“Eat” your fruits and “reap” the “benefits” too

Hi friends, I know I am coming on my blog after a good break.  Hope you all have started enjoying the summer and its tasty gift of new ripe and juicy fruits.

We all know that fruits are great for us and we should eat them daily. But, we are also surrounded by myths about certain fruits like “avoid bananas, chikoo, custard apple because of their fat content.” Whenever i ask my clients to have at least 1 banana daily especially in the morning, they give me a surprised look. “How can you as a dietitian ask me to eat banana? Won’t it make me fat?” or “Radhika, you know i am here for a weight loss, right!!!!!!!”

Yes, i know that majority of people coming to a dietitian are looking for “weight loss”. I would be really proud of our heath care system if we succeed to educate people on the importance of healthy eating for healthy living and gracious ageing rather than just mere weight loss “size zero” dream.

Coming back to the point, the most important thing that everyone should know is that “ALL FRUITS ARE GOOD.” No fruit is bad as long as it is eaten at the right time and in right quantity.

What do I mean by right time?

Fruits are best eaten on empty stomach to reap all of its benefits. So we should eat fruits first thing in the morning or when our liver store is empty i.e. usually after exercising. Several research show that when fruits are eaten at any other time or combined with any other foods, fructose, the sugar that we get from fruits, is converted into triglycerides (a type of fat that circulates in the blood – responsible for heart disease, insulin insensitivity and bigger fat cells).

Can I have as much fruits throughout the day as I want?

If you are not overweight and don’t have any issues with your blood sugar than by all means you can enjoy fruits without any concerns,as long as you are eating them as advised above. But, if over weight, diabetes or any other health condition that requires attention to your blood sugar is an issue than you definitely have to keep the quantity in mind and should not mindlessly eat the high sugar fruits. Consult your doctor and dietitian regarding your fruit intake if you have any of the mentioned health issues. The motto should be  ” know thyself”. Everyone’s body reacts differently to sugar. Some people are more sensitive to sugar than others(Jonny Bowden, 2007,pp 92).

So my friends, mango season is here. Have your mango guilt free and enjoy it too. Remember, just follow the above mentioned guidelines to reap the most benefits of your favourite fruits.

Keep yourself tuned to my blog to learn the benefits of different fruits.

 See ya next time. Until than, Happy eating 🙂

Love,

Radhika

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

Reference:

1.  Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rizwan on April 3, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Thanks radhi its truly a wonderful information to everyone. Being a club manager in fitness industry & being into fitness industry from 4 years i have seen many nutritionists so far but after seeing ur work i have to admit that u r a very professional nutritionist. And you love what u r doing which is very important to be successful in every field. Thanks for guiding once again. Have a wonderful & successful career.

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  2. Posted by Vinesh on April 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the very good advice.

    Reply

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