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Serve only good quality fruit. All fruit for serving should be perfectly ripe and sound. If intended to be eaten raw, fruit should be well ripened before gathering, and should be perfectly fresh.

Never use immature fruit. Immature fruit is never wholesome, and owing to the large percentage of water in its composition, fruit is very prone to change; hence over-ripe fruit should not be eaten, as it is liable to ferment and decompose in the digestive tract.

Fruit which has begun, however slightly, to decay, should be rejected. Juice circulates through its tissues in much the same manner as the blood circulates through animal tissues, though not so rapidly and freely. The circulation is sufficient, however, to convey to all parts the products of decomposition, when only a small portion has undergone decay, and although serious results do not always follow the use of such fruit, it certainly is not first-class food.

Fruit that has stood day after day in a dish upon the table, in a warm room, is far less wholesome and tempting than that brought fresh from the fridge, cold storeroom or cellar.

All fruits should be thoroughly cleansed before serving. Such fruit as grapes, cherries, berries, and currants may be best washed by placing in a colander, and washed under tap water or dipping in and out of a pan of cold water (changing the water frequently) until perfectly clean, draining and drying before serving.

Ripe fruit is a most healthful article of diet when partaken of at seasonable times; but to eat it, or any other food, after heavy meals, is a gross breach of the requirements of good digestion.

Regular consumption of fruit is associated with reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease (especially coronary heart disease), stroke, Alzheimer disease, cataracts, and some of the functional declines associated with aging.

Diets that include a sufficient amount of potassium from fruits and vegetables also help reduce the chance of developing kidney stones and may help reduce the effects of bone-loss.

Fruits contain from seventy-five to ninety-five per cent of water, have a high proportion of fiber, vitamins, sugars, enzymes and phytochemicals; hence their important value in human diet.Fruits are also low in calories (except in a few instances), which also helps to lower one's calorie intake as part of a weight loss diet.

Partially decayed, stale, and over-ripe, as well as unripe fruit, should never be eaten. According to scientists, all fruits and vegetables, when undergoing even incipient decay, contain numerous germs, which, introduced into the system, are liable to produce disturbances or disease. Perfectly fresh, ripe fruit, with proper limitations as to quantity and occasion, may be taken into a normal stomach with impunity at any season.

Fruit taken at seasonable times and in suitable quantities, alone or in combination with proper foods, gives us one of the most agreeable and healthful articles of diet. Fruit, fats, and meats do not affiliate, and they are liable to create a disturbance whenever taken together.

To serve its best purpose, raw fruit should be eaten without sugar or other condiments, or with the addition of as small a quantity as possible.

Fruits and their abundant and proper use does much to keep our vital machinery in good working order.

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Our markets are supplied with an almost unlimited variety of both native and tropical fruits, and it might be supposed that they would always appear upon the daily bill of fare; yet in the majority of homes this is rarely the case. A great number of people are inclined to consider fruit, unless the product of their own gardens, a luxury too expensive for common use. Many who use a plentiful supply, never think of placing it upon their tables, unless cooked.

Fruits and their supply of variety of healthy ingredients, enzymes, agreeable acids and other healthy properties are known to refresh and give tone to our digestive system. 
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