There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding around fruit and whether or not it is healthy for you. The post-Atkins era has left the general public with the feeling that fruit may not be that great or that it’s important not to indulge because fruit has sugar. But here’s the real low-down on our naturally sweet friends:
What isn’t good though are abnormal fluctuations in our blood sugar. When sugar is consumed, it is released into the bloodstream to be delivered to cells and used as fuel. Fruit, being rich in fiber, allows for healthier digestion and time-released amounts of sugar (fructose) into the blood stream. Since fiber is a component here, blood sugar does not spike while eating fruit.
Added sugars on the other hand inundate our bloodstream, causing stress on our pancreas and inflammation in the body. And inflammation is a big, big problem when it comes to our skin. In fact, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, hives, eczema, and dermatitis are all categorized as inflammatory skin conditions – it’s right there in the title! Steering clear of all added, processed sugars is essential for combating these skin disorders.
Not only that, but fruit is often times high in other vitamins crucial to skin health that often times aren’t found in everyday processed foods. Nutrients like vitamin A support healthy skin turnover and repair, or vitamin E which supports healing and fights sun damage.
The effects of eating fruit for your skin are endless, making this food group one of the best answers out there when dealing with an inflammatory skin condition. The best ways to incorporate these beauties is in the morning on an empty stomach. Eat as much fruit as your heart desires and snack as well throughout the day. Green smoothies (sample recipe) are also a great option for something quick and easy on the go.