There are no bad veggies or fruits. Some might contain more sugar than others, like bananas and mangoes, but bananas are a great source of potassium and mangoes are loaded with vitamin C. Sugar, carbs and nutrients vary in each fruit. To keep fruit part of your daily diet, remember a few key factors to get the greatest benefits.
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Fruits In Season
Out-of-season fruits are picked while still immature, to ensure that they don't spoil along the way. Not only does this affect the fresh taste and aroma of your fruits and vegetables, it causes vitamin degradation and nutrient loss. A great way to have some of your favorite fruits year-round is to stock up during the season, and freeze what you won't use. Frozen fruits will still hold the nutritional value and taste better than out-of-season shipments from long distances.
Dried fruits can be are great way to add the recommended amount of fruits to your diet. Through the drying process, each serving becomes a more condensed version of its fresh counterpart.
When candied, fruit is preserved by being cooked and soaked in syrup. During the candying process, the naturally occurring water in the fruit is replaced by sugar, resulting in fruits with firm textures and sweet flavors. The end result is higher in calories, and devoid of any significant vitamin and mineral content, resulting in empty sugar calories.
Tips to Remember
Increase your daily fruit intake to help keep a healthy, balanced diet. Keeping your fruit choices colorful will ensure you are receiving a variety of minerals and nutrients. Try adding fresh berries or citrus fruits to smoothies or salads to incorporate the daily recommended servings to your existing meals with ease. Keeping fruit handy and visible can be helpful when looking for a quick snack on the go.