If you type the phrase, “Does fruit…” into your Google search bar, one of Google’s first autocomplete predictions reads, “Does fruit make me fat?” It is a surprisingly common concern. As more and more Americans realize how detrimental excessive sugar is to the body, fruit has managed to gain a bad reputation. However, fruit contains high amounts of fiber that help to offset its sugar content, and the body does need a little glucose. Just remember to consume all foods in moderation. Studies show that fruit actually does the opposite of what we fear. It promotes weight loss. In one mind-blowing experiment, 17 people ate 20 servings of fruit (containing an astounding 200 grams of glucose) every day for six months. There were no adverse effects. In fact, some of the participants even experienced a drop in cholesterol. Whole fruits are not detrimental—glucose only becomes an issue when it is unnaturally added to foods. Fruit is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. It hydrates you and improves the appearance of your skin. It is even linked to a lowered risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer.
All fruits are healthy, but some stand out as super fruits.
Super Fruit #1: Grapefruit
A whole grapefruit contains only 78 calories and provides 65% of your daily vitamin C needs. Grapefruit also has a low glycemic index, meaning that it releases sugar into your bloodstream slowly. Studies…