To answer your question simply, yes, I do eat fruit. But that generally leads to more questions and confused faces. So here I present to you a short FAQ on fruit.
But fruit has sugar in it?
Yes, yes it does. But considering I don’t eat any sugary foods a little bit of fruit won’t hurt. The sugar in fruit is balanced out by the nutrients and fibre, reducing the impact on the liver. I do eat low fructose fruit and try to eat seasonally as often as I can.
Doesn’t fruit have natural sugar? so isn’t natural good for you?
Well so is asbestos, mercury and cocaine, but that doesn’t make them healthy. Just because something is natural, doesn’t make it healthy.
What about juice?
I don’t drink juice as it is high in sugar. This is because when you juice fruit it extracts the sugar but throws away the fibre and nutrients, which is what slows the impact of sugar on the liver.
And dried fruit?
When a fruit is dried the water is extracted therefore concentrating the sugar. Hence why I avoid dried fruit also.
So what fruit should I eat?
I stick to low fructose fruits, such as berries, kiwi fruit and passionfruit. And limit the amount of moderate-high fructose fruits such as watermelon, mango and bananas. I also stick to no more than two serves of fruit a day no matter what type of fruit I eat.
While fruit does contain fructose, you can still enjoy them in a balanced diet. As long as you don’t go overboard with your fruit intake, it won’t do harm. And where possible, eat low fructose and locally grown seasonal fruit, to not only support your body but support the environment and the local economy.
Just remember… all good things in moderation.