While refreshing and delicious, summer fruit should be consumed in moderation. Find out why.
With rising temperatures, it’s tempting to take a daily dip in a bowl of fruit salad. We often reach for thirst-quenching watermelon, succulent strawberries, juicy peaches, refreshing kiwi and other fruit favorites. While fresh fruit, of course, has many nutrients, it still contains a lot of fructose, which you don’t want to each too much of.
High in Antioxidants, But Also Sugar
Summer fruits are high in antioxidants but also glucose as well. And they’re very crucial for our health in terms of providing vitamins and specific fiber. At the beginning of summer, most of our fruits are sourer. However, by the end of the summer, these fruits are high in glucose content.
These fruits will become starchier. That’s because the level of sugar will get higher. So a lot of times people don’t choose the sour flavor fruits because it’s sourer as opposed to the end summer when the fruits are more sugary.
We need to understand that when we are eating that kind of fruit, we’ll see an increase in blood sugar levels. That increase also creates fuel to gut microbiome that’s dependent on this sugar, even though it’s a healthy resource and source of food. We need to make it balance out. Choose sour fruits which are better for your health. Eat apricots, for example, early in the season so they will be more sour and hard rather than soft and sugary.
Know Where Your Fruit Is Coming From
We also need to understand where the food is coming from. Whether here in the United States or from other continents or countries and how these foods were treated, for example, what pesticide is being used. Pay attention to how they spray the fruit and purchase ones without Monsanto glyphosate, which creates tissue damage. It’s always a good idea to buy local organic produce whenever possible.
Fruit that comes from outside the US may not be as clean, and it could create burdens on your health, mainly in the gut.
Look Out for Mold
Cantaloupe, which often comes from outside of the USA, can develop mold, so you want to stay away from that. Berries stored in the refrigerator also can develop mold. I always tell clients to buy a small amount of fruit at a time but eat it; don’t keep it. For more information, contact our practice today!