Why do you need fruits?

The title of this article sounds like it was suggested by a toddler. Granted, they do not know the benefits of fruits, the harms of not consuming them and the affordable alternative they represent to many pockets. Some children might prefer processed foods from fast food joints like McDonald’s. Who can blame them? They don’t know better, luckily, you do, and if you don’t, you will. One of the best things about fruit is that they are quick, natural and tasty snacks. They contain vitamins, nutrients and natural sugar as well as energy which are key parts of a very good diet. Something to bear in mind is that fruit is best consumed in the morning because you will have more energy during the day as well as a better chance to burn those calories even without exercising, simply by walking to your office or doing something more active than sitting behind a desk or on a couch all day, you will burn calories, something that’s easy to track these days with a $10 dollar fit band. Consuming fruit by night is not very recommended simply because you don’t need much energy at night and you definitely won’t burn as many calories while asleep.

In fact, most physicians and nutritionists recommend at least 20-30 minutes of physical activity at least 3-4 times per week. Something like walking easily qualifies as physical activity, especially for older people who are unable to engage in more demanding training regimens. Having said that, fruit also helps reducing the risk of disease. This happens of course over long term consumption. Eating fruit is part of a healthy lifestyle which must be accompanied by a balanced diet, exercise and enough sleep (at least 8 hours a day). One of the best ways to consume fruit is between meals, like snacks. Think about each meal you consume and evaluate the stage in which you feel satisfied (not full) but satisfied. It could be argued that your body needs roughly half the portion served to you at either restaurants or at home while the rest qualifies as unnecessary calories. If you cut your meal portions (by sharing with someone or taking a doggy bag home) and mix that by eating fruit a few hours later, you could speed up your metabolism and digestive process causing your entire body to work more efficiently, retain less liquid, defecate more often and maintain essential nutrients in your body.

 

A healthy lifestyle (in which fruit must play a predominant role) cannot be completed without drinking enough water. Most experts suggest 8 glasses or 3 liters per day which is more than enough especially if intake is constant as opposed to once. You need water all day, every day. Especially if you live in warm weather countries (very common in Latin America). Water is essential in order to remain hydrated, prevent kidney stones and aid the digestive process as well. If you are working out, water consumption is even more important because you are burning through body fluids and calories at a very fast pace. Without water, exercising loses some impact because you will become more easily tired and thus less effective in your routine especially if you are doing cardio which is great for weight loss and blood flow enhancement. Fruit is of course a word that describes a very broad range of types, flavors, components and benefits. For example, you have citrus fruits such as orange and lemon; melons like rock melon and watermelon; berries; tropical like banana and mango etc. The point of these group fruits is to separate them into specific categories in order to better understand them and reap their rewards. For example, orange is very rich in vitamin C whereas banana is rich in potassium. The point being you should not eat only from a specific fruit category or a unique kind of fruit but instead opt for the popular ‘’fruit basket’’ which mixes fruit from all categories but emphasizes on the quality of nutrients, variety of vitamins and other particular characteristics such as sugar milligrams per serving or calorie count. There is such a thing as too much fruit. You can’t just assume that eating only fruit at all times makes you thin instantly or fit in a few months. You need to use the basket mentality (not just for fruits, but for all foods) and also bear in mind the portions concept which is rarely discussed but essential towards a healthy diet.

Let’s dig into the economics behind a healthy lifestyle. It is obviously much more tedious and perhaps are little more expensive (short term) to purchase fruit, snacks, organic foods, water and other supplements, however, the combination of those factors along with regular exercise implies a longer and healthier life. The alternative is for you to pick the convenient and easier path, which means carrying out a sedentary lifestyle, purchasing and consuming processed foods, not drinking enough water, binge drinking (alcohol), smoking, not exercising and not eating fruits and vegetables! Mark these words, your parents are not mistaken when they say ‘’eat your greens baby’’. Adulthood without having developed healthy habits can cause several chronic diseases from weak bones, to weak immune systems, heart conditions, exhaustion and others. Fruit doesn’t have to break your bank. Sure, if you go to your local wholesale store, an apple may very well cost more than $1 dollar but if you make a list and go to a farmer’s market or a fruit truck, the per-unit cost will be much lower. Also, if there is a kind of fruit you really like, you could make your own garden and plant those fruit trees. If that’s not an option, try purchasing them in bulk but beware of storage conditions and try to prevent them from going rancid. The alternative is paying (gradually but painfully) for medication and health care for diseases that were preventable or avoided altogether through a healthier lifestyle. Always remember that fruit can be used in shakes, snacks, meals, appetizers, dessert and even lunchbox delicacies for your children, yourself or your spouse. Their uses and benefits are truly endless.

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