Fruit can be extremely healthy and an important part of children’s and adults
diets. Over consumption however is not healthy, especially if it is the type of
fruit that needs copious amounts of pesticides to successfully grow, like
inorganic strawberries. Strawberries soak up pesticides like a sponge,
these can cause a build up in the body of extremely
health hazardous toxins. Which is a shame,
because Strawberries are a truly wonderful
source of healthynutrients. All fruits if not organic
are subject to pesticide use, this not only adds to
health problems but there is an environmental cost.
The delicate balance of life is destroyed in areas where
toxic pesticides are used. This does of course affect non
organic vegetables too.
Fructose – the sugar in fruits. You know when a pack of something says:
‘No added Sugar’, and then you read in the ingredients ‘concentrated
grape or other fruit juice’, – this IS added sugar! and I honestly do
not know how manufacturers (even of so called healthy products)
get away with it. Fructose is not as immediately digested as sucrose
(table sugar), but it is still a sugar, it can still cause an insulin response
even if it is slower. It is metabolised in the liver, where it has been proven
that consumed in large amounts it has similar effects on liver damage
as alcohol! Eating one orange is what nature intended not 10 or 20
squeezed into a bottle and, the same with apples and all other juices.
Eating a lot of fruit can also cause digestive problems. If you have
(as many people do due to over use of antibiotics, and poor dietary habits)
an imbalance in the microbiology of the gut excess sugar can exacerbate
this problem, especially in Candida overgrowth.
Eating fruit on top of a meal can hinder the digestive process, as the body
must deal with the fruit sugars first, and the rest of the undigested food
waits, this can cause fermentation, indigestion and sluggish intestinal
movement, or can cause lose stools if the gut is sensitive.
Fruit can be healthy – eaten first thing in the morning or during the day
on an empty stomach with something neutral like seeds or nuts –
which helps slow the digestions of the fruit sugars- so creating
sustained energy release.
Less sweet or more bitter fruit is recommended:
- Bitter apples
- Hard pears
- Nothing overripe.
This tends to be very high in sugar, and many manufacturers add even more sugar and fats – check the label. There is a place for dried fruit when you are looking for a nutrient dense food that can help sustain you during exercise, long walks or long lecture and exams.
Organic is always best as you will not have concentrated pesticides,
but still check for added sugar.
Dried fruits can be a great source of nutrients, for example:
Organic dried prunes are high in iron and other vital minerals along with
Vitamin C and B Vitamins, a Boston University carried out tests that showed
prunes score the highest of all foods n the ORAC scale: (Oxygen Radical
Absorbency Capacity) meaning antioxidant scale. Prunes are well worth
adding to your diet. Can eat as a treat with a cup of tea,
add to cakes or porridge.