Are fruits bad to eat? Is it too high in sugar and cause weight gain? I get asked this question all the time in my office. Here are my answers:
- Fruits are high in nutrition. Besides vitamin C, fruits have carotenoids, folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin K, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
- Low in calories. Fruits are mostly water (85%) unless it’s dried fruit so it’s a low calorie treat. Nature’s sugar is much better than restricting fruit followed by eating processed sweets.
- Inexpensive. If you eat seasonally, your fruit will be inexpensive. If you want blueberries all year long (which by the way isn’t good for us), then it gets expensive.
- Convenient. Fruit as a snack is so easy to pack.
- Physical health. Studies show that those who consume more fruit have fewer instances of heart attack and strokes and potentially also improve the aging brain.
- Eating over drinking. Eating fruit is more satiating for the body than drinking it; therefore, we don’t over-consume.
I hope that clarifies the fruit war. Moderation is always your best friend. Eat seasonally and aim for organic when possible (for you, the planet, and farmers).
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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA