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Cutting Back on Fruit

I've definitely started to notice there are a lot more Paleo friendly stories in the media recently.  Perhaps the tide is finally turning?

I used to eat a lot of fruit and was always under the impression that you could never have too much.  It’s good for you, right?  Since I've got more and more into Paleo I've drastically cut back my fruit consumption from several pieces a day – down to maybe one or two pieces a week.  Fruit contains a lot of fructose, which means it elevates blood sugar.  I limit my carbohydrate intake in my Paleo diet, so fruit doesn't feature very often.  I've been feeling great since I've been limiting carbohydrates, so I'm definitely on the right track.

When I do have fruit, I make sure I go for something in season.  I also choose a fruit with a good nutritional profile, and a lower fructose content.  Berries are a really good choice as they contain antioxidants and relatively lower sugar than many other fruits.  Now we’re almost coming into summer fresh berries are becoming more and more abundant, so it’s definitely time to enjoy them.  I eat a wide variety of good quality grass-fed organic meat and vegetables, so I am certain I am not missing out any nutrients by omitting regular fruit from my diet.

The Sydney Morning Herald posted an article this weekend on the role of sugar in obesity, in which Dr Taylor talks about how he believes sugar, not fat is behind the rise in obesity.  Dr Taylor is running the Epworth Sweet Study in Melbourne where 100 participants are restricting carbohydrate (and fruit) intake, with positive results.

Hopefully articles like this will become more and more common place.

Have you limited your fruit intake?  Which types of fruit do you value the most?

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12 replies
  1. Dean Ouellette
    Dean Ouellette says:

    I have cut back to about 2-3 pieces a month and it has allowed me to get my weight loss coming again. I am still in the mode of dropping weight, about another 10-15 to go and it has made a difference.

  2. Alice Claussen
    Alice Claussen says:

    I have also cut back on fruit. I noticed it triggers my carb cravings and stops my weight loss process. I’m back to the Atkins Induction now so I’ve cut the fruit back to zero except for avocados, but my case is somewhat extreme since I have a thyroid misfunction that makes me put on weight realy easy. I hope I’ll be able to reintroduce berries soon, but definitely my beloved bananas and papayas will have to stay out of my life forever.

  3. ajsincl
    ajsincl says:

    I also have hypothyrodism, but i have been eating lots of fruit and nuts along with the meat and veggies. i am losing the weight, since my stomach has reduced since i stopped eating the grains, and i need the fruit to keep to prevent constipation. i try and keep the fruit down to 2-3 peices a day. So much fruit is available it is hard to decide what to eat. Maybe i need more veggies to replace the fruit.

    • PaleoGirl
      PaleoGirl says:

      Definitely worth trying to swap some of the fruit for veg – and making sure the fruit is varieties that are lower in fructose, like berries for instance. Well done on the weight loss!

  4. Elissa
    Elissa says:

    Since reading Sweet Poison by David Gillespie I have cut back on fruit to maybe 1-2 serves a day if that, usually just tomato or a handful of blueberries, that fructose scares me! I have upped my green vege intake alot of spinach, kale and rocket. YUM.

  5. Lesley
    Lesley says:

    I used to be a fruit addict !!! I would eat 2-3 oranges in a row a couple of apples -a whole bag of grapes – omg Nectariines ,Plums!!!’ Just could not stop scoffing them! That would sometimes be all I would eat in a day until dinner then some after dinner!
    No wonder I had such digestive issues !!
    I have been. 2 years LCHF /Paleo and whilst enjoying a small bowl of berries ( quantity control) at the moment because they are in season I generally eat no fruit and now NO ISSUES my poor gut really copped it for to many years

  6. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    I’ve cut fruit back to around one serving pr. day. I find that it makes me less tired, less foggy-brained. I also cannot have water-kefir or kombucha as I feel almost drunk when I do… But I’ve gotten used to the taste of beer kvass instead.

  7. Loria
    Loria says:

    Since becoming Paleo I have lowered my fruit intake, generally sticking to berries. But I will occasionally have a banana or Apple from time to time. When it’s Apple season it’s hard to not have one!


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