I hear gym rats and other nutritional Neanderthals go on about how fruit is a bad thing. It is “loaded” with calories and sugar. They avoid it, and they tirelessly caution people looking to cut and shed pounds that they should refrain from eating fruit, too.
I b like “Wut?????”
What planet are you from to actually believe fruit should be avoided in the same vein that Pop Tarts and See’s candies should be avoided?
Yes, compared to vegetables, fruit does have “a lot” of calories, and it contains a fair amount of fructose. But it’s fruit. Fruit. The caloric content of fruit can never compete with our inability to eat it to gluttonous extremes. I don’t believe anyone can eat too much fruit, unless they are part of a scientific experiment.
In which case…you eat twenty servings a fruit per day during the course of the study. According to most dietary guidelines, a serving of fruit is about a cup. Twenty cups of fruit is quite a bit.
Seventeen people were made to eat twenty servings a day of fruit. Despite the extraordinarily high fructose content of this diet, presumably about 200 grams a day—8 cans of soda worth—the investigators reported no adverse effects (and possible benefit actually) for body weight, blood pressure, and insulin and lipid levels (fats in the blood) after three to six months. More recently, Jenkins and colleagues put people on about a twenty-servings-of-fruit-a-day diet for a few weeks, and no adverse effects on weight or blood pressure or triglycerides, and an astounding 38-point drop in LDL cholesterol.
No adverse effects from the fruit overdose.
I suspect the superficially masculine arm-curling maven is ridden with an immature repugnance to fruit, in name and spirit, for what he sees is nature’s dietary offering to the femme gods for its lack of protein and amino acids, when in fact, fruit is delicious and satisfying and should be part of any diet, even for the person trying to cut down to 12% body fat. Oh my, if you eat a banana you’ll be eating about 75 or 90 calories. Heavens! People forget that bananas are loaded with nutrients and fiber and assorted other health-friendly chemical bonds that you simply can’t find within a few light years of a Twinkie.
“Unfortunately,” there was one adverse effect of eating 20 servings of fruit each day. I happen to think it’s a fantastic side effect, but then I don’t talk about my fecal and regularity compulsion on this blog often.
There was one side effect, though. Given the 44 servings of vegetables they had on top of all that fruit, they recorded the largest bowel movements apparently ever documented in a dietary intervention.
That’s fantastic! I’d like to join the study.