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.