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WHAT ABOUT ALL THE SUGAR IN FRUITS ?

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Happy Monday Everyone 🙂

Let´s talk about the sugar in fruits today as I know many of you are worried about gaining weight from eating too much fruit. I also shared a detailed blog post about The Fruit Sugar Issue a couple of months ago which I linked right here  🙂

Here are 6 reasons to incorporate more juicy fruits into your daily diet

HYDRATION 

If you asked me what would be the one habit everyone should adopt, I would say have fruits for breakfast! 🙂 Fruits contain between 60-90% water!! Eating more water-rich fruits will keep your digestive system happy, prevent you from getting a headache and simply put you in a good mood. 🙂 Aim to eat the most water-rich fruits in the morning. 🙂

Fruits with the highest water content

  1. Watermelon (92%)
  2. Strawberries (92%)
  3. Grapefruits (91%)
  4. Cantaloupe (90%)
  5. Pineapple (87%)
  6. Blueberries (95%)

EASY TO DIGEST 

Fruits only take 20-30 minutes to digest which means your body has more energy to cleanse itself and to properly absorb nutrients. You are not feeling tired and sluggish like it´s often the case after eating high-fat foods. Eating fruits gives your body the most energy, a clear mind, glowing skin and controls your weight as it doesn’t spike your insulin level. 🙂

FIBRE

What exactly is fibre? Fibre is what makes fruits high in volume and low in calories. The fibre in fruits fills you up and works like a sponge which gently cleanses your digestive system. That´s why green smoothies are so much more filling and healthier than green juices which don’t contain any more fibre. The water in fruits hydrates your cells and helps your body to flush out toxins.  The fibre makes sure it gets out of your system. 🙂

Fruits with the highest fibre content

  1. Dates (6,7g)
  2. Raspberries (5,2g)
  3. Bananas (4,2g)
  4. Pears (3,7g)
  5. Apples (2,9g)
  6. Figs (2,9)

ENERGY 

Every single cell in our body runs on glucose which is the sugar found in healthy carbs like fruits & potatoes. Everyone who has ever been on a low carb diet probably knows what it feels like to have zero energy! That’s why low carb diets don’t work a long time and leave you with cravings. If you are running low on glucose, your body has to convert fats and proteins into glucose (= energy) which is way more work than digesting healthy sugar from fruits.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Did you know that the colours of fruits are the antioxidants? 🙂 That being said, always aim for the colour richest fruits. 🙂 Fruits are whole foods and naturally come with a perfect ratio of fibre, protein (Yes!), carbs, antioxidants and vitamins. The more antioxidants you eat, the easier it is for your body to fight inflammations and free radicals. 🙂

Fruits with the highest antioxidants

  1. Blueberries
  2. Raspberries
  3. Strawberries
  4. Kiwis
  5. Papaya
  6. Grapefruit

CONVENIENCE

I believe that eating healthy should be as easy as possible. 🙂 Fruits are the most convenient food to eat on the go and make the perfect snack for a busy day at work/school. You can buy fruits almost everywhere, just need to give them a quick rinse and they are ready to eat. Doesn’t get easier than that. 🙂

I hope this blog post inspired you to incorporate more fresh fruits into your diet 🙂

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments. 🙂

xx Caroline

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