Fruits To Avoid When Dieting
Let's be clear: Whether you're dieting or not, ANY fruit is better than none! After all, every fruit (high-sugar or not) has at least some nutritional value -- and they're all better for you (and your waistline) than your trusty pint of Chunky Monkey. We all need to eat more fruit, not less.
But if you're wondering whether to grab an apple or a banana on your way out the door, here are three higher-sugar fruits and their nutrient-packed counterparts:
1. Watermelon: A staple at summer barbecues, picnics and potlucks, watermelon is lower in fiber and higher in sugar than many other fruits. Not worried about extra calories? Watermelon does pack some potassium, vitamin C and cancer-fighting lycopene.
A better option: berries. Small, sweet and packed with nutrients, berries are one superfood that can impact your health far more than the typical fruit. Studies show that berries are an excellent source of disease-fighting antioxidants and offer greater anti-cancer activity than other fruits. And they have a stellar nutritional profile to boot. With only 50-90 calories per cup (depending on the type of berry) and 3-4 grams of fiber, it's no wonder berries are considered a powerful weight-loss food. Toss berries into a spinach salad and add toasted pecans, add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to a bowl of mixed berries or nosh on them straight out of the carton (after washing, of course!).
2. Bananas: In addition to the 100-120 calorie price tag, bananas have a higher glycemic index (GI) than other fruits. What does that mean for you? The body digests and absorbs high GI foods more rapidly, causing blood sugar levels to fluctuate, explains Registered Dietitian and Chef Consultant Michelle Dudash. Choosing fruits with a lower glycemic index, on the other hand, can help prevent the spikes and crashes that make you feel hungry a short time after eating. That said, if you're heading out on a run and you need some fuel, bananas' fiber and energy-boosting potassium should help you hit your stride better than other fruits.
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Just eat foods high in antioxidants.2008-09-22 07:48:59 by -
And avoid processed foods and chemicals.
I have a rule:
More chicken than beef
More fish than chicken
at least 9 servings of whole grains
at least 5 fruits
at least 7 vegetables
No processed foods
Organic produce when possible
Wild meats/fish when possible
At least 90 oz. of water daily
Deep-breathing exercises twice daily
Substitute Mrs. Dash for salt
Substitute stevia and agave for sugar
That's my diet regimen. Other than counting servings, there's really nothing to count
Banana probably has more2006-09-28 17:15:21 by answer-gal
If it is a normal size banana.
I think the best fruits to eat when dieting are berries. Nutritionally dense but full of fiber and light on calories. Figs are also good, lots of fiber there too. Apples good too.
In the use sparingly camp would be bananas and raisens--don't avoid them, just know they have a few more calories.
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