No fruit at all

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Hi guys,

I'd say I'm about 75% strict paleo, with rare lapses of bread/pasta or a random sugary dessert

(you know you're pretty paleo when you have the random pasta-in-a-restaurant dish and have some bad effects after it)

What I find myself never really eating is fruit. Maybe I'm just too busy to buy it, or it just goes bad too fast. There are some rare occasions that I buy berries. And I feel like no other fruits are sneaking into my diet save for a super rare dessert that might have a stray berry or banana or apple slice in it.

Is this bad? I know there's been much talk about the dangers of fructose, but am I missing out on many nutrients and antioxidants found specifically in stone fruits, for example?

Also, I drink wine here and there, which I know isn't really paleo because of the sugar alcohols, but could the antioxidants of red wine be good for me at least a teensy tiny bit? : ) hope so



on May 25, 2011
at 08:17 PM

You might find comfort in reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's book, Diabetes Solution. There is no need to eat fruit. Dr. Bernstein explains the what, how and why in a delightful, easy-to-understand way. His book gave me the courage to stop eating fruit. I eat herbs and a very few vegetables for the micronutrients. I count on meat, offal, egg yolks, fish, and butter for the great majority of nutrients. As Dr. Harris says, "eat foods which are defenseless when dead". Plants bite back. http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/1896-plants-bite-back.html Hope this helps!



on May 19, 2011
at 11:00 PM

only fruit I eat is when it grows in my yard. I do drink wine occassional but eat no fruit at all for most of the year.



on May 19, 2011
at 08:52 PM

@ Grok and AC did she mention low carb in her post anywhere? She doesn't eat it because she busy or it rots in her fridge. No one's taking about carb counts here as far as I can tell.



on May 19, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Just a semi-random comment. I was "mostly Paleo" for years, I never really cared much for bread/pasta/etc but ate it out of convenience. I knew it was probably not great for me but figured I'd tolerate it. A month or so ago I went strict Paleo, and have been really surprised at how different (better) I feel, even though the dietary change wasn't really radical. I now also get pretty severe side effects when I cheat substantially. You might try going strict for a while and see what happens.


on May 19, 2011
at 08:03 PM

@Grok: Upvoted.



on May 19, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Fruit IS strict paleo. Eat it. There is massive confusion on this board associating paleo with low-carb.



on May 19, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I haven't made fruit a part of my grocery list in a looong time, due to cost/energy density. Fats from meat are just so much cheaper! had some blood work done, everything's perfect, so I'm not worried about it. If there's a sale on raspberries/blueberries, I might dehydrate them, but like you said, they go bad fast!

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on May 19, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Well, like everything Paleo, the answer depends on who you ask. My favorite rules of thumb come from Kurt Harris, who says this is not about foods you must eat, but foods you should avoid. I wouldn't worry about not eating fruit (in fact, I don't eat any, and don't worry at all), and I'd worry more about cutting back on the occasional plate of restaurant pasta, because you say it gives you trouble. Why suffer?

The only foods I feel come close to being necessary -- especially as the diet becomes more restrictive, should that happen -- are organ meats and seafoods. They're soooo nutritionally rich that it just seems inefficient not to eat them, like you're not giving yourself the very best food you possibly can. But that's as close as I personally get to thinking any specific food item is "necessary."



on May 19, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Arrrr - you'll get scurvy, mate! Kidding. I don't eat much of it at all anymore. I used to put some strawberries and blueberries in a coconut milk smoothie with my fish oil along with some spinach but I noticed an insulin spike so I stopped. I also lost a few more pounds after I quit. I don't really care for it except some berries in the summer.

I get all my fruit from wine so you're probably doing just fine ;)

FYI: I was a HUGE wine drinker and now being strictly paleo (Like 98%), I can't drink more than 2 glasses without a MEAN ass hangover in the morning.



on May 19, 2011
at 07:33 PM

My bloodwork keep coming back perfect with each physical. I eat VERY LITTLE fruit, so little that it's really negligible. In fact, most of the year I don't have it. If I happen to be trying to gain muscle and not worried about fat gains when local fruit is in season, then I have it...otherwise I don't.

Not scientific, but anecdotal evidence that although it may not be good...it's not terrible.

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