrated, reduce asthma issues, and they are a great medicine for liver, kidney, and digestive system diseases. Time to grab yourself a bunch?

Olives might seem like an innocent snack that servers offer while we’re waiting for our main course. And they are, but they too contain some superhuman goodness. They can prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure and help keep your heart healthy. We know! They’re only so small. And they can reduce pain in your muscles and lower cholesterol. Pretty amazing.

The health benefits of figs are not just a fig-ment of your imagination (see what we did there?). They contain loads of fiber, helping you lose weight and battle diabetes. They also pack in fatty acids which help reduce heart disease and produce loads of other benefits.

We think it’s incredible that these superfoods are on the ‘must-eat’ list developed by leading food scientists, but they were also highlighted in the Quran long ago as the best foods to eat.

Happy munching!

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