A friend once said to me,
‘Lance, youre eating too much fruit for a diet plan. It’s not good. It’s full of sugar’.
I ignored him and kept eating loads of fruit on a daily basis!
If anyone tells you to stop incorporating fruits to your diet plan, stop listening to them.
It’s true that fruits can be high in calories but everything isn’t about the calories count.
Losing weight isn’t about counting calories. It’s more about consuming smart calories!
Fruit calories are not empty calories, like those from sweets and junk food. Fruit is packed full of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial goodness, so every calorie provides a benefit in return.
Here are 12 smart fruit groups to incorporate into your diet
Apples and pears:
Do you know that Apple and pears increases the metabolic rate and helps you stay full inbetween meals?
This is because they, along with other citrus fruits, contain pectin, which is a soluble dietary fibre. Pectin binds to cholesterol and glucose in the other food we eat, this slowing the release of glucose and also helping to remove cholesterol before it is absorbed into the body.
Eating fruit with every meal therefore helps not only with its own goodness, but also in reducing the bad effects of the other foods we eat at that meal.
Bananas are very high in carbohydrates, which provide energy. They are also high in potassium and other vitamins and minerals, and low in salt. They can help combat muscle cramps after a workout or night time leg cramps in bed.
Tip: try mixing a banana shake with milk and spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger, for a healthy and delicious drink. Non-dairy milk, such as almond or hazelnut, is a good alternative to cow’s milk for an even healthier shake.
Coconuts contain short and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). Most foods contain long chain fatty acids, which are the ones that cause the problems with cholesterol and fatty deposits in our body. It is therefore much healthier to consume these short and medium chain fatty acids in coconut than other sources of fat.
Coconut provides a great energy burst, boosts metabolism, fills your appetite as it is full of dietary fibre, and reduces your cravings for junk foods.
Tip: coconut oil can be added to all kinds of recipes in the place of other fats.
Great examples are strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and athocyanins that are great for boosting the immune system and giving an overall healthy glow.
Tip: try to eat at least a handful of mixed berries every day.
Beans are packed with protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are excellent food sources that are low in fat and high in energy.
Tip: Try replacing meat with beans for a great healthy alternative source of protein.
Capsaicin is the main active ingredient in chilli peppers. Studies have shown that it boosts metabolism to increase calorie burning, and also stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Tip: Try adding chillies to your meals, either fresh or powder, for an instant boost!
Yes they are actually a fruit not a veg. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene and Vitamin C, which are both excellent antioxidants, which help the body fight cell damage.
Tip: Cooked tomatoes are even better than fresh, as the lycopene is made more available to the body by processing it.
These are just a few of my favourite fruits. There are no BAD fruits. The most important point is to eat a wide variety, and eat them often.
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Lance Waring is a weight loss geek who loves to blog about weight loss and Herbs.