Ahhh…the great fruit makes you fat debate.
The first time I heard this I literally LOL’d. Fruit makes you FAT? I mean, it’s just fruit.
Even though its better than a candy bar, its best to stick to small portions and choose lower sugar, higher fiber options. If your goal is weight loss or cutting back on sugar, all carbs count. Consuming high amounts of any sugar or carbs, whether natural or not, can increase hunger levels and fat storage.
Don’t get me wrong, I still eat fruit on a daily basis. After all, there are tons of vitamins and nutrients found in fruit. I encourage you to enjoy fruit as part of your healthy diet, but remember that fruit should be eaten in moderation. Aim for no more than ½ cup or 1 piece at a time and no more than twice a day.
I like to think of fruit as an ingredient and not a snack on its own. Enjoying it with a little protein will prevent a spike in blood sugar levels and also help keep you nice and satisfied. Think: an apple with almond butter in the afternoon or a banana in your protein smoothie at breakfast.
Also, choose fruits that are high in fiber! Fiber is what helps us feel full. So, eat fresh whole fruit, including the skin when you can. Berries tend to be the lowest in sugar while still being high in fiber. Fruits that are lower in sugar also tend to have more nutritional value. Hello antioxidants!
Enjoy these low sugar/high fiber fruits:
++ Berries (Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
++ Melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon)
++ Peaches and Nectarines
Eating a moderate amount of fruit will not pack on the pounds. Fruit can be a great part of your meal and a healthy dessert option. But, like everything in life, too much of a good thing can stall weight loss. Remember, fruit is nature’s candy, and moderation in key.
Tell me: What is your favorite fruit? How many servings of fruit do you typically eat in a day?