Fruits and Veggies


You guys know I struggle with the intake of sugar, its no surprise to hear on this blog. The other day when I was trying to justify a laffy taffy I started doing some comparisons between fruit and candy.

Banana– 7-8 inches long has 105 calories and 14g of sugar. However it also has 1g of protein and 3g of fiber.

Milky Way 1 regular bar is 260 calories, 35g of sugar,  2g protein, and 1g fiber

Apple  A 3″ medium sized apple has 95 calories, 19g of sugar, 0.5g of protein and 4.5g of fiber.

Broccoli 1 cup of chopped broccoli only has 30 calories, 1.5 g of sugar, 2.5g of protien and 2.3g of fiber 

Ring Pop 70 calories,  11g of sugar unknown fiber and protein

Humm so what does this all mean, well first of all fruits and veggies are better for you (duh.) Candy often has no nutritional value where fruit and veggies do (although how much depends on the food.) Also since fruit and veggies often include soluble fiber, that aids in slowing the absorption of sugar and not causing a shock to your system. This in turn helps lower cravings and keeps you feeling fuller longer.

So its all information we knew already but it helps to have it down on paper, especially when a craving for a laffy taffy hits.




2 comments on “Fruits and Veggies

  1. I am allergic to bananas and too many apples do a number on my system. I like cherry tomatos, avocados (love them), Watermelon and asparagus. I also love Onions and raspberries. Doesn’t that make your day brighter knowing all of this? LOL!

  2. I’ve been working on cutting back on my sugar intake too 🙂 It’s so hard because it’s really easy to buy and eat candy since you can find them everywhere in Tokyo. Fruit is a bit harder to find (and more expensive). I do try to buy fruit every week, though, since I’m trying to get E to eat more fruit than cookies (her favorite). When she eats fruit, I do too so it’s a great situation for us 🙂 I just wish that they weren’t so expensive!

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