Too Much Fruit?

Can I just tell you how excited I am for Thanksgiving break? I know, I know, I’ve pretty much mentioned it in at least my last 5 posts probably, but it’s really exciting. 9 days away from school–woooo! Now, I do love having a room all to myself, but as I’m one of the only sophomores in my hall, let’s just say that I’m getting really sick of all the immature freshman being loud at the worst possible hours. Like last week, they all decided to chat out in the hall right by my room…at 3 AM! Okay, I know I’m a granny when it comes to bedtime, but staying up til 3 is ridiculous, especially on a school night. Can’t wait for them to grow up and stop screaming and giggling constantly. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the relative peace and quiet of home, seeing my family for over a week, as well as unlimited access to the kitchen. That is for sure the best part!

Anyways, today I have sort of a rant for you guys, so if you’d rather not read, I understand. But honestly, it’s not really that negative, just something that’s really bothered me lately. And it’s about fruit, my favorite food group.

I love fruit on its own...

Who doesn’t love fruit? I’ve loved it my entire life–I was never one of those kids who had no idea what a fresh apple looked like or whatever. We always had fruit around my house, and I’d probably have it at least once or twice a day. Today, I’m such a fruit freak it’s not even funny. I probably have it 4 times a day, at almost every meal or snack. Seriously, I love it that much! I always have to have grapes, bananas, apples, various dried fruits and sometimes even frozen fruit in my dorm because I can’t go a day without it. And you know what, I always thought it was really healthy. I mean, we’re supposed to get like 3 to 5 servings each of fruits and veggies a day, and while I’m sometimes slacking on the veggies, I never neglect my beloved fruit. But now with all this talk about diabetes and obesity, a lot of people are encouraging cutting down on fruit.

...in salsas and gazpachos...

Say what? Fruit is nature’s candy–it’s naturally sweet, with plenty of vitamins and antioxidants and fiber. Most are low in calories and fat, so how can it be that bad? Well, apparently, all the sugar in them. I just recently started using this MyFitnessPal app to track my food (just as an experiment to see how much I’m really eating/burning, NOT to restrict) and I’ve been shocked at how high my sugar intake has been.It’s usually around 60 grams, and they recommend only 25 in a day. I freaked out, but then decided to really look at the numbers. I realized that most of it was coming from fruit. I usually have an apple per day–there goes 10 grams of sugar! Half a banana has basically the same amount, and dried fruit has a TON. But really, it’s not like I’m overdosing on the fruit or anything. I loved dried fruit, but I usually even eat less than the serving size. Having a serving of fruit 4 times a day isn’t really that bad, is it? Well according to this app, I’m probably going to become a diabetic soon.

...as my topping of choice for frozen yogurt...

Honestly, I think it’s completely ridiculous. They should have a disclaimer or something saying that the 25 grams is added sugars only, not the natural ones found in fruit and some veggies. Otherwise, some people might start cutting fruit out of their diets, which isn’t good. Fruit is so healthy for you, in moderation, and some people still don’t even eat the recommended amount. With all this hype about sugar being so bad for you, everyone’s going to start shunning fruit!

...and in overnight oats!

When I subtract the sugars I’m getting from the fruit I eat, I actually end up around their recommended 25 grams. And I love my fruit, so I’m not going to give it up. I don’t care what all these ‘so-called’ experts say–if I want to enjoy an apple with my lunch, or some berries with breakfast, I will! Recovering from an ED, I have enough fear foods as it is without adding fruits to my list. That’s just ridiculous. #rantover

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Okay, this is random, but isn't this like the cutest thing ever? I found this website called cutestpaw.com and it has the most adorable animals on it!

Do you love fruit? What do you think about all this hype about too much sugar and fruit?

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27 thoughts on “Too Much Fruit?

  1. Oh,Ashley,you can’t imagine how thankful I am for this post!
    Sugar is my biggest fear-food EVER – honestly,I am okay with healthy fats and even some carbs,but when it comes to sugar,I am freaking out. Therefore,I used to be afraid of any food that contained sugar,fruit included,and barely ate it in the end… But after months during which I was munching on veggies like a craze because I wanted to get my vitamins in without fruit,I was SO MUCH craving fruit that I finally gave in,had an orange and… yeah,nothing happened. I did NOT die,I did NOT become fat. Everythig that happened was that I felt BETTER,a lot better… Which made me realize: As long as sugar is natural and everything,there’s nothing wrong with it.
    Of course,sometimes I still struggle with these “OMG,don’t have a second serving of fruit,think about the sugar!!”-thoughts,but it has gotten a lot better by now and posts like yours encourage me in the quest to fight them. Thank you! 🙂

    • Awh, I’m so glad I could help you with feeling okay with fruit! Really, it is so good and good for us, and people shouldn’t be bad-mouthing healthy foods, it just makes some people take it to the extreme and start restricting. Keep enjoying your fruit 🙂

  2. Alexandra says:

    Heck yesssssss!!!! I know what app you’re talking about, it’s so freaking dumb! Fruit is glorious, if that app says I’m gonna be diabetic by loving it so much, then I guess I’m screwed haha 😉

  3. Oh yes I have defiitely heard about all of this stuff… Like you said, it’s not something I else I want to have to worry about… I already have enough on my mind with the countless fear foods I have! I love fruit so darn much and will never cut back 🙂

  4. survivingcandyland says:

    I am so pumped for thanksgiving break too! I really just can’t wait to veg out haha. Don’t let all this talk about fruit get you down. Fruit actually has some really powerful properities that help with a variety of benefits. Trust me I am in a functional food class and its all we talk about! Fruit is awesome, never cut back!

  5. Ohmygosh, i am ADDICTED to fruit! theres this little grocers shop opposite my work and when they have all the fresh fruit and veg outside i literally am salivating!!! its weird how most people wouldnt think twice, but i love the stuff.. i eat it at every meal too 🙂
    Im not too worried about the added sugar, cos i think its still HEALTHY sugar. its like sodium, people got all worried about that too, but the food i eat is clean and natural and unprocessed (mostly!) and then i ADD salt, so i dont think its bad cos i dont eat much pre-packaged ready made foods.
    I dunno, i think we have too much to worry about anyways! we get so paranoid about eating the right and wrong things that it takes all enjoyment away from eating! live and let live 🙂

    • This makes so much sense, thanks for your input! I agree on the salt too, it’s much healthier to add a little salt than to buy a lot of prepackaged stuff that has way more sodium in it than just a dash of salt. Plus a little salt (or sugar) really brings out the flavor of food.

  6. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog says:

    I love fruits and how it is sweet naturally! It is the healthiest dessert you could eat. Hah. 🙂

  7. I couldn’t agree more! There’s always such a controversy when it comes to fruit and it’s high sugar content. But, the way I see it, if it comes naturally from the earth- we were MEAN’T to eat it. And we shouldn’t feel the need to restrict something that is so good for us. I feel like the idea of limiting sugar intake should apply mainly to processed and added sugars (the unhealthy stuff!)
    Awesome post, girl. 🙂
    Oh, and PS: I felt the exact same way when I was in school. People running around, screaming all night long was obnoxious.

  8. I used to use that app and have had bad experiences with it – I used to limit my fruit intake to an apple and a banana because I was so worried about the sugar. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a lot of fruit, even though they’re high in sugar they’re also high in fibre which balances it out and allows for a slow release. When you have candy/chocolate etc. you’re just having pure sugar in a high concentration which is obviously not the best idea!

  9. I agree with you. There are a lot of diets out there that highly discourage eating fruits because of the sugar. I mean, I don’t eat a ton every day (even though I love it), but the natural sugars from fruit shouldn’t be thought of in the same way. The only time I think it really makes sense to moderate fruit is if you’re extremely sensitive to sugar levels or something.

    • I love sugar too, but definitely try to keep it in check. But fruit is not the same at all. And I agree, I know some people can’t handle fruit well, but I think those of us that can should definitely enjoy it 😀

  10. Yes I completely agree!! If we’re supposed to be eating a few servings of fruit each day, it makes sense to have higher natural sugar. I think that message is messed up when we are told to have only 25 g addede sugars because of the confusion. I know my sugar consumption is way higher than that, but Im gonna cut out granola bars before I cut out fruit or even dried fruit. Like you said, nature’s candy!

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