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July 20, 2012
Fresh fruits are among the most common elements of our daily diet. Juicy, sweet, refreshing, and thirst quenching, these natural foods are loved by children and adults around the world. There are two main benefits of eating fruit. First of all, fruits are considered natural sources of all important nutrients and micro-elements essential for normal function of our body. Minerals, vitamins, amino acids, oils, dietary fiber, fats, proteins, and other nutrients support all chemical processes in our body, provide us with water and energy, decrease our risks of developing serious health conditions and suffering from various diseases. Fresh organic fruits are also considered very good natural cleansers since they can stimulate detoxification and aid toxin removal from the body.
Speeding up metabolism, stimulating fat loss and assisting weight reduction are also very important benefits of eating fruits. It is a known fact that most of the fruits (especially apples, cherries, oranges, watermelons, and others) are very low in calories, so consuming fruits is not linked to storing fat and gaining extra pounds. That is why many scientists and nutritionists recommend eating fruit to lose weight and become leaner. Eating 5 portions of fruits a day is considered the most effective for health. At the same time, increased consumption of fruit or using fruit crash diets is usually linked to increased hunger since most of the fruits can not satisfy our hunger or make us feel full for a long period of time. This is the major difficulty faced by those who are trying to lose weight by eating fruit.
Want to benefit from eating fruit to lose weight and consume plenty of fruits? Concerned about your health and think of launching healthy eating habits to promote healthy lifestyle and live a longer and happier life? A group of experts from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, U.S., suggest an easy psychological trick to increase our fruit consumption and maximize the benefits of eating fruit. They are convinced that visibility plays a great role in boosting our desire to consume more fruit, and placing these natural foods within a reach in a transparent bowl can be a very smart idea. Those are the findings of the practical experiments involving 96 American students. The scientists offered them sliced carrots and apples placed in either opaque or transparent bowls, either at the arm’s reach or about two meters away.
The students were allowed to watch all the preparations for the experiments, and then they were instructed to feel free eating all kinds of foods they see in the room. Then, the students were left alone, under the supervision of recording devices only. It turned out that proximity played the primary role, so leaving fruits in a close proximity stimulates the desire to consume them. Besides, according to the researchers from St. Bonaventure University, visibility was also very important, and leaving the fruits in transparent bowls stimulated students to eat more fruit. It is also interesting that the participants were more likely to eat apples, therefore, scientists tend to connect the findings with the properties of rather fruit than veggies.
“Apples, but not carrots, have sugar, which is known to stimulate brain reward regions that induce a ‘wanting’ for foods that contain sugar,” Heather E. Creary and Gregory J. Privitera, the study leaders and the experts from St. Bonaventure University, wrote in their report. “Hence, apple slices may be more visually appealing than carrots,” they suppose. If you want to lose weight by eating fruit, read more about these interesting findings and about the benefits of eating fruit in one of the latest issues of the journal Environment and Behaviour. The abstract can be found here. Keep in mind that eating fruit to lose weight, stimulate the function of digestive system, speed up metabolism and support the function of main body organs and systems is a scientifically proven effective strategy.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.