The 25 Healthiest Super Fruits You Should Be Eating Right Now

by Gregory
Nutrient-Dense, Low-Glycemic Superfruits

The old adage of “Fruit is nature’s candy” still rings true.  Any type of fruit is infinitely better than the Standard American Diet (SAD) desserts to which we have become accustomed.  Nevertheless, within the fruit spectrum some are better than others.  The Super Fruits! Why?  Though all fruits provide their particular delivery of specific phytonutrients, enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins these super fruits boast more fructose, or fruit sugar, than others.

Fructose is metabolized in the liver into both glucose, for energy, and triglycerides, for fat storage.  Stored glucose in the liver is called glycogen.  During exercise, muscle glucose and stored glycogen will be depleted.  For those who expend a lot of calories by working out, fruit is a phenomenal way to restore their liver and muscle sugar reserves.  However, any excess will flow into the bloodstream as sugar (initiating the insulin response) and eventually be stored as fat.

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The Gold Standard

The ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) determines the foods which mitigate against oxidative stress (which leads to inflammation) in the body.  So the ideal super fruits will be those low in sugar but high in nutrition and ORAC scale registry.  Here at Naturopathic Earth we posit that these are the gold standards of fruit.

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Blackberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries

Eat these as much as you like and in any fashion.  In smoothies, yogurt bowls, oatmeal, or in the hand.

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The Silver Standard

The following list of fruits have slightly higher amounts of sugar, but are still low compared to others.  These too also score well on the ORAC scale.

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For those of who are endeavoring to maintain ideal body composition and don’t consume a large amount of processed foods, eating any type of fruit is fine.  Those who are looking to lose weight should adhere to the aforementioned super fruits.  Either way, enjoy “nature’s candy!”

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1 comment

Allan April 12, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Love that you brought attention to ORAC scale and glycemic index.

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