For decades, we have been told that fruit is good for us. From school, to conventional wisdom, to government guidelines, to health “experts” on TV, everyone advises us to eat more fruit. But the truth is: fruit is bad for you, and your health will improve by cutting it out of your diet.
Fruit Is Bad For You: Candy That Grows On Trees
Fruit is nature’s candy. It is loaded with sugar, giving it a sweet taste that delights the tongue. Just as candy is no good for us, neither is fruit. A diet with lots of fruit will spike your blood sugar at every meal, leading to a insulin cycle of highs and crashes. Just as a child gets excited and then crashes from eating too much candy, you will have surplus energy and then feel exhausted eating fruit throughout the day.
Some have argued that because fruit sugar is “fructose”, it is better than pure glucose or other sugars in candy, etc. But think about this: when we hear of the danger of drinking too much soda, what’s the worst ingredient they tell us about? High-fructose corn syrup.
Sugar is sugar. It’s no better for having grown on a tree or a bush.
Modern Fruits Have Been Bred To Be As Sweet As Possible
The image above is what a peach looked like 6,000 years ago. The fruit our ancestors ate was smaller, uglier, earthier, more sour, and had far less sugar. Even then, our forefathers ate relatively small amounts of fruit. Today, we are advised to eat far more fruit than our bodies evolved to do, even as they are orders of magnitude sweeter than ever before. Modern fruit farming has, for hundreds of years, perfected the art of bringing you the biggest, juiciest, sweetest fruit possible. There is nothing natural about eating as much sugar as we find in modern fruits.
Furthermore, our ancestors used to only find fruit when it was in season, and this varied depending on where they lived. Our globalized society makes fruit from all over the world available at all times of year, so excessively sweet fruit is always available. It is not natural to have fruit available year round. We did not evolve to eat this way, and our bodies pay for it.
Fruit Makes You Fat And Bloated
Eating a lot of fruit comes with all of the negatives of a high-carbohydrate diet. As millions will attest, cutting carbs from your diet will improve your energy levels, and is particularly useful for shedding those final “stubborn” pounds that simple calorie restriction and exercise can’t seem to get to.
Not only that, but modern fruit is so high in sugar that it causes gastrointestinal problems. The result is a poofy stomach, bloating, and inflammation. The book Fruit Belly contains details on these problems.
Juices, Dried Fruit, and Smoothies Are Even Worse
With real fresh fruit, you are given plenty of fiber. This helps digestion and slows absorption of the huge amounts of sugar in modern fruit. Juices and smoothies remove the fiber from fruit, and make it far easier to eat many fruits in a single serving. Dried fruit removes water and shrinks the fruit, so that you can eat a lot more. Imagine eating as many real apricots as you might eat dried apricots – you’d feel nauseous just trying it.
Juices, dried fruit, and smoothies make it a lot easier to eat a ton of fruit – this is sugar overload.
What About Vitamins?
It is true that fruit contains plenty of useful vitamins, and that it is better to get your vitamins from real food than from multivitamin supplements. This is the advantage that fruit, nature’s candy, has over artificial sweets.
But there is no vitamin or anything else in fruit that you cannot get in vegetables – except the sugar. For the sake of your health, get rid of the sugary crap that is modern fruit, and swap out every fruit you might eat for a vegetable. You’ll look better, feel better, and escape the trap of the sugar high-crash cycle.
The Good News: Berries
Berries are the lowest-carb, lowest-sugar fruit. You can eat a whole box of blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, and barely break 100 calories. To avoid the problems of selectively bred hyper-sweet fruit, buy organic and small-farm where possible.
Blueberries are low-calorie, low-sugar, and have one of the highest nutrient density and antioxidant scores of any fruit. If you’re going to eat it, stick to berries.
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