This is a controversial topic with many people in the “quit sugar” and the “don’t quit sugar” camps – fruit.
Who would have thought something so small would have such a huge impact on people deciding whether or not they would like to cut back on the amount of sugar they eat in their diet?! It is mind boggling, really it is.
Do I eat fruit?
Short answer: Yes!
Long Answer: Yes, I eat fruit!
No, really I do eat fruit. I am not a fan of pineapple, I find that it can hurt my teeth, but I love all fruit. While I was first doing the 8-week plan I did initially cut fruit out of my diet for 2 weeks. At the time, I wasn’t a really big fruit eater anyway so it really didn’t make much of an impact to my life. So I didn’t have an apple or banana every now and then, big deal. It was only when I had failed that round of quitting sugar, was back in my old habits again and that I wanted to really give quitting a go. I began to follow the plan again and went ahead and quit all fruit. I did it for two weeks and then I had some banana. I didn’t feel bad that I didn’t make it the whole time that is recommended; I just did what I could. I felt more in control the second time through that I had made more changes and that the food swaps were beginning to stick and that I was addressing my eating habits. So the cutting back on fruit for the full 8 weeks just wasn’t a big deal for me.
Why I eat fruit
I eat fruit because it is delicious! I however do not drink fruit juice; that is my non-negotiable. If someone offers me a glass of orange juice, I will always decline. If someone offers me half an orange to eat, then I will eat it and happily!
The whole fruit includes the fibre of the flesh and also the naturally occurring fruit sugar. I feel better for it and I don’t see the point in wasting my time to drink fruit juice. I also don’t really like fruit juice mixes either; but that is my own personal preference.
People have a million opinions on fruit – what Sarah Wilson recommends is to go for lower fructose fruit such as berries, kiwi fruit, grapefruit etc. She also recommends moderating the amount of fruit you eat per day – maybe don’t have 5 pieces of fruit per day and have just one? See it just seems like a simple thing and nothing to get all crazy about.
Now What Should I do?
That is easiest answer of all – make your own mind up! You decide for yourself what you want to put in your mouth and if that includes apples, berries, oranges and bananas, then do it. If you are allergic to fruit sugars then you would be best avoiding the fruits that set your allergies off.
If you are looking to reset your taste buds, give yourself a couple of weeks without (or as long as you feel good and your body is working properly) fruit and then introduce smaller amounts and a wider range of lower fructose fruits. I think you will notice a difference in your mind and body.
What do you think – let me know if you are anti-fruit, love fruit, scared to not eat fruit or can’t fathom not eating 10 pieces of fruit a day!