Apple, banana, pineapple, grapefruit, cantaloupe, apple, canteloupe and strawberry all have different taste profiles and have different densities of sugar, and the average American family is consuming about 40 percent more than the average Briton.
For the average person, those sweet fruit pies are usually high in calories and sugar, but for those who can’t tolerate those, fruit pies made with whole fruit are an option.
The best fruit pies with the most nutrition and health benefits are the ones made with fruit, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), which analyzed data from the USDA Food Guide database.
The USDA also noted that fruit juice can be a more healthy alternative to fruit-based desserts.
“If you’re interested in fruit juice, you’re also interested in its nutritional content and how it balances out with the other fruits and vegetables you’re eating,” said Dr. Robert H. Katz, a food scientist and the president of the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NASD).
Katz said the USDA recommends fruit juice for any diet, regardless of whether it’s made with fruits or other produce.
For example, fruit juice is a good source of vitamin C and potassium, both of which help to maintain a healthy heart, he said.
If you’re looking for a fruit-free dessert, Katz recommends the “light, refreshing” fruit smoothie made with a variety of fruits, including pineapple, strawberry, mango, cantalaoupe or apple.
The NASD recommends a combination of fruits in all of its recommendations.
The recommended amounts of vitamin A, B6, D and E for adults range from 1 to 2,300 micrograms per day, and that includes the vitamins and minerals.
The FDA recommends that you consume a minimum of 1,600 microgram per day for the most effective use of vitamin supplements.
“Vitamin C, B1, D1, E1 and E2 are also important for healthy skin, hair and nails,” Katz said.
The average person should be consuming about 400 to 800 microgram daily, or about 4,000 to 7,000 milligrams, of vitamin D, which is necessary for proper functioning of the immune system, and 7,500 to 10,000 microgram of vitamin B12.
The vitamin D in fruits can be absorbed into the bloodstream, which can help to reduce inflammation and the formation of plaque, he added.
“But if you’re consuming too much of these vitamins, it can have a negative effect on the liver and kidney,” Katz explained.
Some fruits can have an impact on blood cholesterol, too, so it’s a good idea to limit the amount of vitamin E in your diet.
“It’s really important that people are eating fruits and other fruits,” Katz added.
When it comes to eating fruits, Katz said, they’re good for the liver, but they’re not a great source of iron, which he said is needed for proper development of the brain and nervous system.
“A good source is whole fruit,” he said, noting that it’s not possible to get enough vitamin A from eating fruits.
“And it’s really good for your heart health, too.
There’s really no reason why people shouldn’t be eating fruit and other vegetables,” he added, noting the vitamin C in fruits also helps to support the immune systems.
“The best fruits for optimal health are those that are low in calories,” Katz noted.
Some fruit juices are made with sugar and some contain added sugar, which has a negative impact on digestion and can be difficult to digest.
But for those with a sweet tooth, the USDA suggested adding a small amount of honey or fruit juice to your smoothie, or if you can’t get the sugar you need, adding a bit of natural sweetener such as agave nectar.
“We recommend eating fruit juice as part of a balanced diet that includes whole fruits and fruit juices, which have an abundance of nutrition,” Katz stated.
“That’s why we have the FDA and the USDA as our health professionals, to help guide you in how to eat your best health and nutrition.”