Health & Fitness

Five myths about fruits you should stop believing right now

Fruits are nutritious and filling, no questioning that. They are popular for their many health benefits.

But there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding their consumption.

From “avoid it if you are a diabetic,” to “don’t eat them before bed,” here are top five myths about fruits that you should stop believing already.

Myth #1: You should eat fruits within 6 hours of waking up

You should eat fruits within 6 hours of waking up

It is generally believed that since our metabolism rate decreases around midday, eating foods rich in sugar like fruits helps raise the blood sugar levels, thus ‘activating’ one’s digestive system.

But the truth is that our digestive system is able to digest food anytime, with or without fruits.

So, no matter the time of the day, fruits are good for your health.

Myth #2:You should not eat fruits before you hit the sack

Some people tend to believe that eating fruits before bed, could lead to weight gain since they increase blood sugar levels.

But the truth is that just like other times of the day, our body keeps burning fat during night time as well.

So, you can really go about eating fruits any time you like, without having to worry about becoming fat.

Myth #3: Do not consume fruits if you are a diabetic

Do not consume fruits if you are a diabetic

It’s a myth that diabetics shouldn’t eat fruits since they are “too sweet.”

Because, that is not how it works.

Contrary to common belief, fruits do not dramatically raise our blood glucose levels as they have low to medium glycemic indices.

In fact, a balanced intake of fruits and veggies, since both are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, can help you manage diabetes.

Myth #4: Drinking fruit juice is as healthy as eating whole fruits

Compared to juices, whole fruits contain more fiber and phytonutrients.

Additionally, fruits are low on calorie count.

Further, juices lack fruit skin, that is loaded with antioxidants like flavonoids and fruit pulp (the main source of fruit fiber).

If that’s not enough, fruit juice may also contain added sugars, colors, or preservatives, which are bad for health.

So, avoid juices- go for whole fruits.

Myth #5: You can have as many fruits as you want to

Many people believe that since fruits are low in calories, you can have as many of them as possible.

Well, the truth is no.

Since fruits contain simple sugars and a fair share of calories, these could lead to weight gain, if and when eaten in excess.

Remember that moderation is the key.

So, eat your fruits, just be careful of the portions!

6 Reasons To Abstain From Drinking Bottled Water Again

The way we drink our water shows us what kind of community we are. I want my body and my community to reflect sustainable values, so I only drink disposable, plastic bottled water if there is absolutely no other option. If I were in a truly extreme situation—say, a cholera epidemic, an area without reliable water supply, or a desert, for example—then I would drink bottled water. Most of us are not in those situations all the time. And wonderful alternatives are easily available.

Sound extreme? It’s not, when you consider these 7 truths about bottled water. Read on, and become a healthier person, a smarter consumer, and a global citizen!

1. Plastic bottles are not sustainable, no matter what we’ve been told.

Using vast quantities of fossil fuels and water, these bottles are manufactured, filled, and shipped around the globe. (Not a good carbon footprint!) Neither are bottles biodegradable in any meaningful way: what you drink in a few minutes can stick around for a thousand years.

Even with recycling efforts, 6 out of 7 plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. are “downcycled”—sent somewhere out of sight and out of mind where, for the next millennia, toxins from degrading plastic containers can leach into watersheds and soil. That’s just not something we need to give to global neighbors and future generations.

2. Some bottled water is glorified tap water at 10,000 times the cost.

The label on your bottled water may depict a peaceful mountain stream, but that doesn’t mean the water inside is pure and pristine.

Only some bottled water comes from springs or groundwater sources. It turns out that approximately 25% of bottled water is sourced from … the tap. Sure, some companies filter or radiate the tap water with ultraviolet light before selling it to you at several thousand times the cost of municipal tap water.

Moreover, studies show that bottled water samples can contain phthalates, mold, microbes, benzene, trihalomethanes, even arsenic. And only recently did the FDA start regulating bottled water for E. Coli, thanks to advocacy by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Upshot: bottled water markup is extreme. Health standards are often a wash and may even favor tap water. (If you’re concerned about municipal water supply and want to know more, check out this helpful resource, which can help you learn about your municipal water supply and decide if filtration or purification is right for you.)

3. Many bottled waters contain toxins, even if they’ve nixed BPA.

Plastic isn’t just bad for the planet (see #1). It’s not good for you, either.

Bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors. No one knows for sure what the health outcomes are. Do you really want your body to undergo that experiment?

4. Local water is the new complement to local, organic food.

Local food is everywhere these days: CSAs, farmers markets, farm-to-table dining. That local food is grown and cooked with … local water! It’s the invisible part of the sustainable, healthy food you eat.

So, locavores, it’s time to get your hydrophilia on and appreciate your water supply just as much as you do your CSA. Shouldn’t we care for and support our water sources like we support healthy, organic, local farms?

5. There ARE gorgeous alternatives for on-the-go hydrophiles!

Choose a durable, re-useable water bottle (BPA-free or, even better, stainless steel) in whatever size or shape and design you like.

6. Change is simple—and makes a real difference!

When you ditch disposable bottled water, you save money, live healthier, and join a movement for global sustainability. Plus, it’s easy. And you’ll save money.

Yes, you’ll need to take that first step of buying your re-usable bottle, and then remember it when you jog out the door. But if “keys, wallet, yoga mat” are on your mental checklist anyway, what’s one more item that saves you money and protects the planet?

If after six months, you still crave water from Fiji, then I suggest the following: take the money you’ve saved by sipping strategically. Treat yourself to a vacation in, well, Fiji—where you can hydrate, surf, relax, and celebrate the fact that you are an awesome part of the solution!