January 30, 2012
Do you eat between 400 and 600 grams of fruit a day? That is the recommended daily amount. We all know the good ole’ food pyramid and how we’ve been taught to eat since elementary school. But when was the last time you actually ate a whole five servings of fruit in a day? It’s important to eat our fruits and vegetables, and yet we don’t seem to make it happen. For me, eating an orange, banana, peach, apple AND tomato (yes, it’s considered a fruit) all in one day, seems nearly impossible.
There are a few easier ways to get our fill of fruit in a day. Let’s start with buying more juice. However, don’t be deceived. Not all juices are made equal. In fact, many of the juice beverages you find in the super market carry little to no juice at all. For example, a Capri Sun “fruit” drink contains less than 1/8 part fruit. Impostor!
What you need to make sure of when purchasing any sort of juice, is its actual nutritional breakdown. If you want to receive the benefits of fruit, you need to be drinking juice that comes closest to the fruit itself and isn’t made mainly of concentrate. For example, fresh-squeezed, unpasteurized orange juice is the closest thing to consuming the orange itself. The highest-quality, most nutrient rich juices are those without additives or flavor packs inserted. Tropicana, Naked Juice, Innocent, POM Wonderful and Bolthouse Farms top my list of healthy juices available in most grocery stores.
Because fresh-squeezed, unpasteurized juices typically are produced in smaller juicing operations like a local citrus grove, to find juices of this quality, it may mean traveling to your local farmer’s market or a specialty food store instead of the normal grocery store.
Another option is taking it a step further by making your own juice using a juicer after purchasing your own organic fruits and vegetables to throw into the mix. It would be fun, tasty, and at the same time, show you exactly how many servings of fruit you’d be consuming.
Lastly, with the advancement of technology, we now have ways to consume all the vitamins and minerals of fruits in supplement form. In fact we can even get considerably more than 5 servings of fruit a day by using them. One product I highly suggest is called “Isagenix Fruits” which in one serving of nutrient-rich powder provides you the health benefits of consuming the equivalent of 30 fruits. It can be used in a juice you make at home, in a protein shake, or on its own mixed with water.
Through these methods, we can assure that we’re getting quality nutrition into our bodies including valuable antioxidants through the fruits we eat. It may take a little more effort to get your daily intake of fruits but if your body really is your temple then it should be an easy choice. Drink wisely!