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July 17, 2017

Is Too Much Fruit Unhealthy?

by Wendy Myers


Your fructose consumption should be kept at 15 to 25 grams per day. No more than this! Fruit is not as healthy as many are lead to believe. This begs the question, “Is too Much Fruit Unhealthy?”It is best for your body if you split your fruit intake into smaller portions of 3-8 grams per meal or as a snack. Don’t know how much this is? There are charts online that tell you the grams of fructose are in fruit. One of my favorites is posted by Family Wellness HQ. For example, 100 grams of apple (about 31/2 ounces) contains 5.9 grams of fructose.

Enjoying a few small organic apples in your day is entirely within bounds. But 100 grams of dried medjool dates has 39.5 grams of fructose, so getting used to correct portion size of fruit is essential for health. Buy a small food scale and weigh your fruit. You will find that a large bowl of yummy strawberries has the same amount of fructose as 2 dried dates! And, of course, get rid of all “hidden” fructose like high fructose corn syrup in processed foods and soft drinks.

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