The Benefits of Eating Whole
Fruit By Steve Edwards
new study has shown eating whole fruit could be the main dietary difference
between normal weight and obese and overweight individuals. And that would be
whole fruit, not juice, jam, smoothies, or fruit-filled dessert items. Let's
give Mother Nature some love; she knew what she was doing.
A recent study at the University of Southern
California showed that the main difference between 52 normal-weight adults and
52 overweight and obese adults was the amount of fiber in their diet, which
mainly came from fruit.
findings suggest that the composition of a diet, especially low dietary fiber
and fruit intake, plays a role in the (development) of obesity," concluded the
study team in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
In the study, the normal-weight group
consumed an average of 33 percent more fiber and 43 percent more carbohydrates
than their overweight counterparts. This balanced approach is at odds with most
fad diets, and suggests that fiber, much more than eating low carb or low fat,
is responsible for controlling weight.
today's marketplace fruit is often altered, most commonly in a juiced state. A
Jamba Juice employee complained after my
article a few weeks back that they used real fruit and "didn't add sugar,"
in contesting my nutritional breakdown of their products (which, incidentally,
came from their own Web site). This is the type of training she had been given,
which leaves out the rather important fact that fruit, when turned into juice,
is mainly sugar. In nature, it's surrounded with a generous layer of fiber,
which slows the sugar's absorption into our system, regulates our appetites,
and also, it would seem, helps us become thinner and healthier.