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    I've been on a red grapefruit bender lately.

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    orange, kiwi, guava, watermelon, cherries, apricots, papaya, and mango

    bananas and apples usually fall pretty short. I avoid berries 'cause of the seeds and low sugar content, and grapefruit flavonoids are estrogenic so I stay away from them(plus they're gross imo). bananas are said to elevate serotonin, but I don't see how it could possibly make any sort of substantial difference at all, so I eat a lot of bananas because they're so cheap and tasty, but cause of their cultivation they could be allergenic and cause bloating for some along with the serotonin irritating the gut.

    also, unripe fruits are to be avoided at all costs.
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    I love all fruit but try to support local organic farmers and stick to what is in season. Here in the Sonoma county we are blessed with an amazing variety of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables. Gravenstein Apples in the fall are amazing. Oranges, lemons and limes are pretty much available througout the year. Berries in the spring and summer along with a variety of cherries, melons, peaches, pears, plums and of course, since this is wine country, lots of grapes. I think eating a wide variety is the most enjoyable and nutritious approach.
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    YogaBare, I eat bananas every day too. Sometimes 3 or 4. Pineapple and cherries are good too.

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    ...borrowed from here -- interesting that bananas are considered a 'white' fruit...hebs

    Red Fruits and Vegetables

    Contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support join tissue in arthritis cases.


    Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables

    Contain beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macula degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.


    Green vegetables and Fruit

    Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and Beta-carotene. The nutrients found in these vegetables reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time, support retinal health and vision, fight harmful free-radicals, and boost immune system activity.


    Blue and purple fruits and vegetables

    Contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells.


    White fruits and vegetables

    Contain nutrients such as beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, and lignans that provide powerful immune boosting activity. These nutrients also activate natural killer B and T cells, reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers, and balance hormone levels, reducing the risk of hormone-related cancers.

    Chart of Colored Vegetables and Fruit

    Green

    Artichokes
    Arugula
    Asparagus
    Avocados
    Broccoflower
    Broccoli
    Broccoli rabe
    Brussel sprouts
    Celery
    Chayote squash
    Chinese cabbage
    Cucumbers
    Endive
    Green apples
    Green beans
    Green cabbage
    Green grapes
    Green onion
    Green pears
    Green peppers
    Honeydew
    Kiwifruit
    Leafy greens
    Leeks
    Lettuce
    Limes
    Okra
    Peas
    Sno Peas
    Spinach
    Sugar snap peas
    Watercress
    Zucchini



    White

    Bananas
    Brown pears
    Cauliflower
    Dates
    Garlic
    Ginger
    Jerusalem artickoke
    Jicama
    Kohlrabi
    Mushrooms
    Onions
    Parsnips
    Potatoes
    Shallots
    Turnips
    White Corn
    White nectarines
    White peaches


    Red

    Beets
    Blood oranges
    Cherries
    Cranberries
    Guava
    Papaya
    Pink grapefruit
    Pink/Red grapefruit
    Pomegranates
    Radicchio
    Radishes
    Raspberries
    Red apples
    Red bell peppers
    Red chili peppers
    Red grapes
    Red onions
    Red pears
    Red peppers
    Red potatoes
    Rhubarb
    Strawberries
    Tomatoes
    Watermelon



    Yellow/Orange

    Apricots
    Butternut squash
    Cantaloupe
    Cape Gooseberries
    Carrots
    Golden kiwifruit
    Grapefruit
    Lemon
    Mangoes
    Nectarines
    Oranges
    Papayas
    Peaches
    Persimmons
    Pineapples
    Pumpkin
    Rutabagas
    Sweet corn
    Sweet potatoes
    Tangerines
    Yellow apples
    Yellow beets
    Yellow figs
    Yellow pears
    Yellow peppers
    Yellow potatoes
    Yellow summer squash
    Yellow tomatoes
    Yellow watermelon
    Yellow winter squash



    Blue/Purple

    Black currants
    Black salsify
    Blackberries
    Blueberries
    Dried plums
    Eggplant
    Elderberries
    Grapes
    Plums
    Pomegranates
    Prunes
    Purple Belgian endive
    Purple Potatoes
    Purple asparagus
    Purple cabbage
    Purple carrots
    Purple figs
    Purple grapes
    Purple peppers
    Raisins

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    Pears, Apples, Kiwis.

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    Agave. Fermented.
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    Matt Lalonde did a good talk on nutrient density here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwbY12qZcF4

    The fruit figures are at around 22:00 minutes. I (and he) were surprised at just how relatively un-nutritious fruit was, particularly the apples and berries. Still good to eat, but aiming for more nutrient dense foods is probably a good way to go.

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    Whatever is local, and in season. It will always beat anything imported and stored.

    And, target your particular nutritional needs. I.e. if you need starch, have a banana, if you need vit C, go for lemons and grapefruits etc.
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    One needs to define "most nutritious" first. (Personally I think eating for nutrition misses the point completely but that is an argument for another time.) Elaeagnus pungens' fruit have the highest amount of lycopene even more than the arils of the Momordica charantia which is some 96% lycopene. The Morrenia odorata has so much vitamin C that it dwarfs citrus. That is a reductionist view (which I don't hold to) but to answer what is the most nutritious requires a definition. What do you think "most nutritious" means?

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