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Eating all your carbs from fruit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2013 at 3:22 AM

I tend to eat all my carbs from fruit with an occasional sweet potato or squash thrown in there. I love fruit. In my pre-paleo days I ate a ridiculous amount of fruit, and now I try to limit to 3 servings a day. Today, for instance, I ate two cups of strawberries, an apple, rutabaga salad w/sesame oil, 2 eggs, a burger, turkey, roast beef, pickles, and greens. I know that fruit has more sugar than starches but I'm not really sure what that means or why it's bad? Does anyone else eat fruit as their main carb source?

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1deaea445ff3b1cb5d1354a043dc8fb7

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on May 11, 2013
at 07:16 PM

3 servings of fruit should not pose a problem for almost anyone

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on May 11, 2013
at 03:30 AM

I get most of my carb intake from fruit as well. If your weight is stable (and you're happy with where it is) and you feel well otherwise, I don't see an issue.

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on May 11, 2013
at 03:44 PM

The sugar content of fruit can pose a problem for those with insulin resistance or sugar addiction issues. Fructose can also pose a problem from an oxidative stress and blood lipid standpoint. If you are happy with your weight and have none of the above issues, 5 servings of fruit a day is probably fine. I still don't think fruit should comprise the bulk of somebodies carb source due to the fructose content, which is metabolized differently than glucose.

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on May 11, 2013
at 02:20 PM

It's certainly fine and healthy to get most of your carbs from fruit if you considering that as part of an otherwise "well balanced diet" (plenty of vegetables with sufficient protein and healthy fat for your lifestyle and goals).

However, the problem is that "healthy" is not synonymous with "fat loss," but 9 times out 10 "fat loss" is synonymous with "healthy."

For some people, the sugars in fruit (particularly fructose) can be problematic for fat loss (particularly Europeans), and to others it is not at all. Fructose is different than glucose in that it does not adequately replenish muscle glycogen, but is used as a liver glycogen replenishment. Your liver can only store roughly 100 grams at a time, but your muscles can store on average of 400 grams, leaving a lot more room to play with before you achieve any of what I like to call "negative spill over affects." And again, 400 grams is dependent upon the amount of muscle mass you possess, and if you are fit, generally you have more muscle and even more room than that.

That being said, fruit can still certainly be included in a fat-loss meal plan, just make sure your total calories and macronutrients are being met and that you're not over-doing it. 3 pieces of fruit a day sound fine to me, again, as long as the rest of your diet is fine and calories are controlled (which often don't need to be if you are active and not trying to drop weight/fat).

If your fat loss is stalling and fat loss is your goal, then that would be a good time to reduce your fruit consumption, maybe in favor of starch if you are a non-endurance athlete/engage in glycolytic work (i.e. stuff that involves shorter bursts of power output from your muscles, which use stored glycogen for energy from starches/glucose). Personally, for the majority of the year when I'm not actively trying to cut body fat, I eat a good mix of fruit and starch, and certainly some days eat only fruit to meet my carbohydrate calories.

I hope that helps you out.

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on May 11, 2013
at 04:15 PM

This site SPAMLINK suggests getting carbs from wholegrain breed and porrige - they are the best sources

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on May 11, 2013
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this is an odd comment on a paleo forum

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