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Is high sugar low gi fruits good for weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Hi

I just started paleo 2 weeks ago, I am aiming to lose body fats. I kept my carbohydrate low, around 100g a day and they usually come from fruits.

I have been eating low GI fruits like cherry, raspberry, strawberry ect. Recently I found that some dried fruits are also low in GI, like dried apricots, dried prunes. However, when I look at the nutrition information, they are really high in sugar. Should I avoid them? Or can I eat them.

I know fruits sugar arent that bad, but I always have the impression that if we are on a low carb diet we should avoid most high sugar fruit. In fact I find that even cherry and bananas are also quite high in sugar.

But yeah if we compare dried apricot with some raspberry, which is better? is it the 1 with lower gi and higher sugar (dried apricot?) or the 1 with higher gi (its not that high actually) but lower sugar (raspberry?) assuming we take in the same amount of carb count for both fruits.

So I am wondering if it is alright to get some dried fruits with low GI too?

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on January 09, 2013
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Except, y'know, sometime it is good for weight loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21621801

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:50 PM

I eat fruit every day, and I've been losing weight steadily for over five months now. I agree that you should minimize the dried fruit as much as possible for weight loss, but if the rest of your diet is in line, one or two servings of regular fruit a day shouldn't hurt, especially if you're active. If you just really want to eat a few pieces of dried fruit with some fat/protein, you're probably fine, but I always err in favor of the lower sugar/higher fiber myself.

The fruit is particularly important for me because I am/was a huge sugar addict, and when I avoid eating fruit, I'm more likely to splurge on chocolate or--worse case scenario--a cupcake that will upset my stomach for days. If you're new to paleo and eating fruit in place of other, worse things, don't try to be so strict quite yet. Get comfortable with a more natural way of eating, and then experiment with how your body reacts to different kinds of fruit. Try to avoid them for a couple weeks and see if you feel better, you've lost more weight, or your body composition has changed faster. There's no one answer for everyone.

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on January 09, 2013
at 08:15 PM

Eat the fruit people! When I switch from HFLC, upped the carbs, cut the fat just a little bit (not much just don't make a pool of it) and much lower protein I leaned up and was able to build muscle. However, that was just the last 5 or so vanity pounds. If you are obese your mile may vary. Berries are still awesome though (like a raspberry compote atop your frittata) OMG:)

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:52 PM

If you are trying to lose weight and "lean out", I wouldn't eat any dried fruit and I would minimise fruit overall. After you get to your target weight, you can experiment and see how your body reacts.

I eat 1, maybe 2 pieces of fruit a day (no need to lose weight). I found that I can eat dates -- 1 or 2 work just fine (part. if they are medjool) -- but if I eat raisins, I tend to eat too much, so I avoid those (they're too expensive where I live now anyway). You can see what works for you, or doesn't.

Even now, if you are losing weight at the rate you want, you might be fine eating some fruit, particularly post-workout, though you'll probably lose faster without it (but you might also lose energy).

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on January 09, 2013
at 05:15 PM

The best thing in my opinion would be to go a week with more fruit, and then try a week with less fruit and compare the results. I feel much better when I have a bit of (non-dried) fruit each day and I actually lose more weight than when I went on a very low carb diet.

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on January 09, 2013
at 02:07 PM

I think the answer to this question is no.. fruit is not good for weight loss. Fruit tastes good and has other benifits, but it is not going to help you loose weight.

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on January 09, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Except, y'know, sometime it is good for weight loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21621801

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on January 11, 2013
at 11:21 AM

The Glycemic Index (GI) measures the effect of foods on your blood sugar levels. Eating foods with a high glycemic index value will raise the blood sugar level more dramatically than foods with a low glycemic index value. Use this height and weight chart to check if you're the right weight for your height.

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