Are you eating your fruits daily?
Fruits are high in nutrients and relatively low in calories, making them a great choice for those looking to lose weight.
What’s more, they are high in water and fiber, which help you feel full.
Because of this, you can typically eat fruit until you’re satisfied, without consuming a lot of calories.
In other words, avoid drinking a lot of fruit juice and enjoy whole fruits instead.
We’re so busy that we often find it difficult to consume all the fruits and vegetables we need on a daily basis. Juicing is the latest trend where you simply blend your favourite fruit and vegetables and enjoy a glass of pure nutrients.
Fresh fruits are loaded with fibre, antioxidants and other great nutrients. And studies show that eating fruit whole gives you the most of this food group’s potential benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
Eating vs. juicing
While drinking smoothies can be convenient and healthy, they are, however, often loaded with added sugar, and you might lose some of the fibre during the blending. It’s also easy to drink a lot more calories than you’d get in one or even two pieces of whole fruit.
Another added benefit of eating fruits – and non-starchy vegetables – daily is that it decreases the risk for excessive weight gain according to a Health24 article.
Research published in the British journal BMJ suggests that eating certain whole fruits in particular may significantly lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Since type 2 diabetes is epidemic in the United States, finding ways to prevent it is critical to continued good health.
SUMMARY: Eating whole fruit may help you consume fewer calories and lose weight over time. However, drinking fruit juice may have the opposite effect.
Source: Healthline & Health24
Date: 26 Aug 2018