The Value of Fruit

  • Beeftastic

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    Aug 01, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
    There are a lot of healthy eating philosophies that have been saying fruit is bad for you. They are equating the natural fructose in fruit with the highly processed high fructose corn syrup that is so bad for the body. People also avoid fruit because of the extra calories, but fruit as a whole has way less calories than most other food you could choose.

    But fruit has so many good things going for it, I think the benefits far outweigh any negatives. The main thing that fruit has is it is loaded with enzymes that your body uses to digest food properly. Which means you extract more nutrition from all the food you eat (including absorbing more protein), and you process the calories better, meaning you don't put those calories on as fat.

    Fruit also has things in it to enhance your probiotic bacteria in your body which has many health benefits including weight control.

    Then of course there are all the natural antioxidants and vitamins you get.

    One of the reasons I love summer is for all the naturally ripe fruit that becomes available. I'm loving the peaches this season and I have a perfectly ripe Sharon melon just waiting to be my dessert tonight icon_smile.gif
  • The_Guruburu

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    Aug 01, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    Funny enough, I'm more of a veggie person. I find fruits are often too sweet, don't have the right texture (e.g., grainy apples), have too many seeds, or have some other fault than makes me disinclined to eat them icon_biggrin.gif. There are really only a handful that I like: strawberries, nectarines, tangerines, pluots, avocados, pineapples, and granny smith apples. Everything else, I really have to be in the mood for, and they have to already be prepared. I'm very unlikely to buy a watermelon and cut it up myself, but will have a taste if it's already to eat.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 01, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    The fact that fruit is intended to be eaten by animals should be telling us something....
    And the other great thing about fruit is it`s mostly water; more important than food.
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    Aug 02, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    agree with the OP, I cringe when I hear or read comments about people avoiding fruit because its full of sugar. Like they are eating 5 whole watermelons or 12 apples a day that would negatively effect them

    In the winter my staples are grapefruit, oranges and apples but now in the summer its all about watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, blueberries, plums, peaches and nectarines
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    Aug 02, 2013 3:01 AM GMT
    I'm even more extreme; I don't believe that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is all that bad for you. What's bad about it is that it's very cheap and our brains are wired to like sweet things (and maybe that's why fruit is good for you) so HFCS gets added to anything and everything. In other words, it's all the extra empty calories that are bad, not the HFCS itself.

    Here's a web site put up by the HFCS people; how much is true is anyone's guess (probably not much):

    http://sweetsurprise.com/

    Here's interesting information about the glycemic index, which I believe in. HFCS is very bad on the glycemic index.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/032281_HFCS_sugar.html

    So what I said in the first paragraph is basically wrong it seems.

    On a side note, my grocery store now carries agave syrup made by good 'ol C&H.
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    Aug 02, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    Its good for you !
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    Aug 02, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    I limit my fruit intake except for those with very very low GI/GL. I limit all fast carbs opting for the slow ones like brown rice, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I find if I eat high GI/GL foods I feel sluggish and bloated.

    Not everyone has to eat like I do.
  • goodmagic

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    Aug 02, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    I live on mostly a fruitarian diet. I think I am in the best shape of my life. I am lean and toned. I eat about 9 bananas a day. then for dinner I spinach,avocado,and walnuts which are all brain foods. On the diet I feel as if I have more energy and the fruit doesn't weigh me down.
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    Aug 02, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
    Another option is dried fruit. I eat a lot of it. Good for snacking on during the day. And it's available year round.
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    Aug 02, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    Yummm... Love every single kind! Bought some amazing nectarines today.
  • kew1

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    Aug 02, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
    Lumpynose saidAnother option is dried fruit. I eat a lot of it. Good for snacking on during the day. And it's available year round.


    I love prunes & dried apricots, but they do have a side effect. icon_redface.gif
  • Beeftastic

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    Aug 02, 2013 9:25 AM GMT
    Great article!

    Making the Case for Eating Fruit

    Experts agree that we are eating too much sugar, which is contributing to obesity and other health problems. But in the rush to avoid sugar, many low-carb dieters and others are avoiding fruits. But fresh fruit should not become a casualty in the sugar wars, many nutrition experts say.


    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/making-the-case-for-eating-fruit/?smid=fb-share&_r=0
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    Aug 02, 2013 11:47 AM GMT
    Fruit avoidance is one idea floating around in the paleosphere, and I've always disregarded it. My diet is lowish-carb, with starch being what I avoid. I can eat a plate piled high with 8" of watermelon slices, no problem. But, if I eat the big bowl of rice that sometimes comes with a sashimi platter, I'm likely to fall asleep afterwards. With the exception of a few fruits that don't play nice with my system, I see no negatives at all with fruit.
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    Aug 02, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    paradox saidMy diet is lowish-carb, with starch being what I avoid.
    My theory is that starches with a low glycemic index are ok. That means complex carbs and unrefined grains. Getting sleepy like that is attributed to the blood glucose spiking, which is from foods with a high glycemic index.

    Paleo diet debunking:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo_diet
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    Aug 02, 2013 7:51 PM GMT
    I can handle starch in any form as long as it's in an insignificant quantity. It's a matter of threshold. Regardless of glycemic index, starchy foods eaten as dietary staples are hell on my system.
  • Beeftastic

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    Aug 02, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    I eat a fairly low carb diet, and I try to get at least 50% of my carbs from fruit and veggies.

    I am also very hypoglycemic, so any food high in simple carbs like juice, bread, pasta etc I have to avoid eating alone (I need significant protein to balance it) or early in the day.

    This includes some fruits. One fruit I avoid completely is bananas. I find eating a banana gives me hypoglycemia just as bad as if I ate a candy bar. And recent studies have shown that bananas do indeed spike your blood sugar similar to eating sugar.
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    Aug 02, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    Is peanut butter a fruit?
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    Aug 03, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    If you hear someone saying you should "limit" your fruit intake, you know you're dealing with a very ignorant person. Just plain ole' common sense should tell us that. I feel better, have more energy and just feel better in general when I eat plenty of fruit. The fiber negates any negative effects from the fructose.
  • bishop65

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    Aug 03, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    I eat like 5-9 servings of fruit a day...if not more when its summer! I cannot imagine giving up fruit. The sugar doesn't bother me at all... IT's all good in moderation, I guess.
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    Aug 03, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    I'm with you. No matter how much sense a diet program seems to make, I become a little suspicious if it recommends avoiding all fruit.
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    Aug 03, 2013 1:24 AM GMT


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    You're such a pig. Are cherry pop-tarts considered a serving of fruit?
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    Aug 03, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    My fruit snacks are my favorite parts of the day. Bring on the cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloup, pineapple, watermelon, apricots, grapefruit. Can't get enough!
  • LJay

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    Aug 03, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    Lumpynose saidI'm even more extreme; I don't believe that high fructose corn syrup...made by good 'ol C&H.


    C&H? Croctor & Hamble?
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    Aug 03, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    *eats bag of plums while reading*
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    Aug 03, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    LJay said
    Lumpynose saidI'm even more extreme; I don't believe that high fructose corn syrup...made by good 'ol C&H.
    C&H? Croctor & Hamble?
    California and Hawaiian Sugar Refining Company, company in the SF bay area and still in operation today.