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Thomas Hoey of Long Island Banana Corp. Defends Nutritional Quality of Fruit

Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

While the “green movement” and other fresh food trends have gained the attention of many Americans in recent years, produce industry maven Thomas Hoey notes that many continue to hold a negative view of fruit. Specializing in bananas at the Long Island Banana Corp., Hoey explains that while fruits do have a carb-rich makeup, it does not mean that people should avoid eating a diverse collection of produce goods. As such, Hoey points to a recent article from ABC News that highlights “five reasons fruit isn’t making you fat.”

In the article, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD explains the reason why many people may end up misperceiving the nutritional benefits of fruit. Sass states, “Sugar has been making headlines as of late, with celebrities and trainers alike singling it out as one of the key culprits in America's obesity crisis. Trouble is, fruit–because it contains natural sugar–sometimes gets lumped in with foods like baked goods, candy and sugary drinks, and as a result, unnecessarily shunned. But in my private practice, I still recommend eating fruit–even for clients trying to lose weight.”

Thomas Hoey responds, “It is incredibly important for people to understand the importance of fruit within a daily diet. A recent study even suggested that those who eat fewer than five servings of fruits or vegetables may even be reducing their longevity.”

According to Thomas Hoey, Sass’ observation in the article shine a light on some of the more important nutritional aspects of fruit—which may prove surprising to many dieters. For example, the article explains, “[Research] has found that people who eat more servings of fruit have lower BMIs, even more so than veggie eaters. Scientists aren't sure why, but it may be because fruits tend to replace higher calorie goodies and treats, whereas veggies tend to be add-ons…In addition, emerging research indicates that consuming more produce is tied to smaller waist measurements and lower body fat percentages, even without taking in fewer calories, meaning that the quality of your calories is key.”

In addition to this observation, the ABC News article reveals that many fruits contain water, fiber and antioxidants that can drastically improve health. Fruits can also provide an exceptional array of “beauty benefits” and are known to provide “endurance-boosting” energy.” While most fruits are recognized to have some important nutritional qualities, Hoey adds that it is important to have a varied diet as the benefits of each produce item can vary.

“Bananas are a great example of how diverse the nutritional qualities of a fruit can be. For example, they contain more carbohydrates, vitamin A, iron and phosphorous than an apple provides. In addition, they can be used as a cooking substitute for those who are looking to need to stay away from cholesterol,” Thomas Hoey concludes.


Thomas Hoey Jr. is a proven business professional whose history extends from a long line of successful fruit merchants. Hoey is currently the owner of Long Island Banana Corp., which specializes in importing bananas—as well as a full of line of other produce items—from Central and South America to the New York metropolitan area. This company is known for ripening its produce directly at the Long Island Banana Corp. facility, thus guaranteeing that each piece of fruit is delicious and perfect, ready for the consumer to enjoy.

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