Be A Fruit Whore


When it comes to fruit, the phrase "less is more" need not apply.  Fruit is the only food group, other than vegetables, where we can indulge and be free from the rules of portion control and calorie counting.  Have you ever heard of someone getting fat from eating too many blueberries? Strawberries? Apples? I don't think so...


Why is fruit so amazing?  Well, for one, it is low-fat and low-calorie.** Fruit is water based, hence it is hydrating.  Because of the high water content, fruit moves through the digestive tract quickly, cleansing our system, while also nourishing it with vitamins and minerals. 


Fruit does contain sugar, but if sugar were ever good for you, it is good when it comes in the form of fruit.  Fruit is naturally sweet, unlike the sugar you find in packaged snacks and candy.  The fiber in fruit, slows the absorption of the sugar into the bloodstream. The slow absorption of sugar keeps blood sugar balanced, rather than spiking it up high, and then dipping it down low. Candy on the other hand, is high in concentrated sugar and most of the time processed sugar.  It never contains any vitamins and minerals. In fact, high concentrations of processed sugar, like high fructose corn syrup, leach nutrients from our body. 


What kind of fruits should you be eating?  The answer is obvious, right?  -- All of them!  If you are eating a lot, aim to eat fruits that have a high water content like apples, grapes, kiwis, pineapples, strawberries, and melons.  And as a note,  fruit is always healthiest in its natural form, either blended in a smoothie or eaten just as is. 

What is your favorite fruit and/or smoothie recipe?



Yum!


**Avocados and olives are two fruits that contain fat -- and a lot of it for that matter.  The fat is all healthy and good, but as we know, too much healthy fat can become bad if our body is consuming too much to burn it all off.  Moderation is key when it comes to these two fruits.


** What about coconut? Coconut is not technically a fruit, but a nut.  And, it sure is fatty.  It contains the good fat, which the body quickly puts to use, but again moderation is best when you're dealing with a nut of any kind. 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Olives were in the fruit group. Good to know.

My fruit addiction doesn't seem so bad anymore... My current addiction is clementines. =P

Btw, I love reading your blog!

N.D. said...

I need to eat more fruit, I'm really good at it in the summeR!

Alyson @ Nourished Fitness said...

As the weather's getting warmer, I'm starting to crave fruit like crazy! I just picked up fresh Pineapple & Strawberries yesterday.. perfection :)

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Great post on the value of fruit in our diets. My favorites are all kinds of berries & Pink Lady apples. Much preferred over processed sugars anyday.

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