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Is carrot and fruit allowed on paleo?

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Created July 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

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Ladies and gents im just curious as to whether fruit is allowed on the paleo diet? I am a huge lover of oranges, mangos, strawberries. Basically all fruits. I also love salad with plenty, and i mean plenty of carrot. I have been told that the carbs in carrot may push you out of ketosis. Any replies will be welcomed and appreciated :-)

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Appreciate the feed back cliff :-))

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Thank you julie :-)

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Melissa and ben61820, thanx so much for the reply. Very much appreciated :-)

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at 03:10 PM

Well if you live in tropical Africa or on a Pacific island then I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem finding a pineapple or a coconut. But I'm from mid west Canada, and there sure as hell isn't much wild fruit growing around there...

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Fruit is NOT sparse in many, many parts of the world. It literally falls off trees. In tropical Africa, in forests, on Pacific islands, in much of Asia there is tons of fruit all year round (though what fruit there is changes with the seasons).

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I don't see how the fibre could have a moderating effect on the absorption of the fructose. You'll still metabolise the same amount of fructose, just slower. Ditto alcohol- you get less drunk if you eat, insofar as the peak amount of alcohol effecting you is lower, but you still metabolise the same amount of alcohol eventually. If fibre did reduce fructose absoprtion this would be a *bad* thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose_malabsorption. I'm willing to be proven wrong if there is some mechanism by which fibre reduces the various downsides.

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David, my understanding was that fructose in fruits did not cause the amount of harm that it would if ingested on its own, because it's accompanied by lots of fiber which has a moderating effect on the absorption of fructose. Like drinking alcohol while eating, as opposed to drinking on an empty stomach.

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:05 PM

As Robb Wolf says "if it grows from the ground or has a face and a mother, it's probably paleo". So fruit and carrots are definitely "allowed" in a paleo lifestyle. I find that if you always ask yourself the question "what would I do in nature" that you'll always come up with the right answer. So, would you find fruit or carrot available in nature? Absolutely. However, it is seasonal and sparse typically. We did not have big grow operations and fruit farms as hunter gatherers, so I would keep your fruit intake moderate, and your root veggies occasional too.

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on July 20, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Fruit is NOT sparse in many, many parts of the world. It literally falls off trees. In tropical Africa, in forests, on Pacific islands, in much of Asia there is tons of fruit all year round (though what fruit there is changes with the seasons).

E8022f05c250e19a65b92207dd1630ca

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Well if you live in tropical Africa or on a Pacific island then I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem finding a pineapple or a coconut. But I'm from mid west Canada, and there sure as hell isn't much wild fruit growing around there...

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on July 20, 2011
at 11:46 AM

Being in ketosis permanently ins't paleo. Fruits and carrot are definitely paleo.

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Appreciate the feed back cliff :-))

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on July 20, 2011
at 11:44 AM

Absolutely- one rule of thumb is that if something is edible raw, it's a-ok. Another way to make choices is just to think "Will this make me more healthy or less healthy?" Fruits & carrots win on both counts, but they certainly can keep you out of ketosis. I've never gotten into ketosis while doing paleo though; you don't necessarily have to make this a low-carb diet, but I think it's a good idea to play with different amounts of carbs to see what makes you feel best.

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on July 21, 2011
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Thank you julie :-)

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on July 20, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Some say we evolved eating fruits. Some say humans would have never developed such a big brain without sugars to fuel it.

Other say fruit should only be eaten seasonally, if at all. Some say fruit will make you fat, or give you fatty liver disease.

Still others say that eating fruit signals hormonal mechanisms which deliver the message that "there is plenty of fuel our there, it is feast time, all is well."

It's summer and I'm eating fruit salad!

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:17 PM

When you're done losing weight feel free to eat a little fruit and carrots. I am usually in ketosis but if someone were to offer me a few beautiful organic strawberries from the farmers market or their garden NO WAY would I turn that down. No around here got fat eating strawberries! However, if in your journey you find that certain fruits lead you to stray to more unsavory "cheats" then I would skip the fruit and carrots until you've kicked the sugar addiction. My $.02

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:11 PM

You don't have to be in ketosis to be paleo. If you want to be in or near ketosis, then yes, you need to limit carbohydrate and protein somewhat.

Fruit in excess- although the same would apply if you got huge amounts of calories from carrots- would be considered suboptimal, because it would entail large amounts of fructose which glycates easily and causes fat to preferentially accumulate in the liver. I would say, as a rule of thumb less than 50g fructose is desirable.

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:40 PM

I don't see how the fibre could have a moderating effect on the absorption of the fructose. You'll still metabolise the same amount of fructose, just slower. Ditto alcohol- you get less drunk if you eat, insofar as the peak amount of alcohol effecting you is lower, but you still metabolise the same amount of alcohol eventually. If fibre did reduce fructose absoprtion this would be a *bad* thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose_malabsorption. I'm willing to be proven wrong if there is some mechanism by which fibre reduces the various downsides.

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:17 PM

David, my understanding was that fructose in fruits did not cause the amount of harm that it would if ingested on its own, because it's accompanied by lots of fiber which has a moderating effect on the absorption of fructose. Like drinking alcohol while eating, as opposed to drinking on an empty stomach.

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