The sweetness, texture, and flavor of almost any fruit make it a tempting treat. Here are four ways we eat fruit that aren’t as healthy as you think. Even better, fruit is high in vitamins and nutrients, making it an excellent source of “nature’s candy.”
Well, at least in most cases. The method of delivery kind of determines the health benefit.
Fruit that doesn’t exactly come straight from nature often comes to you in a variety of forms, such as canned, frozen, dried, or juiced. Dietitian Beth Czerwony, RD explains that this processing can remove some of the fruit’s benefits or add additional sugar.
She points out, “What you’re getting might not be as healthy as you think when you open up a can, cup, or bag to have a serving of fruit.”
Let us begin with this: Dried fruit has a lot to recommend it. First and foremost, it is a shelf-stable substitute for fresh fruit that is much simpler to transport. Hence, its widespread inclusion in various trail mixes.)
Additionally, dried fruit has approximately the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit. Dried fruit consumption has even been found to improve a person’s diet overall, according to researchers.
What then is the issue? Well, serving size and sugar are the two factors.
Fruit loses most of its water content when dried. Czerwony explains that fruit helps you feel full by providing you with water and fiber. When you take away the water, it’s easy to consume more than you should.
She continues, “Think of it in terms of grapes and raisins.” It won’t seem like a lot of food to eat 15 grapes. Now consider eating fifteen raisins. That will have a completely different atmosphere.