Nutritional Benefits of Exotic Fruit, Fizzy Drinks make you fat

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Health benefits of Persimmon and other exotic fruit

Exotic fruit like persimmon, kiwi, papaya and others tend to be very good sources of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals all of which confer some potent health benefits for example, Persimmon is
• low in calories (provides 70 calories/100g) and fats but is rich source of dietary fiber.
• Full of health benefiting phyto-nutrients flavonoid anti-oxidants like catechins which are anti-infective and anti-inflammatory .
• Fresh persimmons contain anti-oxidant compounds like vitamin-A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. Together, these compounds functions as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
• Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions; thus, helps prevent “Age-related macular related macular disease”(ARMD) in the elderly.
• They are also a very good source of vitamin-C, another powerful antioxidant (especially native Chinese and American persimmons; provide 80% of DRI). Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
• The fruit is good in many valuable B-complex vitamins such as folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), thiamin…etc. These vitamins act as co-factors for numerous metabolic enzymatic functions in the body.
• Fresh Persimmon fruits also contain healthy amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese (15% of DRI), copper (12% of DRI), and phosphorus. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese, and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.

These benefits apply to many exotic fruit but also to the more common fruit. Such as berries, apples and pears.

There is an official Anti-oxidant rating for most fruit called ORAC which means oxidant radical absorption capacity or how much a given fruit holds anti-ageing properties.
Highest on this list are berries such as Goji, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries all of which are packed full of anti-oxidants (vits ACE, selenium) carotenoids and flavonoids and anti oxidant regulators that help to prevent cancer, cardio-vascular disease and improve immunity. The more brightly coloured the fruit the more anti-oxidants they tend to contain.

Fruitarianism

Ashton Kutcher rushed into hospital after cosuming only fruit and seeds and nuts diet. Very high in sugar and thus would make the pancreas work overtime.

Can be ok if for a short time to help identify foods to which you are allergic eg wheat and dairy, otherwise:

Can’t get a good balance of nutrients from just fruit. Especially amino acids, which are the building blocks to every cell in the body and are mostly available from protein sources such as fish, meat and nuts.

Calcium shortage leading to problems with oestoporosis broccoli, protein sources milk, cheese etc

EFA;s essential for lubricating all cells in the body and helping to reduce inflammation. Found in oily fish, seeds and nuts.

TAX ON SUGARY DRINKS

Yes it might help to limit the consumption a bit depending on the tax level. Though I fear that many children are just addicted to them and would buy them at any price. So education must go hand in hand.
The problem with fizzy drinks is that they encourage obesity because they contain High Fructose Corn Syrup which has the effect of turning of the body’s natural signals that tell you are full and thus encourage over eating. Also contain vast amounts of refined sugar.

Eating Lunch Late makes you Fat

It is far more to do with what is eaten, how much rather than timing. Though eating late at night would not give your metabolism a chance to born of the consumed calories. But there is now quite a lot of research to show that missing breakfast or any other meal is not necessarily a bad thing. This goes back to our hunter gatherer days when we only eat when we were truly hungry and thus did not make the pancreas work over time, which it generally has to these days, do to the amount of refined carbs and quantity of food we eat. This means that we are much more likely to become what is termed Insulin Resistant, whereby our body finds it much more difficult to utilize insulin properly and thus we are unable to distribute our energy source glucose to cells and muscles and instead lay it down as fat.

So eating lunch late makes no difference it’s what and how much we eat that matters.

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