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Fruits Have Sugar Carbs – Do They Cause Weight Gain?

Fruits are primarily sugar by weight. Sugar has a bad health rap, some people wonder if fruits are on the approved list? But the natural sugars in fruits is not bad. The glycemic index of most fruits is quite low and they can actually help you lose weight. The fiber and water content in those fruits will keep you feeling full for longer, which will cut down on cravings.

Photo- Fruits have healthy sugar (troyfish@flickr)

The antioxidants found in fruits strengthen the body’s immune system. Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits provide essential vitamins and minerals, fibre and other substances that are important for good health and looking good. Fruit rich diet will also keep your skin glowing.

These benefits outweigh the sugar carbohydrates in fruits and we recommend eating at least 2 fruits a day. Did you know apples reduce risk of cancer, and guavas are loaded with Vitamin C for body immunity.

Now that we’re clear that fruits are healthy, but are fruit juices healthy? Processed juices are often loaded with sugar to make them taste better, have preservatives for longer shelf life and and don’t have most of the fruit fiber. Fresh fruit juices are slightly better since they don’t have preservatives and might have more fiber, but we definitely recommend eating the whole fruit for maximum benefit.

Weight loss tip: Replace your dessert with fruit to lose weight!

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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