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December 26, 2019
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Fruit is absolutely healthy and can help you reach your goals – in the right quantities.
They're full of nutrients, packed with fiber, and can make for a great snack or part of a protein-focused breakfast!
Personally, I blend up frozen mixed berries in my post-workout smoothie.
Just remember that fruit, like every other food, obeys the laws of thermodynamics.
So, simply be aware of the calories (and carb and fiber content if you’re following a lower-carb diet):
Where fruit can get you in trouble is if you start to move in the direction of “fruit-like”:
#1) Fruit juices (cranberry juice, orange juice, grape juice): these are high calorie, sugar-filled beverages.
For example, here are the calories in one 8 oz serving of:
#2) Dried fruit: notoriously easy to overeat because they are so small. Since the water has been taken out, all that’s left is the sugar and fiber.
Here’s 1 serving of raisins, which is 108 calories and 21 g of sugar:
If you are saying “I eat 5x that many raisins when I eat them…” then multiply those calorie and sugar numbers by 5!
3) Fruit Smoothies: Just because it’s a fruit smoothie doesn’t mean it won’t make you fat! Have you seen the calorie count and sugar content of smoothies and ‘green drinks’? Yikes.
To recap: fruit is healthy, provided you stick to fresh or frozen and not fruit-like food, dried fruit, or canned fruit packed in syrup.
If you enjoy a small glass of orange juice occasionally, or you pack a serving of raisins in your lunch and it makes life worth living, by all means!
Just don’t chug OJ by the gallon, drink a 64 oz “real fruit smoothie,” and eat raisins by the handful and then wonder why you’re not losing weight.
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