1. All fruit contains sugar; some fruits more than others.
This is a very common error for most people trying to maintain a healthy diet: they feel that if something is marketed as ‘healthy’, then people are welcome to as much of it as possible. In spite of fruit’s generally amazing health properties and benefits, you should never overlook the nutritional facts of each item you include in your diet. In the case of most fruits, they contain a quantity of sugar which make a serving of fruit quite enough for an in-between meals snack. Also, a generous helping of fruit salad (even if it doesn’t contain any added sugar or cream) can contain as much sugar as a slice of cake. Sure, the health benefits can’t really compare, but you shouldn’t neglect your total sugar intake when it comes to fruit just because it’s healthy. This is especially true if you struggle with diseases like diabetes, cardio-vascular illness or pancreatic disease.
2. Some vegetables (and even fruit) are healthier when cooked.
Furthermore, not everything raw is instantly healthier than their cooked or processed versions, especially if the cooking process is done at home, away from unnecessary chemical additions. There’s a reason we humans have eaten cooked food for tens of thousands of years now, and thrived off of it. First of all, many raw fruits and vegetables can contain harmful substances that can bring illness to our system or upset the delicate digestive balance; that’s why cooking them makes them safer to eat and easier to digest. This is especially true nowadays when the fresh produce we buy is much more contaminated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers and so on.
3. Variety is key, but exotic (and expensive) fruit and veggies aren’t necessarily better.
On the same note, take into account that many fad diets and healthy food trends will advertise a new ingredients rising as the ‘it’ fruit or vegetable of the moment. It’s as if the world is just discovering what a miracle cure this new nut or fruit from another part of the world is, and credits it with the amazing health of the locals in that area and so on. While the vegetable or nut or fruit in question is probably healthy indeed, try to keep perspective and realize it probably isn’t that much different than its local counterparts. Do try to vary the vegetables and fruit you eat (as well as the grains your diet is based on), but there’s no need to pay a small fortune for exotic produce for every meal of every day.