Always Eat Your Fruit And Vegetables?

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As children, we were constantly reminded that we needed to eat our fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and grow big and strong! Well, when we were children, we didn’t fully understand why it was important to do so – a good spanking from mom or the risk of not getting dessert was reason enough. Now that you’re all grown up, do you know which fruits are actually good for you? Do you know why they’re good for you or what they do for you?

SUGAR

Too much of a good thing is never good…so, what’s the deal with all the natural sugars in fruit? Yes, they do have a lot of sugar in them, BUT this would only be a problem if a) you are at risk for diabetes or other ailments and diseases that cause a negative reaction to sugar or b) you eat literally nothing but fruit. Most people who are eating fruit for the nutritional value are also aware that the key to eating healthful foods is to eat a VARIETY of healthful foods. Obviously, too much fruit can be damaging in the long-run, but in variety and balanced with other beneficial foods, the benefits will outweigh the consequences. That being said, if you are still conscious of the sugar content, here’s a breakdown of the fruits highest/lowest in sugar.

Fruits HIGH in sugar:

Tangerines

Cherries

Grapes

Bananas

Pomegranates

Mangos

Most dried fruits

Fruits LOWEST in sugar:

Lemon/Lime

Rhubarb

Raspberries

Blackberries

Cranberries

Papaya

Watermelon

FIBER

While some nutritional benefits tend to cause discrepancy and controversy, there has never been any doubt that fiber in your diet is very beneficial. It can help with a range of things from constipation to lowering cholesterol. That being said, here’s a list of fruits highest in fiber and those that you may have thought to have fiber, but don’t have enough to be beneficial.

Fruits HIGHEST in fiber:

Raspberries

Pears (with skin!)

Apples (with skin!)

Strawberries

Bananas

Raisins

Oranges

Fruits LOWEST in fiber:

Canteloupe

Peaches

Grapefruit

Pineapple

Plums

Nectarines

ANTIOXIDANTS

You’ll see everywhere these days labels that promise you that the product is bursting with antioxidants that will surely solve all your health problems if you just keep buying this product and getting all the antioxidants you could ever need! Basically, what an antioxidant does is it helps to neutralize molecules in your body that cause illness and disease. Your body goes through oxidation the same way a car does when it gets rusty – so antioxidants are definitely something you want to be ingesting! That being said, there is no way to completely eliminate the oxidation process in your body no matter how many antioxidants you take in, so the secret is control! Also, fruits and vegetables are not the only source of antioxidants around! There are antioxidants in water, dark chocolate, even red wine! BUT all of those are in STRICT moderation – don’t go eating pounds of chocolate to get more antioxdants.

Fruits HIGHEST in antioxidants:

Cranberries

Pomegranates

Blueberries

Blackberries

Kiwi

Guava

Grapefruit

Pineapple

Fruits LOWEST in antioxidants:

Watermelon

Tangerine

Strawberries

Raspberries

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