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Is a lot of fruit a problem?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 09, 2011 at 2:08 PM

New to paleo, but working out a lot. I eat four portions of fruit each day and I'd like to know if its too much in view of the fact that I don't need to lose weight at all. I also don't use supplements even though for now I don't have access to grass fed beef. Am I making a mistake. thanks.

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:37 AM

Be careful your gout might go away. Mine did. Oversimplified, but animals = Uric acid, Uric acid = Gout.

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:31 AM

Congrats on your journey so far and you should be proud. Six months from now you probably won't be saying this any longer, "Too much fruit means too much sugar, and I think that's a problem for anyone."

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:26 AM

He's asking about exercise and his screen name is biker. I'm relatively qualified to answer this question ;) Won't work for most people because they'd rather hear "good things about their bad habits" and never try it. I challenge you to go on fruit diet. Then tell me about not losing weight.

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on July 16, 2011
at 03:25 PM

@lb: Yes, that's what has happened to me. My liver is healthy now.

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on July 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

grok - just because some people have success with that doesn't mean everyone will. "buy/eat even more fruit... watch your bodyfat melt like butter" does not work for most people. Loads of fruit with too little fat is worse than loads of fat with too little fruit.

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on July 11, 2011
at 06:45 AM

"joint pain, acne, weigt gain, tiredness, bowel pain, stool problems" You mean like when eating lots of protein?

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on July 11, 2011
at 06:21 AM

Save your steak for the weekend BBQ with friends and buy/eat even more fruit. Drop the fat. Watch your performance/mood/recovery soar and your bodyfat melt like butter in a microwave. Follow my twitter feed so I don't have to troll my propaganda here.

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on July 09, 2011
at 10:29 PM

@kamal i tend to devour watermelons by the half. i do better when a serving is the whole fruit. what can i say, i'm a greedy dude :) @optimus i do watermelon occasionally, just not everyday like strawberries and peaches. @travis it seems that once the metabolic derangement is under control, the gout is under control. makes sense since the liver is the central organ physiologically messed up by metabolic syndrom- and it is the one that processes and regulates the uric acid. once that is back operating properly the gout seems to do ok.

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on July 09, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I agree. i think the point is that if you replace the fruit with vegetables, we would see much better results in terms of health. still, its hard to shake the fruits. personally i eat them in place of drinking water whenever im thirsty, but damn...wish us all luck

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on July 09, 2011
at 08:57 PM

Besides portion size, how active are you?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on July 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

I too am eating a lot more fruit this summer. The metabolic mess I was in is under control and I'm just about at my weight equilibrium. I'm enjoying berries, watermelon, and occasionally pineapple. I can't pass up perfectly ripe pineapple. Gout, eh? I have to watch out for that too, though I haven't had a flare up in some time.

E48833ca4e98b24f35191a02e84cc262

on July 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

be careful, watermelon has clout round these parts

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on July 09, 2011
at 08:25 PM

Note that a serving of watermelon has slightly less fructose than a large peach. I did this analysis retrospectively after eating a bunch of watermelon.

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on July 09, 2011
at 03:16 PM

What is a "portion?" weigh it and tell us.

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

I have a problem when people say four portions because what I consider a portion is a huge bowl of grapes. Can you give a little more details, because I guess a portion could also be considered 1 kiwi as well.

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I have a problem when people say four portions because what I consider a portion is a huge bowl of grapes. Can you give a little more details, because I guess a portion could also be considered 4 kiwis as well.

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on July 09, 2011
at 07:59 PM

It's summer and I've been freaking out with fruit. At the start of summer I was eating a pound of strawberries everyday. Lately I've taken to eating about 3 peaches a day. I have a rough idea in my head about the fructose content of most fruit and stay away from mangoes and watermelon. I know good fruit is only around 3 Mos out of the year so if you're not trying to lose weight. I'm formerly obese who had a gnarly case of metabolic syndrome and it's not hurting my body comp. I may be flamed but I say go enjoy. U only live once.

Ps I have an automatic fructose overload detection system called gout that lets me know when I go overboard and it hasn't made a peep yet.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on July 09, 2011
at 08:25 PM

Note that a serving of watermelon has slightly less fructose than a large peach. I did this analysis retrospectively after eating a bunch of watermelon.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on July 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

I too am eating a lot more fruit this summer. The metabolic mess I was in is under control and I'm just about at my weight equilibrium. I'm enjoying berries, watermelon, and occasionally pineapple. I can't pass up perfectly ripe pineapple. Gout, eh? I have to watch out for that too, though I haven't had a flare up in some time.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on July 09, 2011
at 10:29 PM

@kamal i tend to devour watermelons by the half. i do better when a serving is the whole fruit. what can i say, i'm a greedy dude :) @optimus i do watermelon occasionally, just not everyday like strawberries and peaches. @travis it seems that once the metabolic derangement is under control, the gout is under control. makes sense since the liver is the central organ physiologically messed up by metabolic syndrom- and it is the one that processes and regulates the uric acid. once that is back operating properly the gout seems to do ok.

E48833ca4e98b24f35191a02e84cc262

on July 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

be careful, watermelon has clout round these parts

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on July 16, 2011
at 03:25 PM

@lb: Yes, that's what has happened to me. My liver is healthy now.

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

(746)

on July 18, 2011
at 08:37 AM

Be careful your gout might go away. Mine did. Oversimplified, but animals = Uric acid, Uric acid = Gout.

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Too much fruit means too much sugar, and I think that's a problem for anyone. What types of fruit are you eating? We try and stick with berries-strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for daily consumption. I really don't eat bananas (sugary and starchy). I'll eat watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes once or twice a week just because I like them. Are you struggling with sugar cravings? When I started Paleo I found myself eating a lot of fruit because I was going through sugar withdraws. You may want to slowly wean away from a lot of fruit, and just have 1-2 servings daily.

When we started eating Paleo 6 months ago we didn't do grass fed beef (couldn't afford it). We do now because we shifted our budget and cut out a lot of things like cable and even found cheaper rent! Now our grocery budget is larger. Don't beat yourself up, it is a process to "get it all right." I look back at my first month on Paleo and laugh yet I am proud at how far I've come. Keep educating yourself and tweaking your diet. 6 months from now you will be an expert ;)

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

(746)

on July 18, 2011
at 08:31 AM

Congrats on your journey so far and you should be proud. Six months from now you probably won't be saying this any longer, "Too much fruit means too much sugar, and I think that's a problem for anyone."

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on July 13, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Four servings of fruit, as others have said, seems like a lot of sugar; however, it depends on what a "serving" is for you, what type of fruit, etc.

It also depends on how you personally react to fruit.

I love fruit, but have found if I eat it too often or in large quantities, I start having digestive issues. I mostly avoid fruit unless I have a specific craving or it's my only healthy option.

If you are not wanting to lose weight and you have no obvious problems with it, I don't see a problem with indulging in a probably nutrient-packed (albeit sugary) food.

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on July 13, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I've eaten a lot of fruit my whole life and carried the habit forward into Primal/Paleo 4 months ago.

All the well-intended warnings about fructose finally caused me to buy a glucose meter. This morning, my fasting glucose was 91. After my meal for the day, which started with protein and fat, I ate 2 grapefruit, a banana and one medjool date. One hour later, my glucose was 120; after 2 hours, it was 100.

I'm not saying everyone can eat lots of fruit, but I'm certain I can.

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on July 09, 2011
at 07:45 PM

The only way to answer this question is to reveal your ultimate goal. If you're working out in order to build muscle mass, or to quickly get stronger, eating a lot of fruit is definitely not going to help you. You're simply "wasting" calories that could be filled with protein. Therefore, you could call it a "mistake."

On the other hand, if you're active simply to stay active, because being active has benefits, then the answer to your question is "only if you notice that the fruit causes pain or discomfort."

If you're eating a lot of fruits, and you're not noticing anything negative like joint pain, acne, weigt gain, tiredness, bowel pain, stool problems, etc., then keep eating it and keep exercising. Being paleo does not equal being a carnivore.

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

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on July 11, 2011
at 06:45 AM

"joint pain, acne, weigt gain, tiredness, bowel pain, stool problems" You mean like when eating lots of protein?

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on July 09, 2011
at 03:16 PM

Not sure what you would consider 4 portions but I eat about a total of 2 cups of berries, sometimes cherries and soft stone fruit, a day. They're another source of carb for me and really good options for vitamins e c, calcium, phytochemicals and flavonoids, lutein, etc. Definitely I eat the bulk of my fruit post CF workout as the glucose replenishes muscle glycogen and increases insulin levels, which supports muscle growth and recovery. I want my muscles to be nice and healthy so I can be big and strong :) The rest I'll save for a late afternoon snack when it's hot out for something refreshing to munch on. Cheers!

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:57 PM

If I were you, I'd try to eat more veggies and add fruit as a treat on occassion. The high amounts of natural sugar might create cravings or highs/lows in your insulin levels. You'll also feel better in general with stable blood sugar.

Also if you are eating right and getting some D from the sun, you really shouldn't have to supplement. I can't take any supplements at all, they just don't agree with me, for the most part I never get sick other than struggles with my GI systems which is in the process of healing.

E48833ca4e98b24f35191a02e84cc262

on July 09, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I agree. i think the point is that if you replace the fruit with vegetables, we would see much better results in terms of health. still, its hard to shake the fruits. personally i eat them in place of drinking water whenever im thirsty, but damn...wish us all luck

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:49 PM

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