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Are fruit or vegetables healthier?

One of the most important questions for nutritionists. Let’s put the bottom line upfront: Both contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Yet there’re subtle differences, which justify a deep dive the ExperienceZone way.

Fruit have one downside

Children usually prefer fruit over veggies. Why’s that? Speaking constitution types, children have a lot of Kapha (that’s one of the three Ayuverda Dosha’s, which stands for people who tend to eat high-caloric food and thus run the risk so become overweighted if they neither grow more work out). With this trick, nature takes care that our offspring passes its rites of passage physically. Are fruit really high-calorie food? It depends. A banana contain 100 calories, whilst fruit high in fluid, such as watermelon, are usually low in calories. Hence, food density plays a role. Also, the type of calories. Extra virgin olive oil contains 800 calories per 100 gram, yet doesn’t make you fat as it gets directly metabolized by your body. In contrast, saturated animal based fat, such as butter, in combination with carbs,  such as wheat, refuels your fat cells.

Before you head spins and eventually explodes, let me come full circle here. Fruit contain sugar – next to antioxidants, fiber and phytochemical. The two sugar types are called glucose and fructose. These sweeteners make children crave for fruit and leave the veggies on their plates. Although they give your body energy straightaway, too much fructose can harm your digestive functions. Glucose is your little helper. It supports to metabolize fructose. Most fruit contain both forms of sugar. Look for those, which contain at least a 1:1 relation between glucose and fructose, such as dried figs and dates. By the way: Drying food preserves it, yet also increases its sugar proportion. Also, bananas contain a healthy ratio between glucose and fructose. That’s the reason why many claim them to be the primal human food next to coconuts.

Find the right mix!

Both groups are healthy. They belong to the foundation of our food pyramid and thus need to make up the largest part of our daily intake. In which ratio, at which times and in which quantities?

  1. Eat more veggies: You can smartly mix fruit with vegetables – in a salad or a blender. Latter is particularly recommendable as it purifies your food, so that your body doesn’t need to invest any energy in digestion but can metabolize the nutritions straightaway. Since veggies are by nature less sweet than fruit, you can mix them with sweet fruit in a 3:2 relation. In general, you want to eat bitter, sour and hot food rather than sweet one. Too much sweet stuff creates a fertile soil for parasites of all kinds.
  2. Eat them raw: Once you heat your food over 43 degree Celsius or 118 degree Fahrenheit, vitamins, minerals as well as the precious enzymes, which you need to digest the food, disappear. Therefore, eat fruit and vegetables raw. The closer our diet to nature, the healthier we’re, the better we look and the longer we live.
  3. Eat fruit first: Different types of food take different time to get digested. Fruit pass your intestines very fast. They’re speed racers. If you eat your fruit salad after a heavy meal, than they feel insulted and pay you back. How? They rotten and cause bowel gases and other digestive problems.

Got nuts?

Yeah, the post title might be misleading. Since I take you on a journey over Nutrition & Energy (mind the cute little yellow icons), I really mean nuts. This question is thus directed to men and women alike. I know we’re not squirrels and don’t need to gather the little fruit to have something to eat for the winter.

Fruit? Yes indeed: Nuts are fruit.

The more important question for you is: Are they healthy? My admittedly blur answer is: It depends. Of course, they’re better for your physical well-being than your ordinary 1 pound Angus steak. Run a field test. Anyway, how healthy are they compared to other plant based food? They come after fresh fruit & vegetables as well as seeds. Why’s that?

First the good news: Nuts contain a lot of proteins & carbs.

They’ve vitamins and minerals en mass. Just ask Google about your favorite sort, its nutritional value and impact on your health. Also, nuts are rich in easily digestible proteins, fiber and carbs. In fact, they’re a very dense food.

And that is the problem: Too much high-caloric food can cause issues

Apes eat high-fluid or low-caloric food like fresh fruit & vegetables. High octane water in fresh fruit & vegetables contains energy and thus supports life. If a chimp doesn’t find greens or bananas, it eats seeds as a dietary fallback. Seeds contain premature life. They’re dense too yet healthier than nuts. Learn from our closest relatives in the animal kingdom: Eat nuts in moderation. If you consider them as the foundation of you food pyramid plus drink too less, you might face digestion problems eventually. Note to myself: I need to manage my secret sin of peanut-banana-shakes more tightly…

Bottom line, get nuts and enjoy them. They’re great travel snacks. Yet always treat them as such. Keep your balance in an ExperienceZone fashion.

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