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Is fruit really good for you


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They (meaning doctors) always say to have 5 (or 4) pieces of fruit a day.  But as I looked up apples and bananas  on this site, it shows they they have a lot of sugar.  However, I thought that sugar is not good for you.

So how are we suppose to have fruits in our diet when they sugar in them??

Anybody have a clue??
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Fruits have natural sugars which are good for you. Eating a piece of fruit isn't like eating a candy bar.
Fruit sugar is good for you. Plus they have a lot of vitamins and most are low-calorie. I eat them in moderation. About 5 a week. 
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I don't think of fruit like that - they provide many vitimins and minerals we can't get from other foods - plus the taste fantastic!
I eat about 2 pieces of fruit a day, they are very good for you and help you feel full because they have fiber.  I eat berries with my oatmeal in the morning (lots of anti-oxidants) and usually an apple in the afternoon.  But I can't wait until it's peach season!
basically the food world is a mess.
Fat is bad. Fat is good. Sugar is bad. Sugar is good.
its all about balance TOO MUCH sugar is bad. But fruits are sooo healthy so they're worth the natural sugars.
Focus more on why foods are good than why they are bad (except transfats, you dont need those. Or saturated fat. But you neeed good fat and sugar and protein)
When I was trying to lose I ate about 5 a day. And lost it all too fast. Its about calories, not sugar. Just dont eat like all of your calories from sugary puddings.
2-3 a day s fine and healthy. You wont get fat from too many apples :D
 Fruits have natural sugars, called glucose. The body needs glucose like it needs water, so keep eating those fruits!!
fruit is natural...run fast from any diet that tells you to cut out fruit and veggies.
Paula Deen always says that her favorite fruit is banana, then she calls it "the most fattening fruit" (as she takes a bite of a fried pork chop...) But it's full of potassium, and for 100 calories, it may have a lot of sugar but it's really filling.

Apples have a lot of fiber and water and are really low in calories to begin with.

Why do they say to avoid tropical fruits, like bananas, pineapples, and magoes, and instead eat "temperate" fruits (apples, pears, grapes, etc.)?
Fruit is basically the most perfect food for humans.  It's the most easily digested, and works great for most people as the foundation of a good diet.  Fruit includes tomatoes and cucumbers and avocadoes, by the way!

HOWEVER... modern fruit is not like pre-agriculture fruit.  It's way higher in sugar, and way lower in vitamins and minerals.  Organic fruit should be used as much as possible (typically 80% higher in nutrients than conventional produce).  But even then, fruit needs to be balanced with foods that are higher in minerals.

Perhaps that's why chimpanzees never eat a piece of fruit without a couple of leaves!

Why do they say to avoid tropical fruits, like bananas, pineapples, and magoes, and instead eat "temperate" fruits (apples, pears, grapes, etc.)?

Tropical fruits are usually higher in sugar. I don't know which "they" you're referring to -- that makes a big difference.  I doubt you'd hear "them" say such a thing if they were based in the Carribean.

I have found that eating tropical fruit when living in a temperate climate makes me feel totally unbalanced, and eating apples and pears in a tropical climate makes me feel similarly weird.  I ate predominantly temperate-climate fruits when I lived in Toronto, but when I went to Puerto Rico, I was drawn to eating pineapples and bananas.  Normally I can't stand eating much of those things, but in the hot weather it just seemed to make sense.

I never have a problem adapting to the local climate when I eat the local fruits.  I don't know how it works, but it seems that eating climate-appropriate fruits (and probably nuts) assists your body in temperature regulation.

There are also the ecopolitical aspects of eating local foods to think about.  I'd be suspicious of anyone claiming that "the basis of a healthy Canadian diet is pineapple", for example.
no one ever got fat eatin fruit! i eat bout 6 pieces a day, yum yum yum
Fruits also have good carb's to give you fuel for your workouts. *thumbsup*

I've begun eating lots of fruit throughout the day and I've lost weight. :oD
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tidygirl - i say that all the time!  Same with veggies, like corn.. yeah its got sugar.. but come on now, its a veggie!!!!!!  EAT THE FRUIT!!!!  :)
The sugar is really only a concern if you are adding refined sugar to the fruit or if you are having it in juice form (because you miss the fiber and some nutrients).

My nutrition teacher says that if you want to lose weight you should eat 3 pears or apples every day & even if you do nothing else it will help because they are so good for you.  Of course if you also eat healthy otherwise and exercise it will do wonders!

n regards to the tropical fruits; I live in puerto rico currently, and I love it. Mangoes grow in my back yard and I eat them all the time. They give me energy and great sense of mind. Fruit also has live enzymes which digest naturally in your stomach with our body needing to break it down with our enzymes. This means less energy is required to break down the food into usable nutrition and makes us feel more energetic. 

Be careful of nasty conventional fruits containing chemical coatings on the skin. Try fresh local fruit for the best benefit.

 

 

Fruit is fine, but it doesn't have magical properties. Everything found in fruit can be found in vegetables.........in season fruit is magically delicious and I do include them......can't wait until summer to start eating them again.

lol ^^^

 

What a bunch of bs

Original Post by graywolf1971:

They (meaning doctors) always say to have 5 (or 4) pieces of fruit a day.  But as I looked up apples and bananas  on this site, it shows they they have a lot of sugar.  However, I thought that sugar is not good for you.

So how are we suppose to have fruits in our diet when they sugar in them??

Anybody have a clue??

Fructose(fruit sugar) takes twice as long to be processed in your body than glucose or corn sirup(found in soft drinks and sweets). Therefore you won't have excessive amounts of insulin in your blood(fat producing hormones) and you won't have cravings for sweets. PLUS fruits have high amounts of fiber in them, resulting in your stomach getting full quicker. Also minerals and vitamins can be found in them.

Fruits may not be as healthy as vegetables but they are pretty close to them and will satisfy your need for sweet ;)

If you're eating white bread as in hamburger buns you will actually build up MUCH MORE Sugar than an apple ever could, even though it's not listed as sugar in the stats. The Carbohydrates in hamburger buns and other white breads as well as french fries or rice cakes are almost as bad as refined sugar. They also contain almost no fiber at all, therefore won't fill you up at all...

That's because it must first be converted to glucose in the liver, then either released into the bloodstream or stored in the liver as glycogen.

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Show me one article that shows someone's weight going wildly out of control from the consumption of fruit.

Nobody got fat from bananas, hunny!

I'm just waiting for one of the usual "culprits" to look up something about monkeys being overweight and then coming to the conclusion that bananas make you fat and you shouldn't eat them and fruit are evil.

 

 

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