Episode 138 – Don’t like vegetables?! Can I eat fruits instead?

Today’s #AskEvro show question of the day is: “I don’t like vegetables. Can I eat fruits instead?”

This is a valid question so let’s explore the possibility of how you can use this tip in your life.

Firstly, what is the reason why you would eat fruit and vegetables?

Eat your Veggies

Well the reason you would eat vegetables is to get vitamins, minerals, and fibre. This is the same reason you would also enjoy fruits.

Vitamins are of course essential for growth, maintenance of normal human function as well as repair and recovery. A good example is vitamin A which is good for eye maintenance and vision.

Minerals are very much on the same page as vitamins in their use for growth, maintenance, and repair of the body. Iron exemplifies an essential mineral that is used to build and replace red blood cells in the cardiovascular system and these obviously help with oxygen supply to the muscles and organs.

Fibre is essential in keeping the digestive system clear of waste products much like a broom sweeping the floor clean and it also plays a role in keeping your good bacteria (gut microflora) happy with good nutrients. There’s also good evidence to suggest it helps with gut health as well.

 

More on how to use fruit and vegetables in a moment. Read on below.

 

 

Love your fruits

While you get the above nutrients from fruits as well – you are highly likely to get another nutrient which is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates (or carbs) are obviously a good supply of short term energy for the body to continue to operate your metabolism (in addition to fats and proteins).

So there’s no reason why you can’t substitute fruits for vegetables in the short term.

However, over the long term – say over the scale of months or years – if you keep doing this, then you increase your risk of problems that are associated with higher calorie diets such as becoming overweight, Type II diabetes, etc.

What’s your purpose?

So think about why you’re doing this. Is it a short term irregular habit – in which it would be fine every now and again. Or is this a permanent habit where you need to do this long term? If it is the long term you will need to balance your addition carb intake with some intentional exercise.

 

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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.

Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.

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