Fruits - Nutritional Tips

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Fruits contain mainly sugars, fibers, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and many other constituents/phytochemicals that have varying influence within the human body.

 

Amount

Eat at least 2 servings of fruit daily. Eat at least 2 different fruits daily. Have at least 4 fruits on your weekly menu. Eating fruits 15 minutes before exercise/physical activity will give you an energy boost, and you will also be able to utilize the sugars from them during the activity.

 

Sugars

Fruit sugar is ‘fructose’. While Fructose is a monosaccharide it still does not raise blood sugars as quickly as disaccharides like sucrose (which have to be broken down in the intestines to release glucose and fructose). Fruit sugars have to be absorbed and then have to go to the liver to be converted into glucose before entering the blood and increasing sugar levels.

 

Fruit Juice

 

The only tree I know about that gives us something to drink is the Coconut tree. Fruit juice is a commercial product and many dollars in marketing and advertising has us believing that we need juice and that we need to give our children juice to drink. If we were meant to drink juice, fruit trees would have had taps where we could go with a jug and fill it up with the juice. Fruit trees have fruit and we need to eat them as fruit, not juice. Don’t even suck an orange. Peel it, peg it and eat it. The white fiber is great for the colon and has bioflavanoids that are good for the cardiovascular system.

How many apples would you eat at one sitting normally? Most people that I ask tell me one. However, many of us would easily drink a glass of apple juice, and validate the action by thinking and saying ‘it has no added sugar’. It takes 4 to 5 apples to make a glass of apple juice. Not only are you now consuming the sugar of 4 to 5 apples in one go, but because it is now in juice form and devoid of the fibers of the fruit the sugars are absorbed rapidly.

High blood sugars affect lipid (fat) metabolism (breakdown) and has been shown to promote cardiovascular disease. High blood sugars that are not utilized (by being burned as fuel) are converted into fat.

 

Aid Digestion

Eating a small amount of fruit after a main meal can assist digestion because of the live enzymes that fruits contain. Try eating a half of an orange or a small slice of paw paw, a quarter of an apple or a few grapes after your meal. If it makes your digestion worse then you probably have an overgrowth of the Helicobactor pylori virus in your stomach (they like sweet stuff.

 

Fruit Fiber

Fruits contain very good fiber that can be extremely beneficial to the bowel’s health. Fiber in the bowel acts as roughage within the bowel that helps to clear and prevent the build up of intestinal plaque and also helps to promote good bowel function.

The incidences of cancer and other chronic diseases are less among people who eat diets high in fruits and vegetables.