Fruit Juices and Dried Fruits Should Be Limited

Fruit Juices and Dried Fruits Should Be Limited

Even though whole fruits are very healthy for most people, avoid binging on fruit juice or dried fruit.

Many of the fruit juices on the market aren’t even “real” fruit juices. They consist of water mixed with some sort of concentrate and a whole bunch of added sugar.

But even if you get 100% real fruit juice, keep your intake moderate.

There is a lot of sugar in fruit juice, about as much as a sugar-sweetened beverage.

However, there is no fiber and chewing resistance to slow down consumption, making it very easy to take in a large amount of sugar in a short period of time.

Similarly, dried fruits are very high in sugar, and it’s easy to eat large amounts of them.

Smoothies are somewhere in the middle. If you put the whole fruit in the blender, it’s much better than drinking fruit juice. Still, eating the whole fruit is best.

SUMMARY
Although eating whole fruits is very healthy, the same isn’t necessarily true for fruit juice and dried fruit. Both are high in sugar and easy to overeat.
The Bottom Line
Fruit is healthy for most people.

While excessive sugar intake can be harmful, this doesn’t apply to whole fruits. Rather, they are “real” food, high in nutrients and satisfyingly filling.

If you can tolerate fruit and you’re not on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, by all means, eat fruit.

Try eating more whole fruits as part of a healthy, real-foods-based diet to enjoy their health benefits.

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