Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eat Fruit to Help You Lose Weight

Fruit is a very healthy snack, but it does contain sugar. However, there
is a silver lining to the sugar contained in fruit and that is that fruit also contains fiber. Fiber helps your body digest food more slowly which helps to improve your insulin response to the sugar. So if you need a pick-me-up snack, reach for fruit. Here are some great fruits that are also low in calories and high in fiber.

1. Grapefruits. Grapefruits are low in sugar and high in fiber and they actually make you feel fuller. A tip for you is to eat 1/2 a grapefruit before your meal and you will eat less and feel fuller. You'll also get much needed Vitamin C!

2. Apples. Remember the old saying "an apple a day helps keep the doctor away", well it's a great saying to live by. Apples are high in fiber, again great for keeping your tummy full. They are a great snack and can be dressed up with peanut butter or cheese for a more hearty small meal during the day or before a workout. It's best if you don't peel your apple because much of the fiber is in the skin.

3. Bananas. Many people think bananas are fattening, however this is simply not so. They contain "resistant starch" a type of fiber that your body digests more slowly and that helps to keep blood sugar stable and you feel satisfied longer. It's best to eat bananas when they don't have black spots because as they ripen, those healthy starches turn to sugar which ups the calories for the banana. I like them with just a tiny bit of green toward the stem and the rest of the banana bright yellow. No spots!

$. Raspberries. Raspberries have the most fiber of all the berries. One cup of raspberries has twice as much fiber as one cup of blueberries. They are also very satisfying to eat because of the hand to mouth experience. Because raspberries are only about one calorie each, you can just grap handfuls, rinse them off and eat as much as you like.

I hope you found this helpful and that it will encourage you to eat more fruit and not avoid these naturally sweet snacks which can be so beneficial for you.

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