Fruits In Season
Over the last few years we have learned how to improve our health and reduce our carbon footprints by eating locally grown produce. When it comes to fruit, most of us are spoiled for choice and although we may stick with what we are used to, the options are there to venture out if we so choose.
One health tip that I always try to think about when purchasing fruit is to buy fruit that is neither too ripe, nor too raw. In Japan, where health statistics are excellent in comparison to other countries and populations, a study was conducted on their fruit intake and it revealed that in Japan, fruit is normally consumed when it is slightly less than ripe. This is when fructose levels are low and thus nutrient absorption is high and blood sugar remains stable.
Many of my clients who are working to lose weight tend to shy away from fruit and limit their intake to less than one serving per day. The key to incorporating fruit into your diet is portion control with a fair portion being 1 piece of fruit ie. one apple, banana, pear or peach and a cupped hand for all other fruits and berries with no more than 1 Tbsp for dried fruits.
I am a lover of all fruits and nothing makes me happier than to welcome in a new season with a delicious harvest. Nutrient and enzyme rich, nature’s candy keeps our skin glowing and our bodies lean due to fruit’s high fiber content. Fruit also hydrates our bodies on cellular levels so if you are not getting your daily fruit servings in, perhaps this chart will inspire you to do just that.