Fruit recommendations are ALL OVER the place so I want to help you unpack the “Why” behind fruit and then give you a list of fruits most people should aim for.
1. IS FRUIT PALEO?
Absolutely. Fruit could be gathered without process and is therefore, Paleo.
2. IS ALL FRUIT GOOD FOR YOU?
Yes, all fruit is good for you, though some may be better than others and VARIETY is key to any diet. Remember that some fruits like grapefruit can force your body to respond differently to certain medications such as statin drugs for cholesterol so get yourself healthy and get off those meds!
3. CAN I LOSE WEIGHT WHILE EATING FRUIT?
Yes but you want to limit your fruit to 1-2 servings a day and get THIN SKINNED FRUITS…More on that later.
4. WILL FRUIT HELP MY SPORTS PERFORMANCE?
YES. I used to be a GU and gels fanatic until I learned more about the human body. No matter the formulation, no pill/supplement/gu will ever help your body perform as well as real food. Train your body to function well on natural food and the vitamin/mineral absorption should be phenomenal. I don’t touch GUs anymore. They made me fat.
5. GIVE ME A FRUIT LIST
*STRAWBERRIES: 1 cup of this incredible berry only has 48 calories. It also bosts about 90 mg of vitamin C which is %150 of the recommended daily value.
*BLUEBERRIES: Besides being high in antioxidants and anticancer elements, blueberries are high in Polyphenols which have been called essential lifespan elements. Blueberries may help fight chronic disease and can help lower blood sugar.
*CHERRIES: A low glycemic fruit (won’t spike your blood sugar) which has about 70 calories per 15 units. Help lower inflammation. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Truly a super-fruit.
*APRICOTS: This amazing fruit has high vitamin A and magnesium, an essential mineral for over 300 processes in the body. It’s also high in Folate, a vitamin essential in avoiding spina bifida in developing fetuses.
*RASPBERRIES: 100 grams of berries has roughly %16 of your daily recommended fiber intakes. It’s also rich in Vitamin C and other minerals/vitamins.
6. THICK OR THIN SKINNED FRUIT?
That depends on your goals. Remember that in general, thicker skinned fruit will tend to have a higher sugar to vitamin/mineral ratio. The most effective way to get down to a healthy body weight, in my opinion, is to think of sugar as fuel. If you eat sugar, it’s going to get used for activity or stored as fat…so if you’re not being really active, eat low-sugar fruit that will help the body repair with vitamins/minerals without making you store fuel as fat. Anything extra is jiggle.
If you’re training for endurance or strength competition and your goal is speed/performance. You need more sugar…but not in the form of cake. Eat thick-skinned, high-sugar fruits to get the extra boost.
Eat the fruit. Love the fruit.