Fruit Can be Part of a Healthy Weight Loss Plan


If you have been on any type of a weight loss plan you well know the frustration when it comes to what you should eat and how much.  One of the most recent trends in the dieting arena is shunning fruits from your diet. Fruit is high in the simple sugar fructose, which some weight-loss diets discourage eating during the first few weeks, due to its ability to raise blood sugar levels. Fructose, unlike glucose is only processed by the liver so there is a higher likelihood that it may store the excess fructose as fat if there is ample energy already available. Although that may be true, the impact it may have on your waistline is blown out of proportion. Sugary and starchy processed snacks (pretzels, crackers, cookies) may be more the culprit so focus instead on fiber rich berries, kiwis, small apples with their skin, peaches and plums.  A joint study by U.S. and U.K. researchers concluded that an apple a day or a half cup of anti-oxidant rich blueberries could help maintain weight or even possibly lead to a loss of one or two pounds. Over time, this can have significant health benefits by helping prevent age-related weight gain.
The take away here is eat in  moderation, and fruit is no exception. You really can’t “eat as much as you want” of any food since calories do count. 

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