Calories in Fruits and Vegetables: High Nutritional Values and Low Calorie Counts
Calories in fruits may exist in large amounts due to fiber content of the fruit in question. For example, pears are high in fiber and that's why they are high in calories. Cherries are also high in calories but not as pears.
Seoul, Korea -- (SBWire) -- 02/16/2014 --Attaining weight loss goals is a daunting task if you don't know which fruits to incorporate into your weight loss diet. And right now, experts are recommending fruits than anything else because of their rich nutritional value. Fruits are essentially beneficial to all types of people regardless of their age. However, they also vary in terms of their caloric content, and that's something you may want to check out before embarking on a health fruit routine.
Fruits are sugary. But eating too much of them in preference to vegetables may add you more calories due to the high sugar content in them. Bananas, pineapples and mangoes are some of the sweetest fruits we have around, but they also contain a significant amount of calorie, especially bananas. Blueberries and raspberries also contain more calories compared to cranberries and grapefruits.
Calories in fruits may exist in large amounts due to fiber content of the fruit in question. For example, pears are high in fiber and that's why they are high in calories. Cherries are also high in calories but not as pears. They contain nutrients and natural sugars which provide fuel in form of carbohydrates.
But there are other fruits which are extremely low in calories, such as lemons, oranges and grapefruits. If sweetness is anything to go by and you don't want to consume high calorie bananas, then these fruits will make a perfect substitute for you. In fact citrus fruits, when ripe enough provide almost the same quantity of sugar as those found in bananas, yet they are low in calories.
Furthermore, the way a fruit is consumed also plays a key role in determining the amount of calorie an individual will get from that fruit. When consumed raw, both the water and nutrients remain intact. Dried fruits have less water, and therefore they tend to be less sweet. There's a possibility you'll eat more of them without realizing how calories are adding up, and it could work against you if you are on a weight loss program. Again, some dried fruits may be dipped in oil or sugar to make them sweeter. Such fruits end up having more fat and calories measured as grams to cups due to this addition of fat and sugar.
Canned fruits are perfectly fine. But individuals have to watch out for syrups. And in fact, fruits don't have to be preserved in sugary water. Instead, they can be preserved in juice. The only challenge is that juice can have calories too. If you've been thinking of taking more juice than water, then you should be cautious because of the caloric content in real fruit juice.
If you plan to consume more jam and jellies, make sure you are aware of the fact that they are made from mashed fruits combined with sugar and pectin. And if you choose sugar-free options, that's fine too. Only remember that a tablespoon of sugar-free strawberry jam is not the same as one tablespoon of strawberries. The former contains apples which add the count. Boiling away the water content will also intensify the sugar content and that could work against you as far as calories are concerned.
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