Eating fruits is part of a healthy and balanced diet. Eating fruit before eating, after eating, or making snacks can help our bodies stay healthy.
“Eating lots of vegetables and enough fruits” is one of the points in the Balanced Nutrition Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. And because of the importance of eating fruit, the World Health Organization (WHO) even issued a campaign that recommends consuming at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables every day.
According to research, consuming five servings (one portion as much as 80 grams) of fruits and vegetables every day can provide significant health benefits for our body. Why? Eating fruit before meals or after meals can reduce the risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer.
If you still avoid and look for excuses not to eat fruit every day, try reading the following facts.
- There are many variants of delicious fruits that can be chosen and alternately consumed every day. Each color of fruit contains different nutrients and nutrients.
- Fruit (and vegetables) are a source of various kinds of good vitamins and minerals. Examples are folate, vitamin C, and potassium.
- Fruits contain dietary fiber which is very good. The fiber can help maintain a healthy intestine, prevent constipation and other digestive problems, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- Eating fruit before meals or after meals can help reduce the risk of various types of diseases such as cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessels), stroke, type 2 diabetes, and various types of cancer.
- Eating fruit makes us live a healthy and balanced life. Fruit is a food that is low in fat and low in calories, but rich in fiber and water that can make us feel full. Therefore, eating fruit is definitely always recommended for those who want to maintain weight or lose weight.
If you feel bored or lazy to eat fruit just like that, the following simple tips can increase the intake of fruits that you consume every day:
- Mix fruits (and vegetables) into your favorite foods. For example, mixing bananas or strawberries into your breakfast yogurt or cereal, or adding strawberries or blueberries to the pancakes.
- Instead of snacking on fried foods, try to eat fruits such as grapes, oranges, apples, bananas, or other favorite fruits.
- Place fruits and vegetables on a table or in a place that is easy and often seen by you. The more often seen, the more likely you are to eat the fruits.
- Try new fruit. Next time you go to the fruit kiosk or market, choose a different fruit from yesterday.
With so much fruit benefits that can be obtained by the body, let’s not hesitate to eat fruit before meals or after meals from now on.