FRUIT: Sugared or Un-sugared?
Updated: Jan 14
Wait a minute. Don’t all fruits have sugar in them, like apples, cherries, peaches, oranges, watermelons and grapes? Well, not really.
Let’s start with the basics. There are fruits and there are vegetables. Vegetables are non-seeded edible plants. A few examples are celery, broccoli, kale, onions, carrots. But fruits as we know them involve a little more. In fact, fruits are really ovaries with seeds in them. Yes, the ovaries taste delicious. And in the natural world, after you have fully digested the fruit, you end up depositing the seeds somewhere away from the mother plant. You are actually a vessel for transportation of its next generation.
So how does the fruit get you to eat it? Either with a sugary taste and an energy pop, or the promise of high nutrition. The sweet fruits are delicious, and entice you with snappy colors and shapes. But they also have fructose in them, the sweetest of the sugars. Sure, it causes less of an insulin spike than sucrose and other processed sugars. But while some sugared fruits do have good nutritive values, fructose by itself offers little. And excess sugar, no matter where it originates from, can cause wrinkles, age spots and inflammation.
Non-sugared fruits on the other hand deliver many high-value nutritional benefits, from vitamins and minerals, amino acids and trace elements to important enzymes … and huge amounts of fiber and other gut-friendly ingredients. And what are these un-sugared fruits? Avocado, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, squash and eggplant are just a few.
So along with plenty of vegetables, go for un-sugared fruit as much as possible, and enjoy the extra health benefits. And when you just can’t stand it anymore and want a delicious, naturally sweet treat that’s made from some of the most nutritious ingredients and superfoods available, just dig into a container of MUD dairy free ice cream sweetened only with dates.
The above information is for educational purposes only, and gathered from a variety of different sources. It should not be construed as medical advice, or as an endorsement of any particular product. Your healthcare provider is your best source for medical and nutritional direction, and should be consulted on any health decision you make.
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