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It seems like common knowledge that fruits are part of a nutritious, balanced diet. Fruits are an essential part of the food you eat, and many people need to eat more. Why would we even think fruits could be bad? But the main reason some people question the true value of fruit in our diet has to do primarily with the amount of sugar in fruits, especially the amount of fructose.

Downsides to fruit are hard to come by

While a diet of only fruit (fruitarianism) is a really bad idea, every diet that is actually good for you should include fruit. Of course, if you’ve read up on what starches are, you’ll know that fiber is a form of carbohydrate itself. However, in the Olumia Life program, we don’t count whole fruits as starches or as a part of the starch:protein nutritional ratio. This is because of the high amount of nutrients present in the food, much more than other foods with carbohydrates, like a grain of rice.

While overeating fruits is entirely possible, it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds. While your average 20-something male can knock back an entire large pizza, that same guy would struggle to finish off a serving of apples of equal size. The answer to this is, once again, fiber.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of fiber in our diet. It’s a natural appetite suppressant, unlike pizza, and you simply don’t stay hungry when eating fruit. This is one way that fruit consumption helps contribute to weight loss and better weight management. It’s also part of why Olumia Life recommends it for when you need a snack between meals.

Because we simply can’t eat tons of fruit, it’s difficult to overdo it on the fructose consumption. Fructose is worse than glucose because, among many problems, it is more readily turned into fat. Fiber inhibits that process.

Mind that juice!

So far, this has all been about whole fruit, eaten in its natural state. Lots of folks, though, enjoy a glass a fruit juice just as much. While juice from concentrate has extra sugar and fewer nutrients, fresh squeezed juice is also problematic. When you strain out the pulp from apples, grapes, oranges, etc., you are also taking out the fiber.

Apart from missing out on the health benefits of fiber (and increasing the problems of the still-present fructose), it’s also a lot easier to drink too much juice than it is to eat too much fruit. This is a big reason why eating whole fruit helps prevent diabetes but drinking juice can actually raise your risk.

The benefits of fruit

Numerous studies have shown the myriad ways that of a diet containing fruits and vegetables is good for you. Some of the long list of benefits are:

  • a lowered risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure
  • improved gastrointestinal function, thanks in part to the dietary fiber present in fruit and its benefits to gut flora
  • improved ocular health, including increased protection against cataracts
  • better protection against some forms of cancer, such as prostate cancer

Servings of fruits and vegetables are unlimited in the Olumia Life diet. You should include servings at every meal. This doesn’t mean you should only eat apples and carrots. Variety is very important. There are literally thousands of different fruits and cultivars out there to try. For maximum health benefit, it’s important to eat fruit routinely and include plenty of different kinds.

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