Is Sugar in Fruit Bad For You?

Logo_Dave_AppleSome types of fruit have a lot more sugar than others.

However, do not let anti-carbohydrate diets convince you that it’s bad to eat certain fruits.  The sugar in fruit can range from 0 grams in an avocado (yes, it’s a fruit) to 26 grams in a medium-sized pomegranate, with most fruits providing somewhere between 6 and 12 sugar grams per serving.  While all sugar adds calories to your diet, there are a lot of good reasons to choose fruit over nutritionally empty sweets like candy or soda.  It takes longer to digest and does not cause the spike in blood sugar (and subsequent hunger-inducing plummet) that the refined sugars in processed sweets do.

Fruit is often packed with fiber and water, both of which can help you feel full.  And it’s a great source of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.  Moreoever, giving healthful foods like fruit a prominent role in your diet leaves less room for unhealthy stuff.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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