I have a favorite Spanish phrase: “Desfruta la fruta”. It means “Enjoy the fruit”. Alliteration is always nice, and even nicer in Spanish. The fact that knows I know this saying just reminds me that Spainards eat more fruit than us. They are smart about many things in the Old World, and I believe eating is one of them.
I was lucky enough to live in Seville, Spain for one year during college. Fresh fruit is a staple of the Mediterranean diet. There was always squeezed orange juice for breakfast while apples, pears, bananas, avocados, and strawberries were scattered throughout the rest of my meals. I really enjoyed the fruit that year. I know my digestive tract did too.
There are many benefits to fruit-eating. It cleans you out with fiber, it protects your cells from free radicals by being chock full of anti-oxidants, and it helps curb our sugar cravings. A word on sugar, but don’t get me started, but oh, just for a minute. Sugar is poison! Our body doesn’t know what to do with it, and its highly addictive. In studies where rats are given the choice of heroin or sugar, they choose sugar.
Does it bother you that I call it Fruit-Eating, like it’s an Olympic sport? The truth is, fruit-eating is a challenge that requires setting goals and sticking to them. You can be a gold medalist in Fruit-Eating if you eat 5-6 portions per day.
Try these tips on how to incorporate more fruit in the diet per healthcastle.com.