Fruits

Health professionals and nutritional experts recommend choosing vegetables and fruits as the cornerstone of a “Nutritional Lifestyle”. The reason for these recommendations is the compelling scientific studies which show the incredible benefits from including vegetable and fruits as part of a Nutritional Lifestyle.

Fruits are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. They are full of antioxidants and are low in calories and fat content. They are rich in nutrients and provide some of the essential minerals and vitamins necessary to maintain a healthy body.

The Nutritional Lifestyle message is to eat 3 to 4 servings of different colored fruits each day to be certain to reap the nutritional benefits of the varied phytonutrient pigments as well as their rich concentration of vitamins and nutrients. Almost everyone can benefit from eating fruit, but variety is as important as quantity. No single fruit provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy.

Fruits are Essential Daily

Fruits should be eaten daily because they provide our bodies with water-soluble vitamins. Fruits (along with vegetables) provide more of these critical nutrients that any other food. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin A, D, and E) which our bodies can store for future use, the water soluble vitamins (vitamin C and the B vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and folic acid) are needed everyday for our bodies to function optimally since they either can’t be stored or can only be stored in small amounts.

Fruits are also rich in health-promoting phytonutrients (plant nutrients), such as carotenoids, flavonoids and other organic acids which act as powerful antioxidants. Without fruits we deprive our bodies of great sources of important nutrients essential to proper physiological functioning.

Fruits also Help to Control Weight and Keep Us Energized

Diets high in vegetables and fruits meet vitamin, mineral and fiber needs without adding a lot of calories. Most vegetables and fruits are rich in nutrients, low in calories and high in fiber.

Enjoying fruit when we have a desire for a sweet helps us to stay slim. Fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and cantaloupe contain only 70 – 100 calories per one cup serving. This means that they can provide us with the most vitamins, minerals and newly discovered phytonutrients for the least number of calories.

Vegetables, Fruits, and Cardiovascular Disease

Over the past 30 years or so, researchers have developed a solid base of science to back up the merits of fruits and vegetables. The latest research, suggests that diets rich in vegetables and fruits have been shown to lower blood pressure and improve other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Fruits and Blood Sugar Levels

During our coaching sessions we will discover how to select the fruits that fit best into a nutritional lifestyle.

One thing to consider when choosing fruits is to consider their concentration of carbohydrates and/or sugars and the effects that they have on your blood sugar level. While all fruits are sweet, all fruits do not affect your blood sugar the same way. A food's glycemic index (GI) is a value that ranks foods based on their immediate effect on blood sugar levels. It is a measure of how much your blood sugar increases over a period of two to three hours after a meal.

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IMPORTANT: This website is not intended to be a substitute for consultation with your personal physician and/or health care provider. Before you engage in any program of wellness, please consult with your physician. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but a wellness coach. The information that I provide you is from my years of experience as someone who has changed their health for the better through living a wellness lifestyle.
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