Is fruit your friend?
Fruit is nature’s fast food. Portable, delicious and packed with essential nutrients and vitamins that keep us healthy and energized. So why is fruit getting such a bad rep?
Sugar has been making headlines as the key culprit to obesity rates rising at unprecedented rates. Unfortunately, fruit – because it contains sugar – has been lumped in with foods like baked goods, sugary drinks and packaged foods.
Sugar is made up of two components: fructose and glucose. Neither type of sugar is better or worse for you, but the body processes them differently. Fructose breaks down in your liver and doesn’t provoke an insulin response. Glucose starts to break down in the stomach and needs the release of insulin into the bloodstream to be metabolized.
Fruit does contain sugar, but the body processes that sugar differently than it would if you ate a piece of chocolate cake.
Fruit does contain sugar, but the body processes that sugar differently than it would if you ate a piece of chocolate cake. Fruit is packed with water and fiber, antioxidants, energy-boosting nutrients and essential vitamins, all of which the body absorbs and uses for fuel. Chocolate cake, on the other hand, is essentially nutritionally void – empty calories.
Fruit’s superpower is its high fiber content. Fiber slows down glucose digestion, ensuring we don’t get a sudden insulin spike and unavoidable crash that candy causes. Because it takes longer to digest, the glucose in fruit can be stored as energy as opposed to fat.
Some fruits are lower in sugar than others. Your best bets are berries of any kind (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries), avocados, apples, peaches and oranges.