Everyone has long-heard about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables not just once a month, or even once a week, but on a daily basis. But the problem is all too often the majority of us get into a habit of opting for quick and unhealthy ways to quench our appetite between meals. Usually this is in the form of a large bag of potato chips, 20oz bottle or soda, or one of the many famous milk chocolate candy bars.
However do you realize how damaging these types of snacks are to the body? The immediate influx of sugar alone should be should be cause for concern especially if you are overweight or borderline diabetic.
Strictly stating facts, a one 20 ounce bottle of coke has 67.5 grams of sugar. If that amount is hard to envision, think of that amount as sixteen teaspoons or 1/4 cup of sugar! Hopefully you keep that mental image in mind the next time you think about popping open a bottle of soda. Imagine what it would look like to pour a 1/4 cup of sugar into a 20 ounce drink and you can probably realize that is not going to be healthy for your body in any sort of way.
Fruits do contain fructose but whereas the soda not only has substantially more, but since it is often consumed rapidly, the body has to deal with all that sugar at once. Eating an apple is a slower process therefore the absorption of fructose is at a slower pace, one that the body, and particularly the liver can easily handle.
Naturally one of the easiest ways to get fruit into your daily nutrition is to simply take an apple, pear, or peach with you to work and enjoy at your break time. All you should do is rinse/wash the fruit well with water and wipe dry with a paper towel prior to eating.
If that is too tough on your teeth or if you prefer eating fruit that’s in smaller edible pieces, you can always opt to slice it up and toss into a Ziploc plastic bag especially if it’s going to be a healthy travel snack.
Eating the same type of fruit every day can get a bit monotonous which is why it’s up to you to keep it fun and interesting.
Don’t be afraid to try out new fruits or ones you haven’t eaten in a long time. When in season, you’ll find the produce section of your supermarket come alive with different options to choose from.
You can choose to enjoy 1 or 2 different fruits a day, or like this healthy work snack example, simply choose to make an assorted fruit medley which is simple to do yet provides an explosion of flavors and tastes.
Best yet, you can buy a variety of types, wash and store in freezer bags for up to 6 months which will help ensure you always have a healthy selection of mixed fruit available.