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Food Snubbing: Fruit

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I'm a big believer that eating foods as close to the way God made them is the healthiest way to go. So when people start villainizing fruit I get a little irritated.

The biggest beef I hear people raise about fruit is that it has so many sugars. And of course it does indeed have a natural source of sugar in it, since it tastes sweet. But the key word here is NATURAL. It's sweet in the form sweet is supposed to be: In a food un-tampered and strait from nature. There are fiber and other nutrients in fruits that, when eaten in moderation (more about that later), make their sugars a not-very-big concern. The components of fruit are compatible with each other for maximum benefit to our bodies. God's was kinda smart that way: When He made us and then made fruit as one of the foods for us to eat, He sorta knew what He was doing.

The problem comes in when you take fruit apart and mutilate it. You remove the skin. You smoosh it up and leave the pulp behind. You bathe it in sugar and white flour and shortening and put it in the oven and call it pie. "But hey!", folks reason, "It's got fruit in it! That means it's at least a little good for me, right?" Er...... not really. You just destroyed the integrity of a whole food.

I'm not saying never enjoy a piece of apple pie. Into everyone's life a little dessert must fall. What I am saying is that a piece of apple pie should be a rare treat, and a whole apple should be a regular occurrence.

No one can ever deny that the healthiest way to eat an apple is just bite into it raw- peel and all.

And fructose? Yes, it's fruit sugar, but again, it's been separated from the fruit. By the time it gets processed out it's as poor nutritionally as plain white sugar. So don't think that a food that uses fructose as opposed to sugar is any better for you. It's not.

BUT we must keep in mind that fruit DOES have more dietary sugars than other natural foods and CAN contribute to a stall in weight loss if it is over eaten. It would be hard to get extremely overweight from eating too much fruit (although not impossible). But on the other hand, it would be easy to stall your weight loss if you over-indulge. I've actually seen this happen with the Weight Watchers program, which, last I knew, let folks have unlimited fruits as long as they stop eating when they are satisfied. Hey.... If those people knew how to stop when they were satisfied, they wouldn't need Weight Watchers in the first place! Unlimited non-starchy veggies? It would be really hard to eat enough of those to stop weight loss. But unlimited fruit, which is much more calorie dense? It's very conceivable a stall would happen. (If you want to know more, I blogged about tweaking the Weight Watchers program to get around this and other issues here:

One last word: Often when someone wants to "Cut in" or "lean out" a coach will recommend omitting fruit to get those last 2 or 3 pounds off. Keep in mind: This is a TEMPORARY situation. Reduction of every little bit of dietary sugars, even in the most natural forms, WILL help you shed some water weight for something like a photo shoot or figure show. Living the rest of your life without eating fruit (or dairy- another thing that gets cut for situations like this) is unrealistic and denies your body nutrients it needs in their most readily-absorb-able and natural forms.

So limit fruit to one or two pieces a day, and enjoy every last bite without guilt. It won't hurt you, and will deliver nutrients that aren't available in many other foods.
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    OOOH, I am catching up on your most excellent blogs now!!! I LOVE fruit! My BF is cutting out sugar and carbs right now so I am eating the bounty of summer in secret! I suspect that his sugar fast will come to an end shortly as our mango tree is giving off huge quantities of fruit right now!
    1547 days ago
    When I went to the gym I over heard one of the coaches suggest cutting out some fruits. I thought it was nuts unless diabetes is issue. You hear so much about certain foods it is mind boogling.
    1583 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Even apple pies can be modified to be decent foods. Just don't follow conventional recipes. Hmm! You got me thinking now.
    1586 days ago
    You are my hero! First the wheat blog and now the fruit blog! Fantastic! It has always puzzled me why so many people are anti-fruit - fiber and nutrients in a portable package!
    Thank you again for a great and thoughtful blog!
    1621 days ago
    Another great blog... moderation in all things. And no, pie isn't ok because it has fruit in it.
    1624 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Agree with others, this series is GREAT. Common sense to me (but if common sense were only as common as it should be...)
    Love fruit. Eat it often. A great way to snack when you are hungry. Delicious pears with juice running down your chin.....
    1625 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    As a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I temporarily fell into the free food fruit trap after they announced it was a "free food". I was already eating the proper amount of fruit per day (when most weren't eating any fruit) and then I added more. I stalled my weight loss and made my own deduction that I was eating too much fruit, even though I couldn't find the research to back it up. I have since cut back and think I'm seeing better results. Thanks for sharing!
    1625 days ago
    Fruit is an important part of our diet. Eating it is important to meeting nutrient goals. Most people don't eat enough. If people are worried about sugar, they can take a walk to burn glucose.

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    Comment edited on: 5/6/2013 10:49:28 AM
    I usually eat whole fruit as a dessert.
    1625 days ago
    I totally agree about the fruit, I have seen such great results eating my fruits and veggies.. Its amazing how great they taste..sometimes I think am cheating, lol
    Of course I did not always feel this way, but I went paleo in March and have not missed chocolate or bread.. my blood sugar is leveled and the energy is totally amazing.. One day when I get to my goal I hope to incoporate bread!! but after seeing 29 pounds leave my body it will be really hard having a pizza when I do not even crave it...

    1625 days ago
    As usual - a great blog! And avocados are another fruit that get a bad rap!
    1626 days ago
    I'm loving your series! I'm a big fan of "everything in moderation" and I don't buy into the food fads. "God's was kinda smart that way: When He made us and then made fruit as one of the foods for us to eat, He sorta knew what He was doing. " Love it!
    1626 days ago
    Love it! Love it! Love it!

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    Great blog!
    Thank you!

    1627 days ago
    Love this!! Thanks Nancy!
    1627 days ago
  • NEEDBU66
    I was always told the best food is that straight from the ground tree or bush. To walk around the outside of the grocery store to buy food, and leave that processed stuff, located in the middle, alone. I don't, usually, but I try to get most of it from around the outside, anyway emoticon .
    1627 days ago
    Love it!
    And bananas. Seriously. Bananas get a bad rap. I hear people saying they don't eat bananas because they are full of carbs or sugar or fat. I shake my head at them. Unless they are eating 10 a day, one a day won't hurt 'em.
    1627 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Another excellent and informative blog Nancy. Nothing quenches a need for a sweet treat like juicy apple. All you need to do is wash it and enjoy it. What could be easier?


    1627 days ago
    Good advice! Thanks!
    1627 days ago
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