The Colours of Your Diet!
The sugars in fruits and vegetables and why you should eat a serving of fruit and vegetables a day from the five colour groups: blue/purple, green, white, yellow/orange and red. Each fruit and vegetable has a different complement of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, making it important to sample from the complete colour spectrum. Next time you’re grocery shopping, follow this plan. We used to eat crayons for the same effect but I guess it’s time to move on!
Fruits Are High in Sugar, Should I Cut Them Out of My Diet?
Fruits of vegetables. What is the wiser choice? Well, they both contain fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – BUT – let’s look at an apple vs. a tomato. An apple has approximately 80 calories while the same size of tomato only has 20 calories. That means you would have to eat 4 tomatoes to consume the equivalent calories that you would find in an apple. With calories being of the essence these days, choose a water-based vegetable over fruit any day!
The Best Fruit to Eat!
The easiest way to rate a fruit so you get the best bang for your buck is to use the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) method of measuring the antioxidant capacities of foods. Here is a list of the some of the best fruits to eat and their ORAC score:
Blueberries – 5
Cherries – 5
Raspberries – 4
Strawberries – 4
Orange or Grapefruit – 3
Grapes – 3
Are Carrots High in Sugar?
This has to be one of the biggest misconceptions. The answer is simply NO! This myth started when carrots were measured for their glycemic index. They needed to use 11 pounds of carrots for this experiment to compare carrots with other carb-based foods. So unless you have a great appetite for carrots (by the bushels!) you will find carrots to be super low in calories and have a low glycemic index of 49. Bugs Bunny had it right all along.
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