DAY 27-

TRY A NEW FRUIT

Today’s challenge is to try a new fruit.

There are strange nutrition myths that have some people running for the hills from fruit.

Why?

Well because it has sugar, and in the world of woo-woo nutrition, sugar is the direct cause of fat, addiction, and disease.

The effects of sugar are for another post, but needless to say, fruit is one of the most innocent foods that we can be sure of their beneficial properties.

Yes, they do have sugar in different quantities depending on the fruit, and maturity, etc…, but they are also fibrous which means that they have a natural buffer which helps to slow down digestion and offset the common effects associated with processed sugary food.

Fruits truly are the powerhouse of the food world. Their geographic location perfectly aligns to the nutritional needs of the human populations who live there. Take watermelons for example. They grow in hot countries where it can be easy to become dehydrated and so it is the perfect relief. Another example being the coconut in tropical locations. In northern countries, berries are plentiful  and help to complete the nutritional profile of what might have traditionally been a limited diet in times of severe cold.

Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, they are hydrating, and a vital part of a healthy diet. Research shows time and time again that fruits are associated with lowering the risk of conditions such as diabetes, strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.

Today’s a challenge of trying a new fruit is about becoming more adventurous with food in general. Fruit is usually very palatable to most people because of it’s sweet taste, and can easily be added to sweet or savoury dishes for more variety.

We all know apples, pears, and bananas, but imagine how we can begin to be children again and reignite our love for food by finding new ones!

Here are some suggestions for interesting fruits that you may or may not have tried:

  • Lychee

  • Ackee

  • Jackfruit

  • Red grapefruit

  • Durian

  • Carambola

  • Persimmons

  • Pomegranate

  • Dates

  • Custard apple

  • Guava

  • Papaya

  • Physalis

  • Kumquat

  • Kiwi

  • Plantain

  • Blood orange

  • Crab apples

  • Asian pear

  • And so much more…

 

As a side note, many of us see fruits every day that we have never tried. It doesn’t always take going to some exotic looking market -although that is appealing- but rather it’s about breaking our habitual patterns, and doing something un-routine to promote healthier eating habits.

So, there you go. Try a new fruit today!