If there are two food groups that tend to get grouped together more commonly that they should, they might well be “fruits and veggies.” Both are absolutely much healthier food options than the vast majority of processed options. Eating enough fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of heart disease (including heart attack and stroke). Fruits and vegetables can also reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as lower blood pressure and minimize the risk of bone loss or kidney stones. They can even protect against certain kinds of cancers.
However, that large swath of health benefits do not exactly come without qualifications. First and foremost, many fruits can be loaded with naturally occurring sugars. Although this natural sweetness is far preferable to the kind of artificial additives that tend to sweeten most packaged goods, it is still important to be cognizant of how much fruit you do choose to eat. This is why we recommend consuming 1 to 2 serving of vegetables with each meal, which should equate to between five and ten servings per day, and only suggest you eat fruit “in moderation.”
This holds especially true for fruit products like juices or dried treats. Sugar, preservatives, and other artificial ingredients can totally detract from the nutritional value of any fruit. A glass of orange juice contains double the carbs, calories, and sugar (and almost none of the fiber) of a medium-sized orange. The way the fruit is processed (high-heat, pasteurization, etc.) can also totally ruin the fruit in terms of its healthiness. So, whenever possible, opting to eat the whole fruit can only do great things for your body. Mindfulness in your eating is an invaluable skill. Get into the habit of reading more about what you put into your body and making the most informed possible choices.
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