Fresh Fruits For Fitness

Your mom used to nag you to 'eat your fruits and vegetables.' And nutritionists will tell you that she was absolutely right! In addition to being a low-calorie source of antioxidants and other nutrients, certain fruits have properties that may support your efforts in the gym. Here's a quick look at common fruits that are readily available year-round.

Blueberries are packed with more antioxidants than just about any other type of fruit, making them a good choice for combating free radicals. Cherries can help reduce inflammation along with the delayed onset muscle soreness that often follows intense weight lifting. Grapefruit has the potential to slow the rate of carbohydrate metabolism and can also enhance fat loss in other ways.

The Bigger Picture: All of these fruits are high in fiber and either very low in fat or fat-free. They all taste great too. Now a cup of blueberries or cherries, or a whole grapefruit is going to add between 80 and 100 grams of carbohydrates to your diet. But because the carbs are slower-digesting fructose, with a GI value of just 19, eating any of these choices before your workout can add some energy to your routine.
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