Fruits and vegetables are so important in our diet that most well known weight loss and healthy lifestyle plans, like Weight Watchers, let you eat as much as you want throughout your day. For those of you who like to eat, this is brilliant. Fruit as dessert is a personal favorite!
Dr. Mike Moreno, a weight loss dietitian, warns us however that “too much of a good thing can sabotage your diet”, and not all fruit is created equal. While bananas are great for things like potassium, they are also loaded with sugar and carbs. It was interesting to learn that if you eat too much sugar from one source, it can trick your body to converting that sugar into that thigh-sticking fat. If you’re battling the belly bulge, then a banana is not the best go-to fruit for you.
Which fruits are lower in sugar?
Remember how our Mom’s always told us that “An apple a day will keep the Doctor away?” Well, she might have been on to something. Apples are on the lower sugar list, and are a convenient snack to pack away in your purse or bag.
If you’re a fan of juicing, a couple of your favorite blending items are on the low carb, low sugar list (Yahoo!) You may happily consume peaches, and every single kind of berry. The extra bonus to peaches and berries is that the freezer section at the market is always in season.
If you enjoy citrus, then go for an orange or grapefruit (be aware that some medications warn you of mixing with grapefruit). Other fruits that made the list are pears, plums, and prunes. And let’s not forget one of my fav go-to snackable goodies, a handful of red grapes.
Which fruits are higher in sugar?
Unfortunately that “side of fruit” you order in a restaurant is probably on this list. Yummy fruits like honeydew, cantaloupes, and watermelon are higher in sugar, as is pineapple. Think about what makes them so yummy – the sweetness, of course!
Make it sparkle with cinnamon!
A fun topper for your fruit: cinnamon! Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and by using it as a fruit topper, it will help metabolize the sugar you’re consuming. This super spice also does so much more (like supports digestive functions and lowers lousy cholesterol), so have fun mixing it in!
To really help your body fight fat, dietitians recommend eating only 2 low-sugar servings of fruit a day, preferably before 2 pm. If you don’t burn off all the carbs you consume during the day, then your body can store those extra carbohydrates as fat. Remember, carbs are what gives our bodies energy, so make sure you eat your 2 healthy servings of fruit!