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How much fruit can/do you eat on the Paleo diet?

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Created November 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Disclaimer: I'm not really looking to lose weight. At 5'6" and 120 lb, any weight I lose should not exceed 5 lb vanity weight. However I do like the idea of eating cleaner and cutting out processed junk, especially because of how I hear when you eat Paleo, women gain weight in a more traditionally feminine way (from what I read, processed foods basically go to your gut).

But my question is- in my situation, is fruit okay? I've been having a big dose of fruit for breakfast (one banana, one apple, sliced mango, and a smoothie). Since I lift weights I do need substantial calories. But is fruit an "always" food or a "sometimes" food? I love it so much!

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5043 · January 05, 2013 at 6:36 PM

SO not true about apples. I don't even know where to begin. Fiber? Pectin? Vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols?

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1974 · November 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Jcentonze - I get what you're saying. I also avoid nut flours. I think if weight became a problem I would look at the smoothies but I really like the flavor and convenience of sipping on one while driving. It does make sense that the lack of chewing could lead to over consumption though.

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1974 · November 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I have less fat than I did before paleo. I have only lost a couple pounds but have had comments from people who think I have lost weight. I have more abs and less fat on my stomach and my body just feels less fat and more toned... Kind of hard to explain it there is a definite difference. I do workout a lot so I am sure that helps but I have always worked out at this level without these results.

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72 · November 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM

What do you mean by change in body composition? Did you notice a different body shape? THat's kind of what I'm going for.

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39841 · November 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I probably eat 5+ apples a day. Love them.

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309 · November 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

This comment isn't meant to troll, just to clarify. My advice (again, unscientific) against the smoothie is based on the principle of eating whole foods - no more, no less. I follow this principle for a number of reasons: it's much more difficult to over-consume if you have to chew your food; blending your fruit takes away some of the 'work' that your body does in digesting, which has unknown effects on the whole process. It's the same reason I avoid nut flours.

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1021 · November 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

nobody can say how much fruit should be allowed on the paleo diet, although fruit is absolutely paleo, because there are wild fruits all over the planet and must have existed in paleo times.

eat whatever amount makes you feel best.

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1631 · November 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I eat ALOT of fruit and stay super lean. I think that if you are eating very large amount of fat and fruit together you will either maintain or even gain weight. Cutting out one macro-nutrient, whether that be fat or carbohydrate usually results in weight loss. If you are very active I think you should be ok. If you find yourself gaining weight then cut it out! If not and you feel fine, keep eating it.

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2978 · November 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I eat about 3 pieces a day, and did so even when I was was losing weight. I'm unswayed by the notion that some fruits are better than others (there is lots of good data on the pectin & flavonoids in apples, for instance, and on their favorable impact on bacteria in the digestive tract) so other than bananas and an occasional persimmon or pineapple or mango, I try to eat seasonal local fruits, so for me that means peaches & plums & berries & nectarines in the summer, apples & asian pears in the fall and winter.

And I do eat avocado every day, but don't think of it as a fruit even though I know it is. Ditto with tomatoes, which I eat in summer.

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0 · January 08, 2013 at 10:52 AM

That depends on which fruit you have been eating, there are some fruits which would consist of much more calorie then you think. It would be best if you keep calorie chart with you that is available at the market. If your are on a fruit diet then you can also go for Edible fruit arrangements which that you will enjoy to eat.

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0 · January 05, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Ack Joanna! I have Medjool dates in the house all the time because "they are paleo" lol. (apparently not!) I am learning more every day..... at least I have cut out the processed stuff.... now to work on cutting down on fruit. Thanks all.

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789 · November 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM

If you're not looking to lose fat, fruit should be fine. You're maintaining. I am losing fat so I avoid fruit unless as a treat

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3979 · November 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

It's obviously different for everyone. Me, I eat absolutely no fruit. I feel at my best that way.

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5650 · November 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

i think the amount you're eating is totally fine. i usually eat 1-3 pieces of fruit a day. just depends what i'm in the mood for. now if i have medjool dates in the house, all bets are off.

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5006 · November 14, 2012 at 8:49 PM

If the worst thing you are eating is some fruit than you are doing better than 99% of the population in the United States. With that being said, you stated you were happy with your weight so if you are not gaining weight on the fruit can you should be fine. I do prefer a high protein/high fat intake if I do eat breakfast and save any carbohydrates for later in the day post workout. It might be worth trying as a fruit smoothie probably leaves you pretty hungry around mid morning. Congratulations on cutting out the processed crap and again, if eating some fruit is the worst thing in your diet, you are in good shape.

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430 · November 14, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I think it all depends on the person. If you eat a lot of fruit and are fine with it, i.e doesn't cause blood sugar crash, no bloatings or sugar cravings, then go for it. Considering you say you don't need to lose weight and need carbs for your weight lifting, then it should be fine. You could also include (sweet) potatoes for carbs if you get bored of fruit. Personally I prefer a protein/fat breakfast but everyone is different.

However, if you find yourself putting on weight then I'd reconsider your intake

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1974 · November 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I'm about your bmi... 5'8 127 lbs. I eat lots of fruit and have noticed a change in my body composition on paleo even with the heavy fruit intake. Idk why people are telling you to cut the smoothie... I have one daily and find that it is a great way to get lots of fruit and fat in me. I usually put a banana, lots of berries, coconut milk, and nut butter in mine.

I usually eat a smoothie a day an also eat a large salad, loaded with apples, dried fruit, pomogranete etc. I think fruit is great and super healthy... I LOVE it too!

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1974 · November 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Jcentonze - I get what you're saying. I also avoid nut flours. I think if weight became a problem I would look at the smoothies but I really like the flavor and convenience of sipping on one while driving. It does make sense that the lack of chewing could lead to over consumption though.

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309 · November 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

This comment isn't meant to troll, just to clarify. My advice (again, unscientific) against the smoothie is based on the principle of eating whole foods - no more, no less. I follow this principle for a number of reasons: it's much more difficult to over-consume if you have to chew your food; blending your fruit takes away some of the 'work' that your body does in digesting, which has unknown effects on the whole process. It's the same reason I avoid nut flours.

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1974 · November 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I have less fat than I did before paleo. I have only lost a couple pounds but have had comments from people who think I have lost weight. I have more abs and less fat on my stomach and my body just feels less fat and more toned... Kind of hard to explain it there is a definite difference. I do workout a lot so I am sure that helps but I have always worked out at this level without these results.

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72 · November 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM

What do you mean by change in body composition? Did you notice a different body shape? THat's kind of what I'm going for.

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26182 · November 14, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Not sure what goes into your smoothie, but those usually have added sugar, and remove some of the fiber, so they may not be the best choice.

As for fruit, I like it, I eat it. During weight loss I didn't eat as much as I do now. Also not all fruit is created equal. Coconut is a fruit (I think?), Advocados, Olives, aLl fruit and have fewer sugars than others. Berries have tons of great stuff in them. Apples, on the other hand, are basically sacks of sugar.

But I think, if you are in maintenance, fruit is generally fine.

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5043 · January 05, 2013 at 6:36 PM

SO not true about apples. I don't even know where to begin. Fiber? Pectin? Vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols?

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309 · November 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

With absolutely no science to back it up - meh - eat what you're craving. If Grok came across a huge orchard, that's what he'd eat. Diversity is key here. Mix it up. The smoothie I'd avoid - even if you're the one doing the processing, it's still a processed food. Seasonality has a play in this too - eating cleaner is for you and the planet, so if your fruit is being shipped in from across the globe, both of you are losing.

Yes, you can eat too much fruit, but if you're not going overboard and are diversifying your intake, you should be okay. Listen to your body - some days you'll really crave the fructose. Cutting out the processed foods and refined sugars will throw you for a loop for a little while.

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