I actually get asked this question quite a bit and I totally get why. We all try to find ways to balance our diets and be healthy, but there are some things that, even though they’re fresh and considered whole foods, still leave us wondering—is this really good for me? Fruit definitely falls in this category.
I’m obviously not a doctor or even a nutritionist for that matter, but I do spend a lot of my time cooking and reading about food. So the information below is based purely on that self-taught knowledge and my own personal experiences.
Here are my thoughts on eating/avoiding fruit:
Everything in moderation
We all know fruit has sugar in it, but what makes it different than the stuff you find in the candy aisle is the sugar in fruit is naturally occurring. Does that magically make it better for you though? No, not exactly. However, fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber while your favorite gummy worms or hard candies do not.
So if you ever hear someone say if you’re going to eat fruit, you might as well eat candy, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. But like any other carb (yes, sugar is a carb), you should try to eat it in moderation.
Reach for berries
I’ve learned from doing a bit of research on the keto diet (that’s a topic for a different day) that if you are trying to eat a lower-carb diet, it’s best to reach for berries. Think blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. They tend to have slightly less sugar in them and are packed with lots of vitamins and antioxidants.
Consider the time of day
Something I try to keep in mind when I eat fruit is to eat it in the first half of the day. I’ve read that eating sugars after 2 pm can spike your blood sugar and because it’s later in the day, your body might not have time to stabilize it, which can lead to weight gain. I’m definitely not saying don’t eat fruit in the late afternoon or evening if you want to, but if you ever hear someone say they don’t like to eat it in the evening, this might be why.
For me, I love a good fruit and yogurt situation in the morning or a green smoothie supplemented with berries and mango. Or, if you like to finish your lunch with something sweet, pack berries for a little dessert!
If you’re looking for a yes or no answer when it comes to avoiding fruit, I would say no, don’t avoid it. But if you want to be more intentional about the sugar you eat, definitely consider my tips above.
I hope this is helpful for anyone who has ever wondered about avoiding fruit! If you have any other questions you’d like to see us answer, send us a DM over on Instagram!