Fructose is the sweetest and healthiest form of natural sugar. You may remember from previous page that the Gylcemic Load is a relatively new way to identify the impact of carbohydrate consumption which also takes the Glycemic Index and serving sizes into account.
Most fruit are a healthy choice because they are quite low on the Glycemic Index. However fruit is a simple carbohydrate and some may have a high sugar content so do keep a check on your intake particularly for weight loss or if you have diabetes.
Fruit with a high carb content should be consumed in moderation. The key is portion size and staying away from canned fruit in syrup or other types of added sugar. The easiest way to determine the sugar content is by tasting it. The sweeter the fruit the higher the sugar.
This is the amount of carbohydrates in food that the body is able to utilise for energy. In other words the carbohydrates minus the fibre content. Fibre is not counted because it ‘passes through’ the gastrointestinal tract. Fibre also delays sugar absorption into the blood stream.
Peaches and Pesticides
Another important factor to bare in mind when selecting fruit is the exposure to pesticides. Pesticides are extremely toxic to human health and have been linked to a host of serious health conditions.
Some fruit a more prone to pesticides than others due to the permeability of their skin. Peaches for example are top of the list for pesticide contamination. Some fruit are imported from countries with less stringent chemical regulations, for example imported grapes have been identified as a high toxic fruit.
Fruit with a much safer levels of pesticides are denoted with an asterisk *. Columns left blank have not been measured for pesticides levels and should generally be quite safe for consumption.
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