Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Does Fruit Make You Fat?

When dieting, or just trying to eat healthy many people try to stick to fruits and vegetables for their snacks. However, many of the fab diets don't allow you to eat fruit because of its glycemic load, or sugar. So what's the deal? Compared to many unhealthy alternative snacks, fruits are a great choice and fruits are the healthiest way to take in sugar, however you do need to understand that many fruits are in fact very high in sugar and if you are trying to lose weight, you may want to limit some of them. Fresh fruits are a great snack and are filled with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, so you don't want to just cut them out of your diet. It is recommended that the average adult takes in 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or according to the USDA take in 1.5-2 cups of fruit each day. So which fruits are best to give you the vitamins and nutrients and what's too much?? Here are a couple tips to remember when picking your snack:

Avoid dried fruit; The process of drying the fruit concentrates the sugar.
Avoid fruit juices, as most of the nutrients are lost in the processing, and often more sugar is even added .
Many people are realizing that the typical fruit juices for kids aren't the best choice for their children. Try to get your kids to drink more water, and if you do give them fruit juices, water it down first.
Try to avoid fruits high in sugar.

Dried Fruit

Check out the following list when choosing your fruit:

Fruits LOWEST in sugar:

Fruits with Low to Medium amounts of sugar:
-Honeydew Melon

Fruits HIGH in sugar:

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Does Fruit Make You Fat?

Christine Maale, Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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