Posted 8.16.13 @ 12:25
This time of year the amount of fresh fruits available is AMAZING, but if you’re like most Canadians, you’re health conscious. You want to make sure that you’re not eating too much sugar… but what about fruit? With low carb diets being one of the biggest ways Canadians are taking off the pounds, it’s important to remember that you need to get your fruit! Fruit provides so many benefits and the sugar that you’ll get from fruit isn’t linked to adverse effects like sugar found in sodas, processed foods and more.
JAMA Says Eat More Fruit
A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association says that everyone can do with a bit of fruit in their diet. There’ve been many recent observational studies that have shown that an increased fruit consumption not only helps stave off the pounds, but the sugar that comes from fruit isn’t processed by your body the same as the sugar from junk… but the source of the sugar does matter!
Fresh fruit is obviously the best, but isn’t feasible year round unless you have a greenhouse next to your solarium… and a solarium! Dried fruit can be just as great for you, as long as you skip the added sugar – followed by sweetened dry fruit. If you can’t get your fruits any other way, juice will do, but you’ll want to make sure you’re getting juice and not just sugar water.
Whole Foods Mindset
One thing they can’t seem to decipher about fruit is just how it works – as one nutritional scientist put it, “You can’t dump a can of Metamucil into a can of Coca-Cola and call it an apple.”
The biological effects of a food are shaped by everything from the water content, where it was grown, how much sunlight it got and more. The more intact a fruit is, the better the value it has for you. All the sugar in a fruit, like an apple for example, is held in the cells of the fruit. As your body breaks the fruit down it slowly releases the sugar into your bloodstream; it can take up to 4x as long for sugar from fruit to be processed than fruit from other sources.
One important point is that you don’t want to end up just eating one kind of fruit, according to the research study. A variety of fruits (both fresh and dried) throughout the year will give you the best results.
Juice Doesn’t Count
The research also shows that you shouldn’t depend too much on juice to get your fruits each day. Since fruit takes longer to digest, it triggers the satiety effect, making you feel fuller longer. You don’t get that when you eat fruits from juices. You also don’t get all the benefits of fiber – and most health experts say that this is pretty much the only reason to eat fruit at all.
So while low carb diets can help you lose weight, it’s important to make sure you’re getting fruit into your diet. Avoid sweetened dry fruit and juice and you’ll be fine.
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