Fruit: 4 truths and myths Fruit: 4 truths and myths

Fruit: 4 truths and myths

All natural 5 September, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Just because they are one of the healthiest foods, does not mean they should be consumed in excess. Here is what you need to know when including fruit in your diet.

1. “The more fruit, the better.”

False, the recommendation is to eat 2 cups of fruit a day.

8 strawberries = 1 cup

1 orange = 1 cup

2. “If you are diabetic, stay away from them.”

Not true. Choose fresh fruits together with a protein that can help reduce a spike in your insulin levels. Eat the following in moderation: grapes, pineapples, and bananas.

2. “Juice counts as fruit.”

They are not the same!

  • By eliminating the pulp of the fruit, beneficial nutrients are lost.
  • You’ll need to eat more fruits, which means more sugar and calories.
  • By mixing certain fruits together, this can lead to an excess amount of fructose.

3. “Should they be frozen, dehydrated or fresh?”

  • Frozen: this preserves their properties, sometimes even better than being in the open air.
  • Dehydrated: They lose water, but maintain their concentration of fructose, which is why it is better to eat them sparingly.

Sources: World Health Organization. American Diabetes Association. Choose My Plate.