Fruit found in our supermarkets, and greengrocer is a far cry from nature’s qualities. Try to eat as much organic food as possible. If I am unable to buy fresh, organic food, I like to wash them all in cold water with white vinegar added. Experts and myself as a health copywriter suggest this may help remove some chemical residue. Eat food when in season.
Nutritional Benefits Of Fruit
Their high water content means they are a great body cleanser. Most fruit contains high amounts of vitamin A, C and some B’s. Minerals found in fruit varies according to the quality of the soil grown. Fruits are low in fats and high in dietary fibre. Most fruits are alkaline. To help digest acidic fruits try eating acidic fruits alone, in between meals, or combined with plain (acidophilus/bifidus) yoghurt. Bananas are a starchy carbohydrate and mix fairly well with cereals or porridge.
Phytochemical Powers Of Fruit
Fresh fruit contains significant amounts of phytochemicals. The thicker the colour of the fruits, the higher concentration of phytochemicals.
Lemon juice added to warm/hot water, drunk on rising. It flushes the body of metabolic wastes and support liver and colon functions more efficiently
Oranges, when picked green, may cause arthritic-like pains in joints and make arthritic sufferers worse.
Other Phytochemical Found In Fruit
Carotenoids – in yellow, orange & red fruits
Lycopene - cooked tomatoes
Ellagic acid - strawberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
Phenols - berries, tomatoes, most fruits
Quercetin - pith of citrus fruits, cherries, apricots, grapes, blackberries, papayas & black currants
Pectin - apples, grapefruit pulp
Catechins (bioflavonoids) - berries
Lignin's - berries
Monoterpenes - most fruits, mainly citrus
Resveratrol - dark red grape juice
Terpenes - citrus fruits
A survey in the UK confirms that having 7 or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day is associated with a 42% reduced risk of death. Eat five or more servings of vegetables daily. Only two serves of fruit. One of our key indicators is the antioxidant power. The antioxidant power of food is measured with an ORAC rating. ORAC is the oxygen radical absorption capacity. Choosing foods with a high ORAC seems to make all the difference to our health. Patrick Holford, suggests you want to eat about 10,000 ORAC's per day to produce significant benefits to your health.
Nutritional Disadvantages Of Fruit
Excess fruit may contribute to several health conditions we see today, including blood sugar imbalances, candida, bloating, flatulence, and other digestive problems. The sugar found in fruit is called fructose. Fructose metabolised by the liver and can't be used for energy by our cells. There are many controversies about whether fructose is bad for you. We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, but different sugars may have different health effects.
I Quit Sugar Program
The increasingly popular I Quit Sugar program does allow you to eat fruit, but only fruits low in fructose. Fruits which contain high amounts of fructose, which you may want to limit include watermelon, grapes, bananas and mangoes. Fruits which contain low amounts of fructose, which we may like to enjoy more of include blueberries, grapefruit, lemons, limes, kiwifruit, honeydew melon, pear and coconut. Have you tried a ketogenic diet?