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Do you have a preferred time of day for your fruit? Do you have a satiating fruit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 31, 2011 at 9:33 AM

For those of you who eat fruit daily or often;
Do you make a conscious decision as to when you eat your fruit and why then?
Info on the type and amount of fruit would be good as well.

Updated: Thanks for all the responses, I now have a follow up question: A couple of responses relate to fruit either not being filling or making you want to keep on eating (whether that be more fruit of something else). I have also seen similar comments elsewhere.
I have just started to re-introduce fruit myself, i've only tried two at the moment; i find that i am okay with a banana, but strawberries just make me hungrier & wanting to eat. checking the nutrition info, i see that the banana has some starch, may be that's the difference for me?

So my follow up question is; which fruits do you find you can eat without craving more food afterwards (if any)?
(i figure this will be a shorter list rather than asking which fruits do you find non satiating or make you crave more food, may be even a list of zero fruits for some)

(text from first question below)
Just trying to get a feeling for the different views out there.
I've seen/heard quite some variation (both timing & reasons) on the subject.
eg. (here a few examples that come to mind):
~ no carbs after 3pm (or some other PM time); so i guess that includes fruits, (forgot reason why).
~ better to take your protein during the day, sugar and fat in the evening; (Ray Peat i think), (not sure why).
~ eat some fruit in evening before bed; helps me sleep, or stops me waking in the night (type of fruits, amounts & actual timings varied & some may have combined with a fat &/or protein source).
~ eat fruit at times where some of your liver glycogen has been depleted, ie. in the morning and right after a workout.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:38 PM

if you want to refill liver glycogen you do.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on June 12, 2012
at 01:23 AM

You don't necessarily need to be eating sugar to replete glycogen.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on June 12, 2012
at 12:58 AM

i vaguely remember something about grapefruit being an 'anti-thyroid' food, not sure from where now, may be it was Ray Peat? Have you heard of that? may be worth some googleresearch

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 02, 2012
at 04:36 AM

me too. whatever i buy i will eat in one go. so i just make sure i only buy what i want to eat "now". i bought a large bunch of white grapes a few weeks back for the first time in years. ate a few...then a few more...then a few more...then....etc...all gone...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 02, 2012
at 04:09 AM

I share that issue. With berries, I use "a handful." Since they spill easily that does limit serving size although for a woman with average-sized hands I have incredible skill getting a heaping pile of berries into my dish.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on January 06, 2012
at 01:20 PM

because they are constantly using it and most people don't eat enough sugar.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:32 PM

thx Cliff, i'm wondering why it would be, that 'the majority of people probably never have full liver glycogen'? could you explain further if you have time

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:15 PM

thx conciliator, i forgot tomatoes are a fruit. i stopped eating them in any quantity quite a while back, for some reason i have now forgotten. i will have to look back & check why i stopped (minimized) them. i use to get cold sores & mouth ulcers in the past, may be this was one of the foods i eliminated on the way.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:01 PM

thx conciliator, i forgot tomatoes are a fruit. i stopped eating them in any quantity quite a while back, for some reason i have now forgotten. i will have to look back & check why i stopped (started avoided) them. i use to get cold sores & mouth ulcers in the past, may be this was one of the foods i eliminated on the way.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 03, 2012
at 10:00 PM

thx conciliator, i forgot tomatoes are a fruit. i stopped eating them in any quantity quite a while back, for some reason i have now forgotten. i will have to look back & check why i stopped/avoided them. i use to get cold sores & mouth ulcers in the past, may be this was one of the foods i eliminated on the way.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:41 PM

is that better Mash....was the Satiating fruit scaring you, they can be dangerous little buggers, esp when crossed :)

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:13 AM

"Satiating fruit" does this need to be capitalised? For some reason reading it like that makes me nervous.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 02, 2012
at 10:47 PM

true cliff. i also think that some fruits may be hunger provoking for some. have you ever Not been hungry (felt no urge to eat), then ate a piece of fruit, the next thing you know you are "starving" and looking for more food? if this sounds like you, then use that 50 cal piece of fruit wisely :)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 02, 2012
at 10:27 PM

true cliff. i also think that some fruits may be hunger provoking for some. have you ever Not been hungry (felt no urge to eat), then ate a piece of fruit, the next thing you know you are "starving" & need more food? if this sounds like you, then use that 50 cal piece of fruit wisely :)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 02, 2012
at 10:24 PM

true cliff. i also think that some fruits may be hunger provoking for some. have you ever Not been hungry (felt no urge to eat), then ate a piece of fruit, the next thing you know you are "starving" & need more food? if this sounds like you, then use that 50 cal piece of fruit wisely.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 02, 2012
at 10:22 PM

true cliff. i also think that some fruits may be hunger provoking for some. have you ever Not been hungry (felt no urge to eat), then ate a piece of fruit, the next thing you know you are "starving" & need more food? Use that 50 cal piece of fruit wisely.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 02, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Same here. Any fruit I eat almost always causes hunger a few minutes later.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on January 02, 2012
at 02:29 PM

fruit leaves you hungry because a 50 calorie piece of fruit is barely food. :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 01, 2012
at 05:58 AM

What I have above is how I've always done it - even as a kid. The only difference is in the summer, when berries and such are in abundance, I eat way more. So instead of just maybe three times a day it could be double. It's like, I guess kind of a food "closure" if that makes sense? Kind of "ok I'm done now" - my mouth feels good, the belly feels good, I'm satisfied.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 01, 2012
at 05:18 AM

Thanks Nance. grapefruit will be my next fruit to try. i also see that jesuisjuba lists it as a before bed snack.

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on December 31, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I've noticed this too. Weird.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on December 31, 2011
at 01:34 PM

Its always good to eat fruit. Eating it in the morning will replete liver glycogen that has been depleted over night but the majority of people probably never have full liver glycogen so eating it anytime is cool imo. Eating some with fat before bed will keep stress hormones low and allow good sleep.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:32 PM

thx Cliff, i'm wondering why it would be, that 'the majority of people probably never have full liver glycogen'? could you explain further if you have time

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on January 06, 2012
at 01:20 PM

because they are constantly using it and most people don't eat enough sugar.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on June 12, 2012
at 01:23 AM

You don't necessarily need to be eating sugar to replete glycogen.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 13, 2012
at 02:38 PM

if you want to refill liver glycogen you do.

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on December 31, 2011
at 05:31 PM

It does not take long for your liver glycogen to go down. Once glucose is taken up by your muscles, its locked in there, as soon as your blood glucose clears (and there is not alot there), your liver starts releasing its glycogen into your blood so your brain and other cells can use it for energy. You can easily empty your liver glycogen tank if you have not consumed a carb in 24 hrs. When its low, ingested fructose will reload it, as fructose has only 2 different things it can do in your body. 1: Reload LIVER glycogen only. 2: Break down in VLDL. Those are the only two things it can do, fructose is never, ever, ever used by your muscles/brain or any other cell other than your liver cells. Remember that fruit contains sucrose (a glucose/fructose blend) so you are also eating glucose when consuming fruit (fiber too).

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on December 31, 2011
at 10:04 AM

I've noticed that if I eat fruit at breakfast I get hungry for lunch pretty quickly, so to keep from stuffing my face all day I try to defer it until afternoon or dinnertime. That being said, having skipped it early in the day, I often lose interest in fruit by the evening and end up feeding most of it to my toddler.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 02, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Same here. Any fruit I eat almost always causes hunger a few minutes later.

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on December 31, 2011
at 10:03 AM

I eat my carbs mostly at night. I find that breakfast and lunch are more satiating that way.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 31, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I've noticed this too. Weird.

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on April 02, 2012
at 04:03 AM

I have a problem with binging so fruit that is easily "one unit" works best for me. So then after I eat it, I acknowledge that it's gone and don't mindlessly reach for more. For instance, apples, bananas and pears are a better purchase (for me) as opposed to melons, pineapple, or grapes. I LOVE berries though so sometimes I get those.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 02, 2012
at 04:36 AM

me too. whatever i buy i will eat in one go. so i just make sure i only buy what i want to eat "now". i bought a large bunch of white grapes a few weeks back for the first time in years. ate a few...then a few more...then a few more...then....etc...all gone...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 02, 2012
at 04:09 AM

I share that issue. With berries, I use "a handful." Since they spill easily that does limit serving size although for a woman with average-sized hands I have incredible skill getting a heaping pile of berries into my dish.

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D5c8768927c463b363b109f18b7c16c4

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on January 02, 2012
at 01:10 PM

I find bananas very satisfying. I eat quite a bit of fruit, OJ, peaches I froze and picked myself super ripe, ripe apples grated and cooked are awesome too with a dash of cinnamon. I feel light and have a lot of energy incorporating fruits into my meals.

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on December 31, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I still can only eat fruit in the morning on an empty stomach. If I eat it later in the day or with other foods I feel bloated and get heartburn. I eat it only occasionally, but when I do I eat berries mostly.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 31, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I agree with Happy Now that fruit can leave you hungry but I use that to my advantage. My GI tract definitely likes long periods of rest so I prefer to be done eating for the day by 2 or 3 pm.

I eat breakfast between 9 and 11, yogurt with fruit. If anything that seems to stimulate my appetite so I'm ready for my main meal by 1 or 2. If that meal includes more fruit, which isn't rare, the fruit is the first course followed by a leafy salad then meat stew and cooked vegetables.

That formula leaves me very satisfied without feeling sluggish or bloated and I wake up high energy and not at all hungry.

My favorite fruits are pink/red grapefruit, red plums (only in season), figs, dates, watermelon, berries, pineapple and grapes. Banana is a mega-sweetener for me and I like to mash 1/2 of one and stir it into my yogurt then slice the other half on top with cinnamon.

I usually eat 2-3 kinds per day.

EDIT: The fruit I find most satiating is a whole grapefruit. It's not too sweet and there's enough total volume that I don't crave another that day. For all the others, I'll keep eating until I don't have any more.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 01, 2012
at 05:18 AM

Thanks Nance. grapefruit will be my next fruit to try. i also see that jesuisjuba lists it as a before bed snack.

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on December 31, 2011
at 05:31 PM

I eat fruit daily and as seasonal as possible. There is no specific timing or reasoning, it's just the way I've always done it and I like it. What I'm doing is working for me excellently - my sleep isn't affected, nothing weird, no reactions. Just fruity happiness.

Please note that I am not trying to lose weight, just maintain what I've finally gained in muscle - 12ish lbs - and maintain it, in addition to being faster and more explosive in my workouts.

I don't repeat the fruit, so whatever I had in the morning I won't have again that day - same with afternoon, etc.

Morning: Always after breakfast, right now either 1-pear, 1-apple, 3 or so spears of pineapple, 2-satsuma

Afternoon: Depending on what was with breakfast I will have something different out of the above list

Night: Snack before bed, again something different out of the morning list OR 1-cup pomegranate (I like the pom at night), 1-ruby grapefruit cut out and eaten with a spoon

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 01, 2012
at 05:58 AM

What I have above is how I've always done it - even as a kid. The only difference is in the summer, when berries and such are in abundance, I eat way more. So instead of just maybe three times a day it could be double. It's like, I guess kind of a food "closure" if that makes sense? Kind of "ok I'm done now" - my mouth feels good, the belly feels good, I'm satisfied.

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on December 31, 2011
at 05:08 PM

If I eat any at all, it is usually in the late afternoon, but if I have them, I will also eat a few berries at breakfast.

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on December 31, 2011
at 09:44 AM

According to Dr Jack Kruse, it's best to not eat carbs in the morning, have few for lunch, but have the lot of them for dinner, right after exercise took place at around 5-6 PM. Personally, I avoid carbs for breakfast, but I do have them for lunch/dinner. I get my fruit at the end of a meal, usually after dinner.

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on June 12, 2012
at 12:41 AM

I find grapefruit to be very satiating at the end of a meal, but only if I eat it like an orange (i.e., peel and eat the slices directly) rather than eating it sliced open with a grapefruit spoon. I'm guessing this is because it is not that high in fructose and has a high water content. Perhaps all the white parts in between the slices provides fiber which makes it more filling as well, though I'm generally not a huge fan of fiber. I eat a grapefruit this way once or twice a day after lunch and/or dinner.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on June 12, 2012
at 12:58 AM

i vaguely remember something about grapefruit being an 'anti-thyroid' food, not sure from where now, may be it was Ray Peat? Have you heard of that? may be worth some googleresearch

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on April 02, 2012
at 07:11 PM

I find fruit that has a strong structure, like apples and peaches, to be more satiating than others. Oranges and bananas just don't keep me full. I find that I can go all morning on just a couple apples; this has been an effective weight loss strategy for me. When I let myself eat as much as I want for dinner, I still don't feel like overeating. Works for me, YMMV.

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on April 02, 2012
at 07:04 PM

If I have fruit in the house (I often don't), I will eat some when I get home from work to tide me over before dinner, or after dinner to have something sweet. My fruits of choice are blueberries, strawberries, citrus, grapes, or apples. I also occasionally mix some citrus in with a drink for some extra flavor.

I do not eat fruit to deal with hunger as my experience is the same as what many others have said: fruit just seems to make me more hungry. I do not consider it a part of any meal. If I eat fruit, it's a snack or treat and I know it will do nothing to satiate me.

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on April 02, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I eat fruit usually in the morning or at lunch. I always make sure to eat it with some protein or fat (or both) and that seems to help with feeling of hunger (at least for me).

As for selection, I pretty much eat whatever fruit my todder is really into at the time - grapes, apples, berries, occassionally oranges...if I am prepping her fruit, I just make it for myself as well.

I really enjoy having the sweetness in my meals. I am sure it it psychological, but I tend to want to eat if I don't have that sweetness after lunch.

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Most satiating fruit: Certainly tomatoes. They are nutritionally more similar to most veggies.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:01 PM

thx conciliator, i forgot tomatoes are a fruit. i stopped eating them in any quantity quite a while back, for some reason i have now forgotten. i will have to look back & check why i stopped (started avoided) them. i use to get cold sores & mouth ulcers in the past, may be this was one of the foods i eliminated on the way.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 03, 2012
at 10:15 PM

thx conciliator, i forgot tomatoes are a fruit. i stopped eating them in any quantity quite a while back, for some reason i have now forgotten. i will have to look back & check why i stopped (minimized) them. i use to get cold sores & mouth ulcers in the past, may be this was one of the foods i eliminated on the way.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 03, 2012
at 10:00 PM

thx conciliator, i forgot tomatoes are a fruit. i stopped eating them in any quantity quite a while back, for some reason i have now forgotten. i will have to look back & check why i stopped/avoided them. i use to get cold sores & mouth ulcers in the past, may be this was one of the foods i eliminated on the way.

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on January 01, 2012
at 06:50 AM

I find that an apple makes for a great, satiating dessert. Blackberries are also satiating because they have such strong flavor. I thaw frozen organic berries and roll them in coconut powder.

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on January 01, 2012
at 06:14 AM

I find pears to be particularly satiating.

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on December 31, 2011
at 08:11 PM

I eat 2-3 servings of fruit a day usually as snacks between meals and later in the evening, no rules, whenever I'm hungry for it and any kind I feel like. I sometimes have a fruit smoothie for breakfast.

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on December 31, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I have been eating an apple for breakfast. I dip this in a mixture of coconut oil, sunflower seed butter, and spices. Because I eat this at work, it normally takes me a couple hours to eat a medium-sized apple. It fills me up, yet leaves me ready for lunch at noon. That is the only fruit I eat all day.

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