FruitFruit are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health and prevention of many diseases. Several studies have shown that a diet rich in fruit reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke and type 2 diabetes and may protect against certain types of cancers. (1)Boeing H, Bechthold A, Bub A, Ellinger S, Haller D, Kroke A, et al. Critical review: vegetables and fruit in the prevention of chronic diseases. European Journal of Nutrition. September 2012, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 637-663. Available here. (2)Trock B, Lanza E, Greenwald P. Dietary fiber, vegetables, and colon cancer: critical review and meta-analyses of the epidemiologic evidence. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1990 Apr 18;82(8):650-61. Available here. (3)Ness AR, Powless JW. Fruit and Vegetables, and Cardiovascular Disease: A Review. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1997. Vol. 26, No 1. Available here. (4)Slavin JL, Lloyd B. Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables. Adv Nutr July 2012 Adv Nutr vol. 3: 506-516, 2012. Available here.
The culinary definition (which this site refers to) is dictated by a culinary custom rather by basing it on its anatomy. Fruit in the culinary sense considers the edible parts of plants that usually contain seeds (may also be seedless such as bananas, watermelons, tomatoes, grapes and citrus fruit). Culinary fruit is characterized by a sweet or tart taste and are usually used for snacks, desserts, breakfasts, smoothies or juices but also in savory cooking to add the sweet or sour taste in food.

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1. Boeing H, Bechthold A, Bub A, Ellinger S, Haller D, Kroke A, et al. Critical review: vegetables and fruit in the prevention of chronic diseases. European Journal of Nutrition. September 2012, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 637-663. Available here.
2. Trock B, Lanza E, Greenwald P. Dietary fiber, vegetables, and colon cancer: critical review and meta-analyses of the epidemiologic evidence. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1990 Apr 18;82(8):650-61. Available here.
3. Ness AR, Powless JW. Fruit and Vegetables, and Cardiovascular Disease: A Review. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1997. Vol. 26, No 1. Available here.
4. Slavin JL, Lloyd B. Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables. Adv Nutr July 2012 Adv Nutr vol. 3: 506-516, 2012. Available here.