Fruit is one of my favourite food groups. I enjoy, for example, the combination of red strawberries and blueberries as part of my breakfast. Watermelon quenches my thirst on those hot summer days. A sweet orange is perfect after exercising. And my favourite treat is a sweet, ripened mango bursting with flavour.
After my morning exercise, I drink my glass of water; then a little later my fruit smoothie. I break my fast in the morning with a large bowl of fruit. Depending on what I have in the fridge, I will cut up a colourful medley that will be my breakfast. This morning it consisted of two navel oranges, an apple and some red grapes. Delicious! Not only do I receive nutrients when eating my bowl but my meal also helps towards rehydrating me and helping me achieve those 8 glasses of water it is recommended I drink. Fruit contains 80% water and, because it is salt-free, does not make me thirsty.
It upsets me when I read of people lumping nutritious fruit with the refined sugary foods that are created in bakeries and factories. The nutritional value of a piece of raw, uncooked fruit unadulterated with sugar, cream and yoghurt is not the same as the sweetened muffin one eats with a cup of coffee. The type of sugar found in fruit is fructose which is a slow releasing sugar that has little effect on the body’s insulin. In addition, the fibre found in the fruit slows down the release of sugar from the fruit into the body even more. And the fibre in the fruit has another benefit: it can help with constipation, diahorria, or abdominal cramping.
In addition, fruit is great as a snack – and it is one you do not need to prepare. All you need to do is wash the apple, or peel the banana, and bite into the nutritious flesh. With no added utensils. The perfect snack for those on the go!
Are you a fruit eater? What is your take on fruit-eating?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012