Health Benefits of Fruits:

What does it contain?

  • Contains vitamins, minerals, water, protein, nutritional fibre and fat.
  • Colours= means different antioxidants.
  • Fruits contain a lot of sugar (fructose) and grapes contain (glucose).
  • Gives energy when needed.
  • It doesn’t require a lot of digestion.

Who needs to pay attention when eating fruits?

  • People with diabetes.
  •  People suffering from hypoglycaemia.
  • Overweight people.
  • People with a weak digestive system.
  • People suffering from candida.

What is recommended to do?

  • To check the glycaemic index
  • To integrate with other type of food to lower down the glycaemic index

 Fruits : to eat or to drink:

 Fruit Juice – Advantages:

– Easy to digest for people with digestive problems.
– A very concentrated amount of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

 Fruit Juice – Inconvenient:

– Fibreless.
– High glycaemic index.
– More concentrated calories.
– Low nutrient density.

 Shakes:

– The grinding of all the fruits makes the fibres easier to digest.
– Always recommended to combine with green leaves.

 

Nutritional Fibres- Pectin:

Advantages:

  • Balance the sugar levels
  • Balance the level of cholesterol
  • Anti-cancer activity- Part of the pectin binds to a protein called galectin 3. This protein allows cancer cells to move through the blood and send metastasis. Pectin prevents galectin 3 activity.

 

Tannins in fruits: 

  • Have health benefits- are effective against diarrhea, stop haemorrhages, reduce swelling and accelerated the healing of wounds.
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Breaks down fats (therefore recommended drinking red wine)
  • Tannins are found in grapes, sharon, blueberries, dates, kiwi, peach and carobs.

 

Glucose VS Fructose:

Glucose:

– Glucose + Oxygen = creation of energy.
– Energy supplier for all the body
– We can find it in honey, figs, dates, and grapes.
– Lack of glucose in the brain may cause unconsciousness and even death. However, excess glucose in the blood is also not healthy for the body.

Fructose:

 

– We can find it in honey, fruits, vegetables and flower nectar.
– When fructose been absorbed, it is going straight to the liver, and there it creates energy.
– Fructose does not require insulin to reach the cells so high consumption can cause damage to the body: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

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