Can Fruit Actually Be Bad For You?

In this week's episode of 'Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty', Rachel visited local food scientist Vic Cherikoff and learned some devastating facts about her favourite fruit.

While Rachel is an avid fruit-lover, she received quite the shock when she discovered some of her favourite fruits contain the sugar content equivalent to a can of soft drink.

Vic - who believes we should pursue a "wild foods" diet - had these tips for Rachel and her viewers: 

Check your mango intake

Hot off the back of Summer, most Aussies are probably still reaping the benefits of mango season. However, Vic warns against eating too much of this tasty tropical treasure.  In fact, Vic says a mango can have 3 per cent MORE sugar than a can of cola. Oh my...

Fresh fruit isn't always fresh

If you're like Rachel, you probably love to indulge in an orange juice with your brekky. Yet, oranges are often imported from around the world, and when they arrive in your fruit bowl they don't have the same nutritional potency. 

"By the time you're getting an orange that might have come from Florida or from California or whatever, there's almost no Vitamin C to it, and that orange juice might be celebrating it's first year off the tree," Vic said. 

Fruit is being grown to taste sweeter 

While traditionally, many stone fruits were smaller and more sour in taste, Vic says these qualities are being bred out by producers. Why? Because people prefer the sweeter taste. The problem? More sugar!

Some greens are just water

Vegetables are often praised for their high-nutritional contents. However, don't think that lettuce in your salad is going to do much to improve your health. While it's not bad for you, it's really just water. Vic says the more bitter the green - the better!

Colourful veggies are good news

Finally, something positive! If you've been chowing down on sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin or beetroot - you can pat yourself on the back. Vic says the foods high in beta-keratin are nutrient-rich and great for your health! Added bonus: they're great for anti-ageing purposes. 

Spice up your life

If there's one food type you're allowed to go crazy with, it's herbs and spices! Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper - the list goes on! According to Vic, these vital ingredients are key to helping you digest and detox.

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