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What are the healthiest fruits

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Created May 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM

can you name the top 5 or 10 in your research

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Is it just me or does Papaya really smell like barf? I'm so sorry to say that. If you like, please carry on. But I have been asked (at least a dozen times) to try Papaya and I have a hard time even being within 3 feet of it, let alone putting it my mouth and swallowing on purpose.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Oh yes, currants are yummy, shame about how expensive they are. Good thing gooseberries are so cheap when in season.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:44 PM

@Kamal, i could read your comments all day long. Well put. (the level of euro-centricity on here has always kind of surprised me. Naive i suppose i still am)

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on May 25, 2011
at 11:30 AM

exactly, after eating high fat paleo for a long time i added back a bunch of frutis anf feel so much better.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 25, 2011
at 09:43 AM

fruit is a botanical part of the plant. this shows how uneducated some people here are. if they upvote such a claim. Get some botanics books abd read it. Fruits are more common than you think.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:18 AM

Indeed, i have noticed that our cultivated strawberries are better than ones shipped from middle europe. But the best ones are finnish wild strawberries, a real gourmet flavor (little bit of excess national pride there!;)

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:07 AM

I gather blueberries myself from local bushes, you have not really tasted berries before you get them yourself from nature! Cultivated ones are so bad in taste even...

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:58 AM

Fruits grow throughout the year near the equator. For example, in the cradle of civilization. Believing that we acquired all of our food adaptations after living in Europe is inheritly ridiculous. Especially for those of us who are not 100% white.

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:52 AM

actually come to think of it, every morning I have been picking Mulberries off my tree. still waiting on my blueberries.. oh! and Figs!! Can't believe I forgot about figs.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:26 AM

fruits are seasonal only when the sun is bright. Its not a year round food like america makes it. This belief is inheritly ridiculous.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:32 AM

specifically red currants. and gooseberries but no one in America knows what those are.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:31 AM

don't forget currants!

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:30 AM

i'm surprised that strawberries now would have 40-50% more fructose through GM. I'm not saying it ain't so, but the starwberries these days taste worthless, like water, whereas the tiny strawberries in my grandmas garden in europe when i was younger always tasted much sweeter and had more flavor in general.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Melons are seriously loaded with fructose. Big not's Strawberries are one of the most GM fruits out there now. They have 40-50% more fructose now through genetic modification. Another pass.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:28 AM

watermelons are too high in fructose, so is cantalope I believe.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:34 AM

Melons? I heard someone else say that the other day too..podcast I think. I always kinda thought they were just a bunch of water and fiber with a bit of sugar

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Basically, the best fruits are low in fructose (e.g. sugar) and low in detrimental plant compounds like oxalic acid, yet are high in nutrients and other beneficial plant compounds like anthocyanins or elegiac acid. That being said, remember that there are no magic foods; buying magic berries (like acai) is about as sound an investment as buying magic beans. The aim of applying this criteria is to try to minimise the effect of generations of selectively breeding modern fruit for unnatural sweetness.

My personal list:

Blueberries

Blackberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Pomegranates

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:31 AM

don't forget currants!

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 25, 2011
at 02:32 AM

specifically red currants. and gooseberries but no one in America knows what those are.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Oh yes, currants are yummy, shame about how expensive they are. Good thing gooseberries are so cheap when in season.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 24, 2011
at 11:55 PM

The ones you don't eat......

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 25, 2011
at 12:44 PM

@Kamal, i could read your comments all day long. Well put. (the level of euro-centricity on here has always kind of surprised me. Naive i suppose i still am)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 25, 2011
at 03:26 AM

fruits are seasonal only when the sun is bright. Its not a year round food like america makes it. This belief is inheritly ridiculous.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 25, 2011
at 09:43 AM

fruit is a botanical part of the plant. this shows how uneducated some people here are. if they upvote such a claim. Get some botanics books abd read it. Fruits are more common than you think.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 25, 2011
at 03:58 AM

Fruits grow throughout the year near the equator. For example, in the cradle of civilization. Believing that we acquired all of our food adaptations after living in Europe is inheritly ridiculous. Especially for those of us who are not 100% white.

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27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

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on May 25, 2011
at 08:24 AM

Nobody has mentioned the best fruit yet: Avocados! Lowest in fructose, highest in fat. What's not to love?

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on May 25, 2011
at 05:55 AM

Wild seabuckthorn, wild blueberries, wild cloudberries. Berries are the fruits of northern europe. The season is actually quite long, like over 6 months. And they keep frozen under the snow. So paleothic scandinavian would propably have eaten them whole year.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:07 AM

I gather blueberries myself from local bushes, you have not really tasted berries before you get them yourself from nature! Cultivated ones are so bad in taste even...

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I wouldn't base my diet around fruit, and I certainly would not encourage ANYONE to go "All fruits and vegetables", not even for a 30day challenge (Some people want to encourage people at my place of work to do this).

But saying that "fruit is bad for you" and "don't eat fruit" is utterly preposterous. Please, folks. Fruit is a whole food, and many fruits are rich with nutrition. While I completely 100% agree that you can overdo it on fruit because of the sugar content, I do not agree with the notion that you have to avoid fruit to be healthy. Fruit juice in excess? Yes. I agree that it should be avoided. In fact, I don't drink any fruit juice at all. Zero.

What are the healthiest fruits? Well, that's a pretty broad question. Because what are you really asking? What does "healthiest" mean? Personally, I eat all kinds of berries (as others have already mentioned here). But I also eat my fair share of banana. Yes, bananas have fructose, but they also are very starchy, and it's a far cry from drinking juice as far as the sugar content. I'll also get a small melon every now and then. Some people hate on melons, but I don't have a problem with melons in the context of a nutrient rich diet with adequate fats and proteins. Eat a steak and salad dinner with some sweet potatoes, and have a slice of melon for a sweet treat. Nothing wrong with that at all. Or take a handful of blueberries and a half a banana. Toss em in a bowl and dump cream over it. Sprinkle some cinnamon and dig in. If you are intolerant of dairy (or just choose not to eat it because you are in the camp that believes the insulinogenic effects are harmful to your health... [yes I went there] ) then just use some coconut milk if you want something creamy with your fruit. I also like to eat dried black mission figs with some dubliner cheese. If you think 4 or 5 little figs are gonna make your liver overload your body with Trigs, you're off your rocker. Your body is not that prone to destroying itself.

In any case, I seriously see some people eating what appears to be like a half pound of blueberries with a cup of granola on top for breakfast. I swear this one woman dumps at least 2 whole cartons of blueberries in a giant bowl for breakfast all the time. Good Grief. Please DON'T do that.

Avoid juice for the most part. Fruit juice should be called High Fructose Juice. Eat fruit. Fruit is good for you. Throw some strawberries in your salad. But enjoy fruit as a 'side treat' in your nutrient rich and varied eating program. The only caviat I will add to all of this is that if you are type 2 diabetic, some of the rules change for you, until you can get that 'repaired' as best as possible, given whatever unique scenario is yours.

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Cf5c9ba3c06cf300ae23c52778dfd317

on May 25, 2011
at 03:56 AM

I'd say Papaya one of the healthiest fruits. Huge wallop of Vitamin C, carotenoids, some folate and potassium- plus lot's of awesome anti-inflammatory papain, a protease enzyme. The thing about papaya is they are one of the hardest fruits to find a "good one", and super expensive if you don't live somewhere tropical... I lived in Hawaii for a few months, and ate a perfectly ripe small-med papaya every day, and I had perfect skin, perfect bowels. It was great.

Mango has an enzyme similar to papain, and pineapple has bromelain.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on May 25, 2011
at 11:30 AM

exactly, after eating high fat paleo for a long time i added back a bunch of frutis anf feel so much better.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Is it just me or does Papaya really smell like barf? I'm so sorry to say that. If you like, please carry on. But I have been asked (at least a dozen times) to try Papaya and I have a hard time even being within 3 feet of it, let alone putting it my mouth and swallowing on purpose.

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6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on May 24, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Berries

Blueberries Raspberries Blackberries Strawberries

Melons Watermelons Honeydew Cantalope

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on May 25, 2011
at 06:18 AM

Indeed, i have noticed that our cultivated strawberries are better than ones shipped from middle europe. But the best ones are finnish wild strawberries, a real gourmet flavor (little bit of excess national pride there!;)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 25, 2011
at 12:34 AM

Melons? I heard someone else say that the other day too..podcast I think. I always kinda thought they were just a bunch of water and fiber with a bit of sugar

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 25, 2011
at 02:30 AM

i'm surprised that strawberries now would have 40-50% more fructose through GM. I'm not saying it ain't so, but the starwberries these days taste worthless, like water, whereas the tiny strawberries in my grandmas garden in europe when i was younger always tasted much sweeter and had more flavor in general.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:28 AM

watermelons are too high in fructose, so is cantalope I believe.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 25, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Melons are seriously loaded with fructose. Big not's Strawberries are one of the most GM fruits out there now. They have 40-50% more fructose now through genetic modification. Another pass.

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91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Berries have already been mentioned countlessly so I will mention apricots. Low fructose and delicious.

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8a8129d053df7365c6529b0c2ac95efb

(284)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:03 AM

strawberries (only organic ones though) any other organic berries grapefruit kiwies avocado....and so on and on! :)

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60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

on May 25, 2011
at 03:51 AM

when in season, most berries. I am a sucker for mulberries and blueberries.

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 25, 2011
at 03:52 AM

actually come to think of it, every morning I have been picking Mulberries off my tree. still waiting on my blueberries.. oh! and Figs!! Can't believe I forgot about figs.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:23 AM

I would be curious if others out there can provide insight other than comments related to sugar (including fructose) content. Curiosity in HS asks about "healthiest," so surely there are health benefits to some fruits despite their sugar content. Joint health? Antioxidants? Lower cancer risks?

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