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is it bad to eat too much fruit?


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So I eat a ton of fruit, I have my breakfast, lunch and dinner but my snacks are always fruit and I have fruit with my meals also...? I'm just not sure if eating that much fruit is a good thing? Might be a dumb question...
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Fruit has a lot of sugar in them, and are acidic ( a lot of them are at least), so I would moderate myself (unless you're gaining) to about two servings on a regular day, and get the other vits and minerals and fiber from vegs instead. Of course I dont think a bunch of fruit on rare occasions are harmful in any ways, but I'm thinking about your teeth too. Remember never to brush teeth until 30 mins after you have had fruit, so the acid wont brush of your enamel.

BUT: fruit is loads better than candy! :)

*pokes topic header* If you ever have to refer to anything you're eating as "too much",  then you're probably eating too much.

Fruit is better than candy, but it still is a lot of sugar - and while it is NATURAL sugar, its still a LOT of sugar, especially depending on whether your regular fruits are the high sugar types (grapes, bananas, oranges, etc) or not.

From a nutrition point of view, as long as eating all that fruit isn't preventing you from having a balanced diet (e.g. your vitamin C levels are through the roof, but your vitamin A and protein levels are too low) then it should be fine. I wouldn't aim to eat more than one portion (roughly 80 - 100g) of any particular fruit in a day though, or it'll have limited benefit (but still won't harm you). Obviously, nothing is good in gross excess so if you eat an entire watermelon in one go, there's a good chance that your bowels won't thank you for it! Still, it sounds like you're just having sensible amounts, so you're probably fine.

However, it would be worthwhile asking your dentist for advice about your fruit intake, as I believe the acid can damage your teeth (though I have to admit, I know next to nothing about the science of teeth!)

If you do want to try boosting your veg intake (usually, nutritional advice is that you eat more veg than fruit) then there are lots of veg based snacks that you could try. And definitely more exciting than the usual carrot sticks!

my doctor told me this once and its allways stuck with me. she said 'you can never eat too much fruit and veg'  and i truly believe this to be absolutly right. as long as your getting a good variety of foods and not just eating 1 kind.

just watch your calorie intake from the fruit. things like bananas and mangos are quite high, and dried fruit is really high. but its still better than junk food!

i eat tonnes of fruit as well, id rather overeat on fruit than anything else because its really healthy and full of vitamines ect. i make fruit smoothies for breakfast every morning consisting of 2 apples, 2 pears, 2 peaches and a splash of fruit juice. its really yummy and you can use any combination of fruit you like. i have smoothies as a snack as well inbetween meals and i eat fruit like melons, mangos or bananas for desert. fruit salad for lunch is a good one too.  

as long as you count your calories and make sure you get a variety of other healthy foods as well you can eat as much fruit as you like! dont believe anyone that tells you too much fruit is bad for you, thats just not true at all. all that fiber it grate for your digestive system, you'll never get constipated Wink and its packed full of nearly all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.

TOO MUCH FRUCTOSE!!!

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/10-reasons-why- fructose-is-bad/

fruit is healthy, but it is very high in sugar and should be eaten in moderation. 

stick to low GI, lower sugar, higher fiber fruits (berries, apples, pears, lemons, limes.. etc) avoid melons and tropical fruits, they usually are very dense and contain a lot of sugar for very little fiber, therefore have a high glycemic index

 for general health its okay to eat a little more fruit, but if you're looking for a lean body then its best to keep fruit to a minimum and replace it with fibrous veggies 

 

You will get different opinions on this-- personally I think fruit is amazing and I let myself have as much as I like as long as I stay within my calorie limit.  It has loads of fiber, micronutrients, vitamins, and strong anti-cancer properties and while yes it is sweet, it is naturally sweet and not refined sugar like you find in candy.  However I do not drink fruit juice or eat canned fruit, and I eat dried fruit (like raisins) in very limited quantities, about 2 tbs a day-- otherwise I only eat fruit raw, with the skin.  Occasionally I will use a home juicer to juice fruit or carrots but I never drink pasteurized/ bottled juice.

Of course, eat veggies too, especially leafy greens and cruciferous veggies!

I also eat tons of fruit! I eat fruit for breakfast, fruit as a snack between lunch and dinner, and fruit with dinner and sometimes after dinner. I think it's fine as long as you're staying within your calorie limit and eating varieties of fruit. It is a lot of sugar, but it's better than eating processed sugar like candy! And just make sure you're eating your vegetables as well :)

Original Post by carmenxox:

TOO MUCH FRUCTOSE!!!

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/10-reasons-why- fructose-is-bad/

fruit is healthy, but it is very high in sugar and should be eaten in moderation. 

stick to low GI, lower sugar, higher fiber fruits (berries, apples, pears, lemons, limes.. etc) avoid melons and tropical fruits, they usually are very dense and contain a lot of sugar for very little fiber, therefore have a high glycemic index

 for general health its okay to eat a little more fruit, but if you're looking for a lean body then its best to keep fruit to a minimum and replace it with fibrous veggies 

 


I've asked you this before but please stop spreading Paleo propaganda and nonsense, dirtying up the boards.

Let me put it this way: none of us got here from eating too much fruit. ;)

 

If fruit is your snack, and it's replacing proccessed foods, go for it girl!

exactly, fruit is healthy. as long as you stay within your calories, eat as much as you like! :)

Original Post by fionaaleksoska:

exactly, fruit is healthy. as long as you stay within your calories, eat as much as you like! :)

I second this and all the other posters who say the same. Of course its a lot of sugar, but hey... if fruit makes you stick to your healthier eating plan then go for it!

Noone ever got fat by eating too much fruit! Laughing

Original Post by ajaro:

Original Post by carmenxox:

TOO MUCH FRUCTOSE!!!

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/10-reasons-why- fructose-is-bad/

fruit is healthy, but it is very high in sugar and should be eaten in moderation. 

stick to low GI, lower sugar, higher fiber fruits (berries, apples, pears, lemons, limes.. etc) avoid melons and tropical fruits, they usually are very dense and contain a lot of sugar for very little fiber, therefore have a high glycemic index

 for general health its okay to eat a little more fruit, but if you're looking for a lean body then its best to keep fruit to a minimum and replace it with fibrous veggies 

 


I've asked you this before but please stop spreading Paleo propaganda and nonsense, dirtying up the boards.

I'm not spreading paleo "propaganda" this article just so happens to be on a paleo site (not that there is anything wrong with that)

if you'd prefer I can go and find one of the other million articles about the dangers of fructose over-consumption that are not on a paleo sites.. would that please you? 

whats 'paleo' ?

you can never exceed the ul of any vitamin/mineral by eating alone. calorie wise i think it might depend on the fruit. try binging on bananas on daily basis, they're 100 calories each. you'd gain a few pounds within a few weeks.

Original Post by plutonium_239:

you can never exceed the ul of any vitamin/mineral by eating alone. calorie wise i think it might depend on the fruit. try binging on bananas on daily basis, they're 100 calories each. you'd gain a few pounds within a few weeks.

  not if you kept within your daily calorie target. but if you went over then obviously you would gain, as you would no matter what you were eating.

Original Post by carmenxox:

I'm not spreading paleo "propaganda" this article just so happens to be on a paleo site (not that there is anything wrong with that)

if you'd prefer I can go and find one of the other million articles about the dangers of fructose over-consumption that are not on a paleo sites.. would that please you? 

Its unfortunate that none of those are researched backed, and are all ridiculous attempts at alarm-ism. Or...maybe it is fortunate, because fruit is great. Don't worry, I've looked into it.

Original Post by fionaaleksoska:

Original Post by plutonium_239:

you can never exceed the ul of any vitamin/mineral by eating alone. calorie wise i think it might depend on the fruit. try binging on bananas on daily basis, they're 100 calories each. you'd gain a few pounds within a few weeks.

  not if you kept within your daily calorie target. but if you went over then obviously you would gain, as you would no matter what you were eating.

true, but binging on bananas kind of makes it hard to keep it within daily calorie target lol i have this problem with bananas cause i'd eat 8 of them in one day, that's around 1000 kcals. then i would go and have my other meals as i would have on days i'm not binging bananas so the total daily calorie ends up in the 2000 kcal range (a little too much for me since i'm 5'7" and 120 lbs). not really a problem for me since on normal banana free days i eat ~800 kcal (yeah, i know it's too little, but i just don't like the taste of grains very much). point is, if you're gonna binge on a fruit, choose a fruit that's low in calories ex. papaya.

I will start by saying I love fruit. In fact I love food LOL! 

I didn't see anyone mention the high carb content thats also present in fruit. (If someone did, I apologize for missing it). I completely agree that fruit is great for you but IF you are trying to lose weight I personally believe based on my own experience that it can slow the process because of the natural sugar and carbs both of which are glucose energy stores that if not burned along with everything else we eat, will be stored as fat.

I often notice people talking about "healthy" foods and weight loss. I believe that healthy foods like fruit for example aren't the best choice when it comes to weight loss. Yes it's healthy and great for you but so is whole wheat bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta but those high carb healthy foods are going to occupy the metabolism with glucose when it could be burning body fat instead.

I lost all of my weight (160 pounds) by limiting my carb and natural sugar intake, counting my calories, choosing foods that were/are protein based and very low in fat, and I eliminated refined sugar completely unless it was cheat day. I also try to keep sodium to a minimum which is sometimes hard to do.

When I began my journey at 408 pounds in late 2007 I knew based on research I had conducted that if I ate a low calorie, low carb, low fat, low sodium, protein based diet, excluding processed foods and refined sugar the best that I could, my metabolism would quickly burn the calories and protein I consumed, then start burning fat. I confirmed this theory about protein based low carb eating by my own personal weight loss results but also through a professional body builder who I had met along the way. I know this type of eating lifestyle can be challenging and it's not for everyone but it worked for me and changed my life. 

Today, now in maintenance mode, I enjoy fruit on occasion but have continued enjoying a protein based diet getting my carbs from veggies and the occasional granola bar. If it's cheat day, then all bets are off! I eat clean 90% of the time focusing on food as fuel and for pleasure about 10% of the time. It's worked well for me and I do recommend it to anyone wanting to lose weight. Like I said, it's not for everyone but it was sure right for me.

turst me, if you just eat fruit all day and stay under 2000 calories you will loose weight. obviously you would not be eating a balanced diet, but the fruit is not going to make you fat. there are people who just eat fruit and nothing else and they are all stick thin vegans. im not suggesting you eat fruit to this extream but my point is that fruit does not make you fat. refined sugars in cakes, sweets, chocolate, biscuits ect and fat in meat, cheese, oil ect along with high amounts of bread, pasta ect will make you fat and these are the things you should be limiting, not fruit.  

Original Post by fionaaleksoska:

refined sugars in cakes, sweets, chocolate, biscuits ect and fat in meat, cheese, oil ect along with high amounts of bread, pasta ect will make you fat and these are the things you should be limiting, not fruit.  

you were on a roll until this part. Then I just got sad.

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