I have started cleaning up my diet in the hopes of losing a few lbs while training for a half marathon.
What is your take on fruit? I hear on one hand that it’s nutritious and should be in my diet, and on the other hand I hear that fruit is really high in sugar and that it should be avoided. Do you have any advice?
Apples and Bananas, Ottawa
Dear Apples and Bananas,
Don’t you love it that you get conflicting info on something as simple as fruit? The science of nutrition is still young so that explains the lack of consistent advice you are getting.
My take on fruit is this: use sparingly.
Fruit IS very high in sugar so if you are battling a sugar addiction or if you are trying to lose weight, decrease your fruit intake in favour of more vegetables.
Fruit is also very high in nutrients so if you’re having difficulty eating your daily portion of fruits and vegetables, go ahead and have an apple with your lunch.
For people who are trying to lose weight but don’t want to give up fruit, stick to items that are lower on the glycemic scale (these fruits will have less of an effect on your blood sugar). Low glycemic fruit include berries, apples, kiwis, oranges and grapefruit.
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