Nutritionists tell us that eating five fruits a day can reduce the risk factors for heart attacks - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excessive weight. Fruit consumption is effective in the prevention and treatment of cancer, pulmonary disease, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases. It also retards the aging process and promotes mental health.
In the Bible, fruit is a metaphor for qualities beneficial for Christian living, Galatians 5:22 talks about the "fruit of the Spirit" -love, joy, peace, patience, and other attitudes reflective of Christ. In Hebrews 13:15, we're told to offer the fruit of our lips, praise to His name. Philippians 1:11 says we should be filled with the "fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."