Today we will be talking about fruits and their role in a bodybuilding vegetarians diet.
Many vegetarian bodybuilders do not incorporate fruits into their diet because they are typically high in sucrose and sucrose is bad for you, right? WRONG. Sucrose (a simple sugar), CAN be bad for you. However, in moderation, it is good for your body and gives you natural, healthy energy. This natural sugar that is found in fruits converts into energy more quickly than artificial or granulated sugar which takes longer for the body to utilize and will quickly convert into fat. These bursts of natural energy are needed for any vegetarian bodybuilder to work on his daily routine. Apples for example, are very high in fiber and (good) carbohydrates. Fiber has two main components: soluble and insoluble. Both help you with your digestive track and decrease the risk of colon cancer. Fresh fruit is obviously going to be your best choice when choosing how to get your fruit intake. But keep in mind, fruit juice is always a very fast and easy way to get most of the benefits associated with consuming fruits. Just make sure the bottle says “100% Juice”. Don’t fall for tricks companies will play on you, like putting “100% Delicious” or “100% Juice Blend”.
Remember, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. A famous saying I try to live by. Though it is recommended to consume 3-4 servings of fruits each and every day, everything that you put in your body that is good for it will help it.
Oranges, pineapples, and other “Citrus-y” fruits will help your body by giving you primarily Vitamins A, C, and E. Important anti-oxidants.
Another benefit of fruits is their bright color, yes, BRIGHT COLOR! The fact that fruits have bright colors means they contain phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are some of the most powerful anti-oxidants and help your body from aging, cancer, and different types of brain disease.
Consume as many different types of fruit that you possibly can. Below is a list of the different benefits that fruits will give you as a vegetarian bodybuilder:
- Help digest food and build strong bones
- Reduce depression
- Reduce risk of cancer (brain, colon, breast, and more!)
- Increase brain activity
- Give your body more natural energy throughout the day
- Curb your appetite and keep you from craving candy
- Cure BAD BREATH
- Lower blood cholesterol
- Help your body naturally heal itself
- Help with skin appearance and anti-aging
- Reduce the risk of blood clots and heart attacks
- Reduce fat deposit in arteries
- Stronger bones
Keep in mind when eating fruits, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! If you consume solely acidic fruits for example (oranges, pineapple, etc.), this will very quickly give you too much sugar which can lead to fat, gas, and can lead to a more acidic PH level in the body which can even start to deteriorate bones over time!
Simply put, make sure you eat your fruits, just consume them wisely. You don’t need a wheelbarrow of apples to be healthy or a handful of carrots every hour. Just make sure you get enough fruits in your diet (3-4 servings) and make it as wide a spectrum as possible. Think of each fruit as a jealous friend. Make time for each of them throughout the week, don’t spend too much time with one over another, and you’ll be golden (like pineapple)!
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