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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends consuming an average of about two cups of fruit per day, depending on your age. A cup of fruit could include a banana, a cup of blueberries, or seven slices of mango. Although these fruits are often avoided on the keto diet, the fiber and potassium in fruit are necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Certain fruits, like grapes, can reduce buildup in your arteries, lower inflammation, and reduce blood pressure, according to a 2012 study in Advances in Nutrition. The polyphenols and fiber in apples help your cardiovascular system, according to a 2017 study in Trends in Food Science & Technology.

Although the benefits of fruit for your physical health are numerous, you might be surprised that diets rich in whole fruit might also be good for your mental health. A 2022 study in the British Journal of Nutrition surveyed more than 400 people and found that the more fruit they had in their diet, the lower their levels of depression. People who ate more fruit also reported a higher sense of well-being. People who ate savory snacks, such as chips, were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety.