For years I have heard people say that fruit is a healthy choice for fat loss, but in reality, it does more harm than good.
The morning TV commercial buffs?
All you have to do is listen to the commercials. They will tell you how much fruit you are allowed to eat for breakfast as long as you eat the whole fruit and a whole glass of juice. So what we need is a sensible weight loss plan and a healthy balanced diet. So what can I do for you?
Just understand how much fruit juice there is in fruit.
So, for example, I want you to eat 1 orange and ½ cup of strawberries to have the same nutritional value as 2 apples. So I am very realistic here – if you are a big person – you will get most of your nutritional requirements from vegetables (remember they provide vitamins, minerals, etc). And you can still “get” the other benefits of fruit – fiber, anti-oxidants, complex carbohydrates – but you will miss out on many of the “calories in” items that fruit contains as you will only get a zero-calorie “double-tuna” in one mouthful.
Just on a side note, those “2 apples” will almost certainly be higher in sugars than you would get in 1 orange and ½ cup of strawberries, so I would not recommend that as a good alternate. Fruit juices can be very healthy, as long as you check labels and select 100% fruit juice which is not just grapes but oranges as well as strawberries.
Just think for a moment about 3 years ahead. A new health drink comes on the market promising to lose fat only as long as you only drink 100% fruit juice (and it has no other added ingredients like a fiber etc).
- Will you be able to digest this “new health drink” uncooked and unprocessed?
- Can you go back to drinking orange and ½ cup of strawberries again?
- What about putting fruit into just 1 equation full of sugars and carbohydrates?
I am still very much in favor of natural foods, and I have struggled with adding these ingredients to my diet for years.
So what has worked for you?
Hang on to a string of positive testimonials, positive reviews that do not simply grumble away under the carpet. A recent finding of the British Food Journal proves that low-fat dairy products are great for getting fat-free even though we tend to only eat minuscule quantities.
- Just a thought here – should we forget about independent label reading, or do we?
- Is the recommendation of the latest findings of the British Food Journal also being used by the manufacturers and marketing down the up escalator?
- How much of our food is made from ingredients that do not necessarily benefit our health?
We are being continually informed of the dangers of certain ingredients, while food producers continue to use them on mass production to make up for the flavor lost. Chemicals that weren’t considered seriously when they were discovered have been finding new uses.
A little secret to which manufacturers intentionally add chemicals to try and compensate for taste lost or without regard to their chemical content: you wouldn’t receive a prescription for blood pressure ‘ medication’ under the name of ‘availability but demand for drugs’. That seems a little overboard. An example in food production is salt, which is used extensively in the production of not only edible foods but in toilet preparations (for that matter). The use of 30 grams of sugar in a wafer sharpener is only 190 kcal, and that requires a 25-minute walk.
How about that freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast I think it contains a ‘healthy’ amount of vitamin C? To have anything to do with vitamin C other than as a vitamin C supplement is not a very clever business. The very act of extracting the juice from an orange and pouring it into your breakfast cereal shows that fundamental flaw.
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