I don’t think there is a person who doesn’t like fruit.
It’s sweet, refreshing, versatile, and above all, it is super duper healthy for you!
Health Benefits of Fruit
Fruit contains soluble dietary fiber, which helps you feel full with only a few calories (how sweet is that?!).
This is due to the fiber warding off cholesterol and body fat during digestion.
Depending on the type of fruit you are eating, you can find nourishment from vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and plant derived micronutrients; consider fruit your multiple vitamin!
These health benefits not only help our bodies from diseases, oxidant stress, and cancers, but eating fruit helps our bodies fight against ailments by boosting our immunity level.
The anti-oxidants found in fruit, also helps the body prevent aging by protecting and rejuvenating cells, tissues and organs – makes you want to eat a whole platter huh? lol
It’s important to eat a variety of fruit to benefit from a full range of nutrients each fruit has to offer.
It’s great you are eating an apple as part of your breakfast, or a mid-day snack, but try making a fruit salad, or smoothie to reap the health benefits of a fruit combination.
According to the USDA, most adults should eat approximately 2 cups of fruit per day.
I personally think fruit consumption varies from person to person, pending body size, body type, and the level of physical activity.
Fruit Sugar Content
Yes fruit contains a lot of sugar, but these are natural sugars, which help optimize your health.
The difference between eating an orange and chowing down on a chocolate bar should be self-explanatory, but I’ll break it down for ya…
The chocolate bar is processed (bad), containing added fats and GM sugars (very very bad!).
The fiber content in fruit, helps slow down your digestion, thus aiding in your blood sugar level – something your chocolate bar cannot do, and in fact, that oh so good chocolate you eat makes your body work overtime to digest the processed ingredients.
Canned and Dried Fruit
Fruit should be consumed pure and whole.
But don’t let that statement stop you from eating dried mango, dehydrated apples, or any of your favorite dried fruit.
Just be sure to eat it in smaller portions, as dried fruit is a denser source of calories.
Canned fruit, as you probably guess it, consists of added sugar. Read the ingredients, to ensure there are no additives, but why opt out on eating something so fresh?!
Juicing and Fruit Juice
100% fruit juice is good for you … none of this frozen Minute Maid or Tang (really?!)
If you’re into juicing (or want to consider it), read my post on The 411 on Juicing, where you will learn about the health benefits simply by juicing fruit and veggies.
If you are not a juicer, but would like to include fruit juice as part of your daily fruit requirement, consider the fiber content important to your digestion and overall health as well.
“Rules” for Eating Fruit
I was surprised to learn there was a general guideline, or a set of “rules” to eating fruit.
To fully take in the health benefits of fruit, it is recommended that it be eaten on an empty stomach – suggested time is 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
What happens when you eat fruit too close to a meal (especially right after a large meal), or combine fruit with other foods, is that it will rot and ferment in your tummy (gross huh?).
I personally experienced fermented fruit that caused digestion issues, so if you ever had indigestion, heartburn, gas, or other digestive discomforts, you can more than likely blame the combination of mixing fruit with your food.
The best time to eat fruit is in the morning when you wake up, as discussed in My Kriya Cleansing Techniques under Lemon Water and What do I eat when I complete my Kriya Cleanse?
And definitely avoid eating fruit before going to bed, as the sugar will spike up your energy, and will keep you up.
When eating fruit on an empty stomach, you are avoiding digestive problems, you will feel energized, you will promote weight loss and look fantastic because you are allowing your body to absorb the many health benefits fruit has to offer.
Go on and get fruity!
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