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Is unripe fruit healthier?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 05, 2012 at 4:36 AM

PHD leans away from fruit because of the high fructose content. I'm wondering since unripe fruit is generally not very sweet, does it have a lower fructose content? If so, then might it be a healthier way to eat fruit? Unripe mango is a common ingredient in Latin America and Asia. Not sure what other fruits are typically eaten unripe but some suggestions here would be nice as well. Would also be nice to know if Paleo man ate fruit this way. I can't imagine that fruit was always perfectly ripe for him the entire year, as we typically eat today.

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The similar to Paleo SCD diet, which is optimized for gut health, suggests that it's better to eat the fruit well-ripen because of that reason: polysaccharides are harder to digest, and they end up on the bowel as food for gut bacteria. Fructose on the other hand is a monosaccharides, and it's easier to digest...

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:42 AM

Unripe fruit is not going to be very digestible. Think about it from the perspective of the evolution of the fruit. The plant wants the fruit to be eaten only when the seeds are fully mature. As such, unripe fruit doesn't look pretty, doesn't taste good, and isn't very digestible.

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Plant sugars are stored as starches then broken down into simple sugars during the ripening process, so yeah it would have less fructose, but the carbohydrates would be about the same just in the form of a complex starch or polysaccharides. The cell walls are thicker in unripe fruit too so I'd imagine that it would take longer to digest.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:14 AM

The similar to Paleo SCD diet, which is optimized for gut health, suggests that it's better to eat the fruit well-ripen because of that reason: polysaccharides are harder to digest, and they end up on the bowel as food for gut bacteria. Fructose on the other hand is a monosaccharides, and it's easier to digest...

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:22 PM

Well I enjoy eating unripe blackberries as they can be sweet or a little sour it's a nice treat as they don't fall apart when you pick them

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