Does Fruit Make You Fat? Is Fruit Dangerous?
Does Fruit Make You Fat? Is Fruit Dangerous If You’re Trying To Lose Weight?
I’ve been noticing a scary trend over the past couple years, and it seems to have only gotten worse lately and that is scare tactics when it comes to diet.
Scare tactics are nothing new. They’ve been around for quite some time.
I don’t know if this is true or not, but I remember reading that Henry Ford (the car dude) stopped eating sugar after seeing some under a microscope while hanging out with his good buddy Thomas Edison. The sharp edges freaked him out so much that he thought it would rip apart his insides.
I suppose that could be a good scare tactic?
But I digress…
The scare tactic I’ve been seeing lately is people asking, “Does fruit make you fat?”, or at the very least hinder your weight loss results.
There seems to be no shortage of “experts” telling you it does, including writing entire books about the subject. The argument, and they may even cite studies to prove their point, is that the fructose in fruit is easily converted to fat and stored around your stomach.
But is it true? Does fruit make you fat? Even if it were true does it make that much of a difference?
Let me answer that by asking you a question…
When was the last time you saw an overweight person devouring fruit – I’m talkin’ real fruit, not fruit juice, or any processed food “containing” fruit?
When was the last time you heard someone say “Boy…I just can’t eat anymore of those apples. I’m stuffed!” while simultaneously patting their big ol’ belly?
I’m guessing never on both accounts.
However, when you watch people who are fit, the people whose physiques you envy, what are they eating?
I’m guessing that, unless told otherwise due to a medical condition or because of personal preference, or because they are going from very fit to super-duper fit, they’re eating some fruit.
Some may be eating lots of it.
Personally, I love fruit.
Andrea loves fruit.
Maren loves fruit.
So you know what? We eat fruit.
We throw it in our smoothies on a daily basis and eat it with most meals. We dip apple slices in all natural peanut butter (sometimes caramel…yum!) as a snack and we munch on grapes when we watch cartoons.
Are we overweight and unhealthy?
Don’t get me wrong. I know there’s a time and place when consuming lots of fruit can be bad for your waistline, but with a population where 2/3 of us are overweight or obese, the overwhelming majority NEVER has to worry about that (I’m talking about people who are preparing for photo shoots, etc.)
Fruit is very low in calories – most servings are roughly 60-80 calories.
Fruit is loaded with water which helps satisfy your appetite, which will make you eat less at mealtime.
Most fruit is a good source of fiber – apples have roughly 5 grams in their total 60 calories.
Fruit is LOADED with healthy vitamins and minerals, which the majority of us lack and that simply taking a multi-vitamin won’t make up for.
If you’re active, you need the carbohydrates found in fruit to give you energy and make you not want to rip someone’s face off due to being “down.”
True and lasting weight loss and fitness is not about creating “bad guys,” it’s about creating good habits and making good lifestyle changes.
That may not sound sexy and it doesn’t help with headlines, and it sure as hell doesn’t look as good as the headline screaming “Does Fruit Make You Fat?!”, but it’s the truth.
Anyone who makes a scapegoat out of a perfectly good apple, blueberry or papaya and tells you eating said fruit is going to stop you from losing weight deserves a wedgie.
Fruit is beneficial. Fruit boosts your energy. Fruit is loaded with water and nutrients and most is a good source of fiber.
So to answer the question of whether fruit makes you fat, the answer is “No!”
Eat it and enjoy life!
That is all…rant over!
Have an awesome day!
Ed Scow, aka “The Fit Dad”