Almost everyone recommends fruits when talking about healthy diets. Everyone knows that fruits are extremely healthy and many a time very easy to eat. People call them nature’s fast food because of how easy they are to carry and consume. It is a fact that fruits contain high levels of sugar compared to other whole foods and we know that too much sugar is a very bad thing. So does that mean fruits are bad for health? Let’s find out.
We know that excessive intake of sugar is a recipe for bad health. A lot of sugar types including table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup are harmful because of the negative metabolic effects of fructose when it is consumed in large quantities. So eating fruits which also contain sugars must be bad, right? No. It is almost impossible to eat so much fruit that the sugar in them starts to have negative impacts on your health.
Apart from sugars, fruits contain large amounts of fibre, water and have big chewing resistance. What this means is that it takes a while to eat and digest fruits like apples which has 23 grams of sugar. But since the digestion is slow, the fructose hits the liver much slower at a more manageable pace. Compared to a bottle of Coke which has over 50 grams of sugar and no nutritional value, an apple seems much more appealing from a health point of view. Another advantage fruits have over soda is that they are extremely filling compared to the latter which has incredibly low satiety. The incredible pace and intensity that fructose hits the liver when drinking a soda can cause serious health problems later on. But when it hits slowly like in the case of eating an apple, the body is well-equipped to digest the fruit with no harm done to the liver or the body as a whole.
We know that fruits are rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins. All of these are incredibly beneficial to the health of a person. For example, fibre has a lot of health benefits like reducing the risk of cholesterol, slowing down the absorption of carbs, and increasing satiety. There are studies that show that fibre is also helpful in losing weight.
It is should be noted fruit is a general term that can describe thousands of different fruits and to get the complete benefits of eating fruits, the ones that are rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins should be chosen. Since different fruits contain different nutrients, include a variety of fruits in your diet.
At this point, it should be obvious that fruits are good for you and it is a misconception that the sugars in the fruits are actually degrading your health.