Many diets these days encourage their clients to refrain from eating fruit. But why?
One of the main culprits of weight gain is sugar, which is why some diets encourage you to stay away from fruit. However, just because fruits contain (natural) sugars doesn’t mean it should necessarily be shoved into the same category as baked goods, candy, and soda. In fact, the incredible benefits that fruits provide surely out-weight the sugar content. Below are the reasons you should continue to eat fruit, even for a weight-loss regimen.
- Nutritional Value
Yes, fruits contain sugar. But they provide much more than just that. Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals. Take an orange for example- it contains ~9 grams of natural sugar, but more importantly it provides 3 grams of fiber, your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C, antioxidants, folic acid, and potassium. All of that for only 50 calories! However, a 20-ounce coke will cost you 225 calories, 60 grams of sugar, with NO vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants. Along with that, fruit is high in water. So not only is the fruit sugar less concentrated than most processed treats, but it also helps hydrate you.
- Provides Energy
Fruits contain simple sugars, which are easily digested in the body. This means that fruit is a great pre-workout snack because it quickly energizes your cells and therefore fuels your exercise. One study even showed that eating a banana before exercise increased the production of dopamine (a neurotransmitter that plays a large role in movement).
Keep in Mind…
- Eat the Rainbows! – Just like with vegetables, the good stuff is in the pigments
- Eat for the Season! – Eat fresh, local, in-season fruit as much as possible. Find your nearest farmers market (you can use https://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/to help).
- Eat Fruit According to your Activity Level! – On the days that you are training or just moving more in general, your body can handle fruit better. On days you find yourself doing less activity or a lot of sitting limit your fruit to 1 serving or none at all.
Fruits do provide much more than just sugar. They will improve your overall health, and as long as eaten in moderation, it will not hinder your weight-loss.
Written by Tayler M