Don’t get us wrong, fruits are extremely healthy. But they can make you gain weight if you don’t watch what you eat! It’s great that we’re swapping the junk food for healthy snacks such as fruits and nut, but we’ve got to watch the quantity because some of these foods are surprisingly high in calories and fat. Many fruits are high in sugar, and hence not conducive to our losing weight goals.
#1 Fruit Juice
A glass of fruit juice contains up to 8 teaspoons of sugar. To put things in perspective, a glass of coke has about 9 teaspoons of sugar. Always opt to eat the whole fruit. Fruits will give you the fibre content and vitamins as well as the feeling of satiety. With this, you are less likely to reach out for a snack later in the day.
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Avocados are a superfood jam packed with fibre and healthy monounsaturated fats. It contains so much antioxidants and nutrients. They are really good for you, but you have to watch your intake. Avocados are high in fat and calories. A single avocado can give you up to 350 calories. 350 calories is not a light snack, but closer to a single full meal.
#3 Dried Fruits
Dried fruits are fruits – without the water. However, they contain up to 5 times more calories and sugar. And it becomes so small, it’s easy to overeat them. To put things in perspective, a cup of grapes is 60 calories whereas a cup of raisins are 460 calories! So, you do the math!
#4 Frozen Fruit
I mean they’re just frozen aren’t they? But, many brands in fact add sugar. Always be sure to check the ingredients before indulging in them – they should only contain one ingredient – fruits!
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Grapes are a fruit that is high in sugar. However it isn’t a fruit that should be forbidden. They should be taken in moderation Just don’t attack a whole kilo of grapes – it’s easy because they are so small we just pop them in our mouths!
#6 Mangoes And Pears
Mangoes and pears are high in fructose. Fructose causes leptin resistance which is a hormone that controls metabolism and appetite to maintain a normal weight. Leptin resistance people tend to gain fat easily. Fructose, unlike glucose aren’t used up by our body cells for the production of energy. This causes the accumulation of fat in out abdomen area.
If you’re looking to lose weight, go for fruits that aren’t high in sugar but high in fibre. Examples of these fruits are green apples, guavas and grapefruit. Also, go for the berries – strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Just remember, with everything, moderation is key!