Humans have consumed fruit since the dawn of man. Before the advent of processed sugar, fruits were the only sweet food in the human diet. Our bodies naturally crave sugars and fruit provides fructose, the healthiest sugar of all. But the health benefits of fruit extend way beyond providing a sweet taste to our diet. Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that are in scarce supply from other food sources. Rich in dietary fiber, fruit aids the functioning of our digestive tract. For those seeking to lose weight, it provides energy and all the nutrients you need as you reduce the calories. A diet rich in fruit lowers the risks of a wide range of diseases from cancer to diabetes and used topically, fruits give skin and hair a lustrous glow. If fruit is not part of your daily diet, then it really should be.