You’re trying to lose weight so you grab a few pieces of fruit, only to find the scales still aren’t going the right way. Does this sound familiar? Fruit is a really confusing thing as we know fruit is good for us – right?
Yes, it is great for us as it contains fibre and water to keep us fuller for longer and make sure we poop regularly! And it’s an easy snack option if your busy and on the run.
But how much should you be eating? Like everything, in moderation (boring I know) is the key. It is recommended as part of a healthy diet to have 2 serves per day. What a lot of people don’t realize is that this is not 2 pieces like a lot of us are led to believe. Each serve is 150g so 1 medium orange, 2 kiwi fruit, 1 pear etc.
But what about the sugar you say? Like most things in life, not all fruit is made equal! Some fruits are high in sugar which is bad even though its natural sugar. The natural sugar still increases your blood sugar levels which is not good. These include the old summer favourites like watermelon, pineapple, grapes.
Fruits that are good for us include cherries, apples, oranges, strawberries, pears. Theese keep us fuller for longer and avoid the sugar spike.
Did you know overeating fruit can lead to massive weight gain?
And just to be even more of a party pooper definitely avoid dried fruit (as its not even real fruit anymore) and juices, as once the juice is pressed it losses a lot of the nutrition … and not only that in order to get a cup of orange juice you need about 6 oranges which is definitely more than 2 serves a day.
So if you want to lose a few kilos this summer stick to the above … oh and a little watermelon on a hot summer day won’t kill you – ENJOY!