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March 25, 2012 11:31 AM
I just signed up yesterday and I noticed that I'm way over my recommended sugar intake for the day, because of the fruit I have eaten.

Can you have too much sugar from fruit?

I'm vegetarian / sometimes vegan and I eat a lot of the stuff on my good days...its either that or I'd be face first into a chocolate cake!

What should I do? Should I ignore this or is it important to limit fruit? The idea of cutting back on fruit to me seems bonkers! Weight Watchers has a zero point allowance for fruit I thought? So will it hinder my weight loss?

Opinions and input much appreciated! tongue laugh
March 25, 2012 12:12 PM
BUMP! Need advice!
March 25, 2012 12:15 PM
Just because it is good for you doesn't mean it doesn't have calories. Try low sugar fruits like berries.
March 25, 2012 12:15 PM
I am a vegetarian and eat a lot of fruits and veggies and researched this question a few weeks ago because I found the same exact thing. I go over on sugar almost everyday, and it is usually never because of added sugar or sugar in processed foods, just natural sugar. What I found was that this is okay because your body processes natural sugar differently. It is much easier to break down and gives you energy too. As long as you aren't going over calories, you will be fine. I make my own dehydrated fruit and eat that a lot as snacks.
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March 25, 2012 12:19 PM
Too much sugar is bad. That being said, after looking at your diary most of your sugar does come from fruit. Now, if it is fruit or going face first into the chocolate cake, yes, go for the fruit! I think that is why Weight Watchers says that fruit is free. If you can keep the processed sugar out of your diet (sugar that is added to food in any form be it high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, fructose, etc..) and maybe tweak things a little bit to include less of the high sugar fruits (like grapes) and maybe throw in a few extra veggies to help fill you up, you'll be fine. Of course, now I should go and put that into practice myself, lol.
  5402504
March 25, 2012 12:34 PM
Thanks so much guys! smile I defo agree, it is much better to eat fruit than to indulge my sweet tooth by gorging on chocolate bars laugh But I might try eating some fruit that is lower in sugar!
March 25, 2012 12:37 PM
I asked my nutritionist the same question. I eat tons of fruit and yogurt and always go over my sugar. She said that its natural sugar and your body processes it better. I've been eating lots of fruit and I've lost 20lbs.
March 25, 2012 12:40 PM
Yeah, you don't need to worry too much about that. You would have to eat a crazy amount of fruit for the sugar to have a negative affect
March 25, 2012 12:59 PM
Yes be careful with the fruits you eat, or the amount. A cup of red grapes has enough sugar for an entire day! Crazy to think when they're supposed to be so good for you.

I remember I saw a weight loss show that went through the people cupboards and fridge and the woman was eating healthier than you'd expect but would eat like 8 apples in a sitting not thinking that those sugars would affect her. Wrong!

any how I still think it's better than chowing down on chocolate etc, but still be careful with fruits. If you can switch a few snacks to veggies that will help.
  8524895
March 25, 2012 1:07 PM
QUOTE:

I am a vegetarian and eat a lot of fruits and veggies and researched this question a few weeks ago because I found the same exact thing. I go over on sugar almost everyday, and it is usually never because of added sugar or sugar in processed foods, just natural sugar. What I found was that this is okay because your body processes natural sugar differently. It is much easier to break down and gives you energy too. As long as you aren't going over calories, you will be fine. I make my own dehydrated fruit and eat that a lot as snacks.


Thank you!!!
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March 25, 2012 2:50 PM
Lots of mixed opinions, thanks so much everyone for commenting! Its one of those things that I cant figure out...I watch fruitarians on youtube who are craaaaazzzy lean and toned and ONLY eat fruit, very sugary fruit! (see 30bananasaday.com or type in Freelee into youtube!)

Then you have some low-carb diets (well, nearly all of them) banning most fruit and limiting it to certain controlled quantities! Fruit is natures candy, I needs it! tongue
March 25, 2012 3:48 PM
Sugar is sugar is sugar. You can indeed have too much sugar from fruit. You could try replacing some fruit with raw veg -- celery with some sort of nut butter or hummous, ferinstance....

Fruitarianism works for some people, just as some people can live on soda and candy bars and still look great. At least fruit has other "good" components, too. >_o
Edited by FlynnMacCallister On March 25, 2012 3:53 PM
March 25, 2012 3:54 PM
I've also heard mixed opinions - but for me, it's fruit or chocolate. I opt for eating a lot of fruit. I like vegetables, but I could never substitute a vegetable everytime I wanted a piece of fruit (tried... failed). Soooo, that being said - I took the sugar out of diary. Problem solved. I eat very little processed foods, so most of my sugar comes from fruit.
March 25, 2012 3:54 PM
QUOTE:

I am a vegetarian and eat a lot of fruits and veggies and researched this question a few weeks ago because I found the same exact thing. I go over on sugar almost everyday, and it is usually never because of added sugar or sugar in processed foods, just natural sugar. What I found was that this is okay because your body processes natural sugar differently. It is much easier to break down and gives you energy too. As long as you aren't going over calories, you will be fine. I make my own dehydrated fruit and eat that a lot as snacks.


I agree with this. Natural sugar is fine unless you're eating copious amounts of it or unless you're diabetic or have some other blood sugar related issue. I don't even track my sugar because I always go over and while it's not all natural, most of it is. Don't worry about it.
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March 25, 2012 3:59 PM
Sugar is sugar, the source doesn't matter. That said, are you diabetic? Then sugar will be a bad thing. If you arent, then, quite frankly, the amount of sugar you eat makes no difference. The human body doesn't see "apple" or "chocolate cake." it just sees "sucrose," "glucose," and "fructose." As long as you stick to your calorie goal, then you can eat as much, or as little sugar as you want. It's irrelevant.
March 25, 2012 4:02 PM
I wouldn't worry about the sugar in fruit. First, fruit has fiber that helps counter act the sugar. Second, fruit is full of lots of good things for you.

Especially if the choice is fruit or junk--go for the fruit!

While previous posters are correct, fruit has calories so make sure you're not over eating it, fruit is healthy. The sugar in it, isn't going to affect you. It doesn't cause the highs and lows of say a candy bar.
  5444783
March 25, 2012 4:03 PM
Too much of anything can quite quickly turn into a bad thing. I personally believe the motto: Everything in moderation.

That being said, unless you are diabetic, or pre-diabetic, or have some other medical problem with high blood sugar I personally don't think you have to be concerned. There are a lot worse foods that you could be eating than fruit. Maybe you could focus on eating more fruits that have lower amounts of sugar like lemons/limes, rhubarb, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, etc.

And maybe try to steer clear of consuming too many of the high sugar fruits such as cantaloupes, bananas, cherries, grapes, tangerines, etc., especialy if you are going to eat a lot of them.
  15015099
March 25, 2012 4:04 PM
A nutritionist told me that i can eat alllllllllll the fruits and veggies i want! The sugars from fruits are complex sugars, which takes longer for the body to break down so it's actually good for you and keeps you full longer annnnnnndddddd it's jam packed with nutrients! so in the words of my nutritionist "eat to your hearts content!" I eat fruits and veggies alot and i not experience not one negative thing.
March 25, 2012 4:08 PM
QUOTE:

Sugar is sugar, the source doesn't matter. That said, are you diabetic? Then sugar will be a bad thing. If you arent, then, quite frankly, the amount of sugar you eat makes no difference. The human body doesn't see "apple" or "chocolate cake." it just sees "sucrose," "glucose," and "fructose." As long as you stick to your calorie goal, then you can eat as much, or as little sugar as you want. It's irrelevant.


The question is more "are you diabetic, pre-diabetic, in a high diabetes risk group, or having a family history of diabetes?" but, yeah, I'll go with that.
March 25, 2012 4:09 PM
As with anything diet related, better choices can be made. Whether you need to make those choices depends on if you are meeting your caloric goals for the day. Berries generally have lower sugar than other fruits, so make a good choice.

Is there a specific reason you are worried about sugar? It's the stuff in processed food that provides no benefit and should be avoided.
March 25, 2012 4:12 PM
Unless you have diabetes or a glucose intolerance, going over your allotted sugar intake for the day due to fruits is not a bad thing. I would definitely focus in on the grams of carbs you are taking in on a daily basis, as this is a much more useful tool than looking at sugars alone.
March 25, 2012 4:14 PM
Can anyone list the fruits from low to high sugar? Everyone's saying grapes are high..
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March 25, 2012 4:15 PM
Good question. I too, am a vegetarian, and I was considering cutting out some of my favorite fruits for the same reason (crazy, I know!). But after reading the above comments, I think I'll continue chomping away at my apples, berries, and bananas because I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic. *shrugs* drinker Here's to fruit!!!!
Edited by phatty4dayz On March 25, 2012 4:17 PM
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March 25, 2012 4:16 PM
Lots of good advice above. But I'll just say not all fruits are created equal (i.e. berries and melons are better than bananas or grapes). Check the glycemic index. Also, you can get a lot of the same nutritional benefits from veggies, which come with far less sugar. So if you've got a pepper and an apple, you can get good carbs and tons of nutrients from each, but you're better off with the pepper. That said, if it's fruit vs. a bag of Skittles? Hells yeah, fruit wins.
March 25, 2012 4:17 PM
I was going over on sugar daily, and near all of it was fruit. I didn't feel like I became overweight from eating to many apples, so I decided not to track sugar anymore. I lose faster than the mfp projections, so I don't think the sugar is holding me back. That said, everyone's different and you need to experiment and see what works for you.

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