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paleo diet and fruit

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Created June 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I thought you could have fruit on the paleo diet?

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600 · June 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I personally don't take that into account as everything that we eat has changed to some extent :)

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12677 · June 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Not to be nitpicky, but chili peppers are a fruit.

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41460 · June 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

This is sort of an old caveman's tale.

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11581 · June 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Not so, at least in the regions where we spent the vast majority of our time evolving. http://rawfoodsos.com/2011/05/31/wild-and-ancient-fruit/

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5043 · June 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Right you are, my bad, @bachcole. "Simplistic" might have been a better word choice. But it does get me riled when people malign all fruit as simply packages of fructose, water and fiber. It's probably PMS. I'll go eat an apple.

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1439 · June 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

"Disingenuous" implies that the writer was deliberately trying to deceive. I am sure that TimB was not trying to deceive.

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5043 · June 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Ditto Dave - Of course you can have fruit on the paleo diet - it just depends on your objectives.

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5043 · June 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

For the record, there are tons of beneficial compounds and vitamins in fruit. Apples are a fantastic source of pectin, for example. Berries are crammed with antioxidants. Lumping all fruit into a "sweet" fructose-carrying package is a little disingenuous, IMHO. You get more vitamin C from chili peppers than from fruit, BTW.

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20411 · June 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

If you are not trying to lose weight, then eat all you want. Some people can eat fruit and lose weight, other people not so much. The only reasons not to eat fruit are a) need to lose weight b) need to keep carbs low (diabetes or weight loss) c) fructose malabsorption (one cause of IBS) d) allergies (I had a co-worker that was allergic to strawberries - just being in the coffee area with them made her face swell up really bad).

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2801 · June 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Culinary fruits are so incredibly diverse in terms of nutrients and digestion that you're going to have to do a bit of self-experimentation. See how starchy fruits (e.g. bananas, plantains) compare to berries (e.g. blueberries, raspberries) compare to fatty fruits like avocado.

All fruit is "paleo" in its unprocessed state, but just because something is "paleo" does not make it a good source of nutrition for you as an individual.

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3217 · June 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

You can. Different people respond differently to different foods. All of us don't have the same goals, also. How much fruit are you eating? What else are you eating?

Personally, when I was trying to lose weight more aggressively, I found that my weight loss stalled if I ate too much fruit. I'm not even talking about eating fruit all day--I mean one piece daily. When I backed off the fruit a bit, the weight loss picked up. (I had a similar experience with nuts.)

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315 · June 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Yes fruit is paleo. Paleo is not a no-carb diet, it just tends to be lower in carbs. Like they said above, some people cam lose weight while eating fruit, some can't. I personally eat 3 servings of fruit a day. One problem with eating fruit is that the sugars in the fruit will lead to more sugar cravings later on in the day, so if you have a problem with sweets, then it's best to cut fruit out of the diet, unless you can be satisfied with subbing an apple for a piece of cake, which many people can't. If you're stalling on your weightloss, you can always try going a week without any fruit and see what happens. I for one get very grouchy when I don't have ANY carbs in my diet, and I find that eating fruit a few times a day is the only way I can maintain a paleo diet.

Also, be aware of the nutrient benefits of the fruits you're eating. Try to get the most bang for your buck.

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1631 · June 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Yes you can eat fruit. They're are, contrary to belief, many sweet wild fruits.

Fruit is full of fiber,anti-oxidants, anti-disease compounds and it taste delicious. Personally I eat a lot of fruit. Melons, berry's, citrus, it's all so good. I do have a high activity level though. Just make sure the amount you are eating is working FOR YOU! It's better to go eat a large amount of fruit than it is to binge on ice cream or chocolate cake. If you feel you need more carbs. Eat some fruit or a bit of starch.

For those that are diabetics you may need to watch your intake. You can eat more carbohydrate granted you are regularly exercising though.

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1439 · June 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Remember that sweet fruits were not really so sweet 25,000 years ago because no one was selecting the seeds of the sweet fruits and planting them, hoping to get more sweet fruits the next season. The same could probably be said for avocados and other non-sweet fruits. So there is a lot of tweaking that we have to do to make sure that the fruits that we eat match our individual genetic structure plus compensate for the damage of a lifetime of not eating paleo. So, with fruits, you have to work out the details, as suggested by other posters above.

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11581 · June 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Not so, at least in the regions where we spent the vast majority of our time evolving. http://rawfoodsos.com/2011/05/31/wild-and-ancient-fruit/

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41460 · June 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

This is sort of an old caveman's tale.

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600 · June 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I personally don't take that into account as everything that we eat has changed to some extent :)

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4100 · June 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Well, I think there is a difference between eating bananas and say berries. I try to stick to berries mostly, not bananas and other really sweet fruit.

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111 · June 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Most sweet fruit is mostly fructose, fiber and water, with some micro-nutrients like vitamin C. You can eat some fruit, but nutrient-wise it's far from ideal. When losing weight, I wouldn't eat more than one piece of fruit per day.

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12677 · June 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Not to be nitpicky, but chili peppers are a fruit.

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5043 · June 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Right you are, my bad, @bachcole. "Simplistic" might have been a better word choice. But it does get me riled when people malign all fruit as simply packages of fructose, water and fiber. It's probably PMS. I'll go eat an apple.

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1439 · June 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

"Disingenuous" implies that the writer was deliberately trying to deceive. I am sure that TimB was not trying to deceive.

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5043 · June 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

For the record, there are tons of beneficial compounds and vitamins in fruit. Apples are a fantastic source of pectin, for example. Berries are crammed with antioxidants. Lumping all fruit into a "sweet" fructose-carrying package is a little disingenuous, IMHO. You get more vitamin C from chili peppers than from fruit, BTW.

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