Traditions are often rooted in good dietary advice, but their full benefits may not be immediately apparent. Take that little fruit salad presented before the big gourmet feast. Why start with all that sugar you might ask? Well, one reason is because it might help you to lose weight.
Yes, it’s true. While there is no denying that limiting your sugar intake is a sound strategy for a whole range of health benefits in addition to weight loss, it is the net consumption that counts. By having a small amount before that big meal you will actually tend to eat less.
Carbohydrates stimulate seratonin, a calming neurotransmitter. Researchers know that it (seratonin) stimulates feelings of satiety, and the desire for less carbohydrates with the subsequent meal. This is enhanced by the vitamin c that’s also in that little dish. (You don’t have to eat a huge bowl for the effects, by the way 🙂
Of course the fruit salad is usually loaded with vitamin and mineral rich ingredients, and don’t forget all of the flavonoids, resveratrol, quercetin, apigenine, et al. It also contains digestive enzymes, which are diminished in older individuals. That’s probably the original rationale for the serving back in the day. We hear daily about the benefits of these foods, heres your chance to cash in and do your body a favor.
So don’t forget to eat these little snacks. They go a long way for good health and for preventing your eating like a _______ -well, you know.