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As public health concerns have shifted from fat to sugar, fruit’s image has changed from being the healthiest of snacks to something we should avoid. But should we shun fruit? Although fruit does contain simple sugars, it contains much more that is beneficial to our health: vitamins, phytonutrients, and both soluble and insoluble fiber (which actually slows the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream). For snacking and dessert, fruit is probably healthier than whatever you would replace it with. Unless you suffer from diabetes or diarrhea, you shouldn’t be trying to eliminate fruit from your diet.
- Eating fruit is a good way to get lots of vitamins and fiber, as well as phytonutrients with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Research continues to consistently associate eating fruit with decreased risk of a wide range of health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
- Likewise, it’s hard to completely replace fruit in your diet without using something less nutritious as a substitute.
“Fruit contains both soluble and insoluble fibers, which slows the release of the sugar into your bloodstream, unlike added sugars, which can spike your blood sugar pretty quickly.”