I posted the most basic recipe possible on Instagram last month:

Fruit…. whatever you have close to hand, nuts, seeds, vegetables. Eat the whole fruit or vegetable. Don’t juice it, blend it and spoon it.

@lorclyons asked why, so that’s what we’ll be looking at today.

In a perfect world, you’d eat the whole fruit.

In their natural states, any fruit that you would consider eating in its entirety is better for you that way. This is because fruit is an excellent source of fiber.

You’ve probably heard that a high-fiber diet is good for you blah, blah, blah. But maybe no one has told you that fiber is nature’s drain cleaner. It slowly travels through your digestive track, scrubbing away at your insides, and makes your visits to les toilettes regular, fast and easy.

An added benefit to fiber is that because it takes so long to go through your stomach and intestines, it slowly releases the nutrients locked within. In the case of fruit, this means natural sugar (like fructose). Sugar is still definitely the worst thing you’re adding to your diet, but natural sugar isn’t bad for you. In fact, this is the only kind of sugar you should be eating (if you were in that perfect world I mentioned up top). The amount of sugar you get from a piece of fruit is in no way comparable to an equal amount on a nutritional information label. How can this be? Partly it’s because of the fiber component, but also because one apple will make you feel more sated (full) and take longer to consume than whatever you might eat instead.

The peels are your pals

The peels of fruits that can be eaten whole (not citruses or pineapples, etc.) also contain a plethora of antioxidants and other nutrients that you are either throwing away (if you peel and literally throw out) or not getting at all if you just drink juice. Guess what else the peels have? Fiber, your new best (bowel) friend.

Given all of this, if you can’t eat a whole fruit or you have some that’s a little too ripe, blending is the next best way to go. You lose some of the fiber benefits (because blending breaks some of it down) but not nearly as much as if you’d just had a glass of juice. Commercially available juice has almost no or very little fiber and it basically acts as a direct sugar rush into your system instead of a time-released dose. Plus, with blending, you can add a little variety to the mix: throw in some seeds or a dash of cinnamon. Go crazy if you want!

Lots of local Paris markets (have you been yet?) sell compotes, presumably made from the vendors’ own stock of just-past ideal consumption date produce. Ask the vendors if they are any added ingredients just to be sure, but most are just straight fruit or veg, as marked on the labels.

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