Is Fruit Bad For You?

During nutrition consultations I come across many recurring themes, but one that I will never be able to wrap my head is the belief that fruit is bad for you. It comes from the fact that fruit contains sugar and sugar has, in recent times, been pushed as the devil that is causing the recession in our population's health. Firstly sugar intake has actually fallen in Australia over the last 20 or so years but obesity has continued to rise showing that it is not the sole culprit.

Secondly, foods that do contain a lot of sugar are often highly processed and devoid of any nutrients - fruit is not. It has a high vitamin and mineral content as well as a high density of fibre, so the consumption of it doesn’t bring any adverse health risks, quite the opposite in fact. Unlike the over-consumption of processed foods high in sugar.

Thirdly, most foods that are high in sugar are extremely palatable meaning they are extremely easy to overeat on.We eat them and we find it hard to stop, fruit does not come with this same problem. When was the last time you binged on apples? If you are controlling your overall intake of food and have an adequate consumption of protein and other macro-nutrients then there is no reason you should be restricting your fruit in take at all. To compare it to processed, sugary foods, low in any form of nutritional value, is complete nonsensical.

How do you like them apples?

Mark Hallam

Mark is a movement specialist, Nutritionist and Health coach that has an enormous passion to help make everyone he works with healthier. In his opinion, a healthier life is a better life and he aims to inspire and educate his clients to take care of the way they move, breathe, eat, sleep, train and recover to ensure they are getting the most out of their bodies.

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