Is Fruit Bad For You?

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A phrase Ive heard often – “but isn’t fruit bad because of the sugar in it?”

So let’s break this down.

— Why do people say that?

Yes fruit is carbohydrate and therefore contains sugars, but it does contain a number of different versions (fast medium and slower releasing ones)

When broken down, no matter what speed, our body sees sugar as sugar, whether it’s natural or man made, this raises the release of insulin a fat storing hormone, and if you’re sedentary you need less carbohydrates in your daily diet.

— Added benefits

Fruit also contains nutrients – vitamins and minerals the body can use, unlike cakes, biscuits and sweets, but it also contains some fibre to SLOW down the digestion and release of this sugar – again unlike confectionary.

— So is it ok?

Yeah Ive never seen anyone become over weight through eating fruit- it’s always the rest of the regular diet which is letting them down.
Sure if you’re eating too much sugar generally and eating fruit then I’d look to cut back- have more raw veg as a snack – lower sugar, more fibre for fullness and still containing vitamins and minerals.

Whereas all the talk is around at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, personally I’ll only have one of those as fruit and unlimited as vegetables.

Hope that lays some myths and worries to rest?!

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