At the moment I am loving all the delicious fresh fruit and refreshing salads so I thought I'd write a blog about the benefits of it!
Fruits are a naturally occurring 'simple unrefined carbohydrate'. They contain fructose and glucose (sugar), vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, high levels of dietary fibre and are also relatively cheap and convenient!
Fibre comes in two forms, insoluble and soluble. Most fruits are in the form of insoluable non-starch polysaccharides (fibre). Fibre doesn't actually provide any energy for the body, but instead its role is to aid in transportation of food through the digestive tract.
Most of the vitamins found in fruits are Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin C. The first works to promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver and muscle mass as well as regulating metabolism, preventing fatigue and maintaining fertility. The latter supports the immune system, helps in the healing of wounds, aids tissue growth and repair as well as the formation of collagen and connective tissue, strengthens capillary walls and is a powerful antioxidant.
The energy in foods can't be released without certain vitamins and when it comes to carbohydrates, B vitamins are the most important as without them we couldn't utilise that energy!
The one thing to bare in mind when eating more fruit, especially if your goal is weight loss, is that it has a high sugar content, however, don't let this stop you increasing your fruit intake. There are some ways of reducing this by making different choices, for example, some research shows that green apples contain less sugar and more fibre than red apples. If you're currently eating a lot of 'refined simple carbohydrates', or processed foods, such as biscuits, cakes, confectionary and soft drinks, then a swap for fruit will be greatly beneficial as you'll now be getting all the vitamins and minerals that you wont get in the processed foods!
Extra: Keep in mind that when consuming processed foods that aren't nutrient-dense, we are taking on that energy without the vitamins to utilise the energy in them! This type of food is sometimes referred to as the 'anti-nutritent'.
I hope this has been informative and shown you the wonderful benefits of eating fresh, natural, fruit and vegetables! As always if you have any questions please comment below, and if you're interested in personal training then get in contact on the 'contact' page!