This is my opinion based on what I've read and what my common sense tells me:
Fruit has naturally occurring sugars, like fructose, but comes packaged in the 3:1 ration of fructose to fiber, so it appears that your body and brain are designed to process this at an appropriate rate...unlike, say..fruit juice that is the pure concentrated fructose. Your brain doesn't recognise fructose, and therefore doesn't shut down Leptin, the hormone that tells you you're full. Neither do artificial sweeteners, apparently, which is why recent studies have shown that drinking diet sodas without acompanying fiberous foods, actually stimulated appetites vs. helping people lose weight.
But, back to fruit. My general goal is the absence of lots of processed foods, table sugars, preservatives, etc. Fruit grows on trees, from the ground, etc. and is a "basic"...meaning, it came directly from the earth with very little interference unless someone is injecting fructose in them (which happens, by the way). My personal feelings? It's as naturally occuring as it gets, and as long as I are eating balanced meals throughout the day, I am liberal with them.
Note: As Iisten more to my body, I find that I take a more seasonal approach, and eat more fruit when they are in season...the warmer months.
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