The truth of the matter is fruit is full of fructose BUT fruit is also full of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Sarah Wilson States
"We are designed to metabolise the amount of sugar contained in two small pieces of fruit a day. If fruit is your only source of fructose in a day, then two pieces of fruit is fantastic. But if you are also having other sources of added sugar/fructose such as a few squares of chocolate, breads or sauces then you might want to consider upping your vegetable intake instead (indeed, this is our approach on The Program). Most vegetables are more nutrient-dense than fruit anyway."
David Gilespie States
"I don’t eat fruit at all. There’s nothing in fruit that you can’t get in a vegetable but with significantly less sugar. Fruit is a treat. It’s the plant world’s sweet shop. Once you’re off sugar fruit tastes incredibly sweet and so I don’t eat it apart from an occasional piece. The Australian healthy eating guideline is a maximum two pieces of fruit a day (for an adult and one for a child). If that was the only fructose anyone got, I’d say that’s not going to do them any harm. It’s the kilo a week of sugar they’re getting from other sources that’s going to do them harm."
I fully understand and support the not having fruit in juice form, as to me the theory behind this makes perfect sense. The amount of fruit used to make juice is huge. If you tried to consume that in fruit form, you wouldn't even get through a quarter of it. The same goes for dried fruit. I counted 34 sultanas in a tiny box of sultanas that I used to put in the kids lunch boxes. I then counted out 34 grapes and sat them in front of me. That was a shitload of grapes!! Not to mention that the majority of fibre and water is removed with dried fruit, leaving behind a pile of condensed sugar.
In saying that, the husband makes smoothies and blends the whole fruit, he doesn't juice them. He knows how much fruit goes into his smoothies and shares them with the 1 year old, who is crazy for those things. Blending and juicing is not the same thing.
My children eat 2 pieces of fruit a day, one of these is a low fructose fruit that I choose (kiwi fruit, berries) and the other is their choice. The 6 year old usually goes towards mandarines or watermelon and the 1 year old goes crazy for bananas. They have one piece for morning tea and one as an after school snack. Me on the other hand, since quitting sugar I just don't have the desire to snack on fruit like I used to. I may add a few berries to a recipe, but otherwise fruit is not really on my radar. I think I have had one piece of fruit by itself in the last 9 weeks, but every other time it has been in a sorbet or slice. This has nothing to do with not knowing if I should eat them, its just my tastebuds have changed. Pre quitting sugar I would eat a fruit salad every night with yoghurt and nuts. I would have a banana for breakfast and a container of chopped up fruit each day for lunch at work. But the thought of that now does nothing for me.
As my friend and I discussed it further, I realised that the whole fruit thing is an each to their own dilemma. Personally, I think that in the first 8 weeks you should lay off anything that is naturally really sweet, incase it kickstarts the old sweet tooth back up. However in saying that, its your body and you know yourself better than anyone else.
If you are like my friend and the thought of not being able to have fruit is holding you back from quitting sugar than don't hide behind your banana any more. Quitting sugar isn't a one size fits all kinda diet. Include fruits if you must but research what fruits you can have and be a little flexible I guess.
Oh lordy, I just read back over this to proofread and realised this is my first blog entry that is serious.. I feel like I need to add the word *vomit *bum and *sh*t just to keep it in line with all my other posts. Next thing you know I will be going door to door preaching the good news of the fructose free lord... ALLEHULIA SISTER!!!