I love fruit! I eat some sort of fruit everyday. Now, that being said I’m aware of my fruit intake. I love bananas but I know that eating a whole banana spikes up your sugar levels, so I normally eat half. Everyone has heard of ways to eat fruit, like my parents read ages ago that you should always eat fruit on an empty stomach or at least 2 hours after eating and THEN you must wait 15 minutes before eating anything else or it ferments in your stomach. It’s all too much? What is the truth about eating fruit and how much fruit should you eat per day?
First off, in order to calculate how much fruit to eat you have to designate how many calories you want to consume. For instance if you eat 1,800 calories a day then 40 percent of those should be carbs, but if you eat an apple and a banana you’ve already consumed close to 60 carbs, add another banana and you’re almost at 50 percent of your carb intake for the day.
Most of us exercise, so eating more carbs is okay because exercising helps digest fruit. Yay! Try this, before you hit the gym, eat some fruit, it gives you carbs / sugar for that sustained energy you’re looking for when working out. For instance, eating melon is great because it’s higher in water so it hydrates you as well as gives you energy.
We all know fruits have antioxidants, but the darker the fruit the more the antioxidants and the smaller the fruit the better. Plus, a lot of berries are way more fibrous and we can all use more fiber in our diets.
At the end of the day you want to eat fruit in moderation and you should focus on eating more vegetables. So reach for that tomato! Just kidding, tomatoes are technically a fruit. Reach for that leafy green veggie over that piece of fruit. Vegetables should always outweigh our fruit intake.