Updated: Mar 25
The other day one of my clients asked me if fruits make people gain weight...
I told her that fruits are part of a healthy diet plan.
She said that she and her coworker were eating a banana and her manager told them that fruits make them fat because they’re high in sugar.
There are many myths about foods and one of them is that sugar makes you fat...
Let me clarify this myth. Fruits are not a contributor of the obesity epidemic. However, processed refined sugars are the real problem. These sugars are high in calories, don’t have a nutritional value, don’t make people feel full, easy to access, cheap, and they are addicting. Now, can you see why these sugars contribute to obesity?
However, sugars from real fruits are not high in calories; they have nutritional value such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and antioxidants; they are from Mother Nature; they make people feel full; there are a variety of fruits; they increase ones energy; they decreased heart attacks and they are not addicting.
I read that fruits are the most perfect food to eat. If fruits are eaten right, they do not require a lot of energy to digest. Fruits are made of a carbohydrate chain called fructose, but the body can be easily converted into glucose. Glucose is what the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and the peripheral system) needs to function properly. Also, fruits contain 90 to 95% water, not high in calories, and they hydrate the body easily. In addition, a high water content fruit is good for cleansing the body.
The myth of fruits making you fat is truly a myth, or a lie to be more specific...
I have yet to meet a vegetarian person (whom has a high intake of fruits) that is fat. No research has proven that fruits make people fat. Refined and processed sugar does.
So next time you go buy your groceries, fill up your shopping cart with fruits.
To take full advantage of fruit consumption one recommendation is to eat fruits in an empty stomach. Fruits are not primarily digested in the stomach. They are digested in the small intestine. However, if there are other foods in the stomach, such as meats, the fruits are fermented losing some nutritional value. It is okay to juice fruits, but not to buy juice from concentrate. Most bottled juices have been processed and have lost nutritional value. A juicer is a good investment. Someone told me that I should sell my car and buy a juicer instead.
Add fruits to your diet and get the best out of eating fruits. Make it a lifetime behavior, safe money in the long term, avoid diseases, lose weight, feel energetic, and enjoy a good meal or snack without the worry that you will gain weight.
Custom Body Fitness is located in Glenwood Springs CO and Carbondale CO