They say, replace your junk with fruits. However, if you do so with little to no caution when it comes to the kind and quantity, it can also be as unhealthy as your favorite potato chips.
Which “fruits” should your kitchen often see?
- Dried fruits
Yes, you might have to decrease your dried mango intake or any kind of dried fruit for that matter. Why? Drying fruits mean removing almost all of its water content—the one responsible for making us feel full of fiber. Moreover, dried fruits are surely loaded with sugars aka the culprit of increased calories and high blood sugar level in the body.
- Artificial fruit juice
Artificial or cold-pressed juices were all the rage in our younger years. But it comes at a cost as these packed juices lack fiber, the content which makes blood sugar stable. Just like dried fruits, it also contains too much sugar.
- Canned fruit
While it is easier to munch canned fruits than fresh ones, nutrients don’t enter your body easily as well. Canned fruits are said to contain extra calories from the juice they’re submerged into.
Sadly, there’s not much to chew on melon as they are high in sugar and low in fiber – the nutrient we pretty much need from fruits.
According to Dr. Julia Zumpano, melons can leave you feeling hungry after a short period as it is too easy to digest. To counter this, she added, pair it with food rich in protein to balance the nutrients.
Grapes waterloo likens melon – a megadose of sugar. Dr. Jennifer Willoughby suggests to freeze them first so when it comes to snack time, its texture will make it longer to eat.
Still, organic and fresh fruits are the still the best choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snacks. With a bit of peeling and slicing, your fruits with the perfect nutrients are good to go!
Given these tips, watch your fruit intake and the items you put in your grocery cart. However, remember that too much of any fruit can spike on your sugar. With that, eat moderately and happy snacking!