We all here recommendations for increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables. They are jam packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that our body needs to function at an optimal level. Fruits not only supply us with energy, but build a healthy immune system, and supply our bodies with a soluble fiber that aids in a healthy digestive system to distribute nutrients more efficiently and effectively to the body.
But, are we making sure that we are taking in the right fruits? Not ALL fruits are created equal, and some, may not even be particularly healthy for you! Fruits are made up of simple sugar called fructose, and sugars raise our blood sugar levels when they are present in our system. If the glycemic load of those fruits is too high, it puts a stress on our metabolism and forces our body to secrete insulin to manage the amount of sugar in the blood stream, stimulating the release of cortisol which has a negative impact on our bodies ability to burn fat and build lean muscle tissue.
Below is a list of the most nutrient dense fruits that won’t have a harmful effect on blood sugar levels, but make sure to check the serving sizes of suggested fruits. Having large serving sizes of low glycemic fruits can be just as bad as consuming higher glycemic fruits. Fruits that are larger and more watery, such as the melon family, do not have the same added benefits as other fruits. HOWEVER, fruits like bananas and melons are a great source of nutrient to be taken either in a protein shake after the workout, or the meal following the workout.