Too much fruit in Diet

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Yes, it can. Mother Nature clearly intended creatures of the earth to eat fruit. Fruit is delicious and appealing to animals so that they can help plants spread their seeds. Fruit offers quick energy in the form of sugar, as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidant pigments, and other phytocompounds that reduce risks of disease.

The main problem with fruit these days is that so little of it available to us is any good. The varieties in commercial production are much less nutritious than ancestral ones. Much fruit is picked before it is ripe, which is favorable to shippers and distributors but not to consumers. Then there is the problem of agrichemical residues.

I try to get organic fruit. If I can’t, I peel fruit when possible or wash it in a weak soap-and-water solution to remove what’s on the surface. However, with some crops, such as strawberries, systemic pesticides are used that permeate the flesh of the fruit and cannot be washed off.

If you’re trying to lose weight, eating a lot of fruit can sabotage your efforts. While calorie counts are modest in many types of fresh fruit, they can skyrocket if you’re sipping a lot of fruit juice, making smoothies (which can add up to 300 calories or more) or consuming a lot of dried fruits, which are a source of concentrated sugar. People who eat a lot of fruit are often health and weight-conscious but can’t understand why they’re not losing pounds.

Eating too much fruit can also raise your serum triglycerides, which can increase cardiovascular risk. The high glycemic load of some forms of fruit can provoke insulin resistance and worsen metabolic syndrome. People with this problem are advised to eat only whole fruits and limit servings of dried fruits to one-quarter cup per day. If you eat canned fruits, choose water-packed products and drain them before serving.

Individuals with diabetes may have to be careful about the fruits they choose, how often they eat them and when they eat them. If you take a look at the glycemic index (GI), a measure of how fast carbohydrate foods (which include fruits) are converted in the body to blood glucose, you'll see that there are big differences between fruits. I recommend choosing the ones that rank low on the GI scale. (Low rankings are those that score below 55; intermediate-GI foods score between 55 and 70, and high GI foods score above 70.) Good choices would include an average-sized apple (38), cherries (22), grapefruit (25), an average-sized orange (44), an average-sized pear (38), or a plum (39). Intermediate GI fruits include banana (55), cantaloupe (65), mango (55), papaya (58), and pineapple (66). High GI fruits include dried dates (103), and canned fruit cocktail (79). If you have diabetes, it is also important to pay attention to the size of the fruit you eat - choose a small or medium-sized apple over a large one (or eat only half of the large one). A quick and easy measure of the right serving size is the amount that can comfortably fit in the palm of your hand.


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I don't think it's too much, but i do think you

2010-03-01 11:26:36 by -

Can make better choices.
for example, don't have the biscotti w/ your breakfast. too many carbs and too much sugar. add some more protein or some more fruit.
sauteed veggies are usually cooked in butter, not a great choice if you're on a diet. fresh or steamed veggies would be a better choice.
dinner sounds good, just watch your portion sizes. sausage isn't the best choice of protein as it's pretty fatty, but as long as you are watching your portion sizes you should be ok.
i'd snack in between breakfast and lunch, and in between lunch and dinner, not after dinner.

Fruits are high in sugar, and too much sugar

2013-01-27 18:41:36 by Cherimoya

Can be counter-productive when trying to lose fat. I would just have 1 or 2 pieces of fruit a day, unless you're very athletic, or your diet is otherwise very low in carbs.
Interesting article on fruit juice

Am I eating too much to lose weight?

2012-08-05 21:23:56 by awkwar__d

I am a female and currently weigh 175 pounds after losing almost 30 pounds. The first 25 pounds came off pretty quickly (within 2.5 months), but I have been at a "standstill" where I have only been losing about 3 pounds a month for the past couple of months. I walk briskly and on an incline for 40 minutes a day, 6 days a week, and have recently started weight training twice a week on top of that.
I'm starting to wonder if I'm eating too much. Can someone knowledgeable please tell me if my diet is not correctly balanced or is too high in one particular area (i.e., protein)? I eat bas

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