Quitting Sugar Doesn’t Mean Quitting Fruit
With the start of a New Year comes New Year’s resolutions! Have you resolved to cut back on sugar this year? If so, we have good news for you…you don’t have to get rid of any fresh fruit gift baskets packed with premium fruit you may have received because, despite what you may have heard, giving up sugar does not mean you have to give up fruit!
It’s no secret that sugar is bad for us. It lends to the prevalence of obesity, makes our cells age faster, increases our risk of diseases (such as Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer), saps our energy, hampers our immune system’s ability to fight off colds and viruses, causes acne, and increases our likelihood of developing cancer. But what you need to keep in mind, however, is that all this is caused by processed sugars – not natural sugars like those found in fruits.
Naturally occurring sugars found in fruits (fructose, sucrose, and glucose) are not harmful to the body. Fructose only becomes harmful to the body after it has been manufactured and processed to form High Fructose Corn Syrup. These sugars are usually added to foods during processing or cooking. The human body metabolizes processed sugar (like those found in soft drinks, sauces, flavored yogurts and candy) more quickly than it does natural sugars, leading to the infamous “sugar high” that can be so wearing in the afternoons. These are the types of sugar that are so bad for us and that we should be limiting in our diets.
The Sugars Found in Fruit
The sugars in fruit are actually necessary for our bodies to function. This is because the human body depends on glucose for energy. Glucose acts as fuel for our bodies, enabling us to think, move and breathe. The human brain requires at least 120g of carbohydrates daily in order to function. A tangelo fruit contains about 10g of sugar, which is not excessive relative to the needs of the body. Portion size changes depending on the fruit, but even a serving of dried fruits (like those found in Pittman & Davis’ dried fruit baskets) contains an appropriate amount of fuel for your body.
In addition to glucose, fruit contains other beneficial vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals. All whole fruit contains soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are extremely important for dietary function. Studies show that phytochemicals (chemicals or compounds that are found in plants that contribute to their color, taste, and smell) can help with inhibiting cancer growth, inflammation, lowering blood pressure, eye health, and longevity
All of this means that making fruit a part of your daily diet far outweighs any concerns or risks associated with its sugar content.
Fruits That Are Especially Healthy
Now that you’re ready to get a gift of fruit for a loved one (shop fruit gifts online at PittmanAndDavis.com) or join a fruit club to ensure you get a steady supply of the best fruit available, here are some you can especially look forward to receiving for their nutrition as well as they’re taste:
- Citrus fruits. When folks order fruits from us, citrus is among their favorite, and no wonder: packed with immune-strengthening vitamin C (eating just one orange can fulfil your daily requirement!) and antioxidants, our Oranges, Honeybells, and Rio Ruby™ Red Grapefruit are relatively low in sugar, but taste oh-so-sweet because we leave them on the tree as long as possible until they are fully ripened.
- Orchard fruits. You know the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” There definitely is some truth to that – apples and pears are both rich sources of fiber and antioxidants. Be sure to eat the skin, where much of the nutrition resides!
- Summer fruits. Want to stay hydrated in the summer? Load up on watermelon, peaches, and nectarines. Full of vitamin C (which has an anti-inflammatory effect), they can help boost your performance at summer sports, while their sweetness helps stave off sugar cravings.
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