You know I’ll be the first to admit that I’m stubborn. I’m sure you all know that I’m a huge fan of the Paleo diet and try to incorporate it into my nutrition regimen. You probably also know that I’m not a huge fan of fruit for those looking to lose weight because regardless of whether it’s natural or not – it’s still sugar.
But I’ve also realized that some people really enjoy fruit and perhaps don’t share my views. And that’s okay – because today’s tip is just for you!
It’s ultra simple – EAT fruit – DON’T drink it!
I know many of you just love to have that big glass of orange or apple juice in the morning. Am I right? Take a look down the juice aisle in your market – there’s a wide variety of assorted juices and blends of fruits. But have you ever seen the calorie content on these drinks? In honesty they’re the equivalent of a can of real soda! Sure soda has junk sugar in it, but people – SUGAR IS SUGAR.
Let me ask you this. Would you get up and eat 2 or 3 apples or oranges? I’m guessing not, yet a glass (8 oz.) of OJ or apple juice can has nearly 130 calories and almost 30 grams of sugar. And let me ask you this – who drinks an 8-ounce serving? In case you don’t know what 8 ounces looks like, it’s the equivalent of 2/3 a can of soda. It’s really not much at all and I’m guessing more people drink between 12 – 16 ounces. So do the math and you’ll see for that glass of morning juice you’re slamming over 200 calories of sugar!
I can hear the purists already arguing that juice is great for kids and that it has nutritional value. Well I disagree. Of course fruit has vitamins, minerals and a whole host of health benefits, but that doesn’t mean you should drink 3 – 4 times what you’d ever eat. If you think giving your kids fruit juice is a great choice I’d disagree and say a much better option is to EAT THE FRUIT.
When you eat the fruit you’ll obviously take in less calories, but there are other benefits. You’ll be eating the skin, which is a great source of fiber and nutrients with some fruit. You’ll feel fuller and more satisfied because you had to chew the food instead of drink it. I mean who doesn’t like to bite into a sweet delicious apple? And lastly and more importantly, you’ll have more stable energy levels because your body will have to work to break the food down instead of the huge insulin and sugar crash that will accompany drinking juice. When you drink juice it’s like part of the digestive process is removed and you’re literally drinking liquid sugar. It causes a rapid rise in blood sugar which results in a subsequent energy crash – the same as with ingesting any food high in sugar.
So, if you want to include fruit in your diet then great. But I challenge you to eat it instead of drinking it! Do you accept the challenge?
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