It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
You’ve probably heard it said that you don’t need to worry about eating too many vegetables –- you get a free pass with them, so go nuts (or veggies)! But some of you might ask if fruit is a recommended freebie too.
Here is the deal with fruit. I love fruit but not in the same quantity as I do veggies. Fruit contains quite a bit of sugar. Yes it’s natural, but it’s sugar! That’s not to say, however, that if you are weighing the decision of diving into a chocolate chip cookie or an extra piece of fruit, you shouldn’t go for the fruit –- of course, you should!
Eating a serving of fruit is not at all like eating a spoonful of refined sugar. The sugar in fruit comes side by side with vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber and water. This means that it is healthy for all sorts of reasons and may also help to fill you up a bit. Fruit also can help to satisfy a sweet craving. Again, fruit, cookie, fruit, cookie? Fruit wins!
Fruit contains sugar, about 15 grams per serving, but it also delivers health benefits. Stick with one or two servings daily.