Many people who start eating a healthy diet to lose weight begin by cutting out simple carbohydrates and sugars. In general, this is a good thing – especially if the foods that are eliminated are heavily processed foods like pastries and breads.
Like almost everything in life, there is a risk of taking it too far. It’s not the presence of sugar that makes a diet unhealthy, but rather the amount of it in proportion to the other nutrients that you consume on a daily basis. If you took all of the sugar out your body, you would die. Cells and many important body functions depend on sugar to work properly. Sugar, for example, is the brain’s primary energy source.
Fruits contain a lot of sugar. Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables have been bred to be as sweet as possible to maximise sales. This has also negatively affected their nutritional content.
Even so, raw fruit and vegetables still contain a lot of the nutrients that we need. They are packed with antioxidants that keep us young and protect us from the harmful free radicals that are formed with every breath that we take. The vitamins and minerals are essential for physical recovery and prolonged eye, brain, muscle, heart, and liver function. The fiber keeps our digestive system stimulated and ensures that toxins are efficiently removed from our bodies.
In order to make sure that we get all of the precious nutrients that we need, we should be eating at least five servings of varied fruit and veg per day (preferably of different colors if you can). By avoiding the sugars from fruit, you are doing more harm than good. Your body needs these nutrients to change for the better and cleanse itself.
For those who are cutting out sugar, fruit consumption is a great way to make sure that the lifestyle changes you make aren’t too drastic for your body. The sugar from fruit is also a great way to get out of the usual midday slump that many of us experience.
Refined sugars are the enemy, not the sugars we were meant to enjoy.
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