I'm a newbie at this--officially one month Paleo on Wednesday.
I was wondering how much is too much fruit per day?!
I normally eat per day: (1) a banana with breakfast, which is normally with a quiche I make(eggs, coconut milk, bell pepper, onion, left over meat or bacon), and (2) an apple or pear(berries/grapes when in season) as part of a snack with meat (bacon, nitrate free salami or left over meat). Give or take having it on hand.
I definitely lack the energy without it.
I eat about 2-5 pieces of fruit per day. That includes the real sweet stuff like bananas. The rest of my diet consists of greens, meat and fish. Most of my ancestors came from tropical Africa and my body feels right with this amount of fruit. I am not a fruit-phobe like so many paleo types.
The rare grapefruit and berries once or twice a week at most.
Personally, if your energy is crashing without it, all the more reason to cut back.
That tells me something is wrong. Blood sugar issues most likely. I would try to find a balance to your blood sugar, try VLC for a while and teach your body to use ketones, once you've adapted, you'll find boundless energy prior to eating and you'll only desire those carbs for glycogen repletion post high intensity workouts.
Then a tuber is a much better choice than fructose.
Our ancestors grew and developed in the tropics until some 50 thousands years ago, meaning only left for Europe_Asia in the last 3% of humanity time range. That means all of us should be fully adapted to eat plenty of fruit, as nearly all existing hunter gatherers do, still today. Also I do not buy the winter-summer division for fruit consumption, unless you actually inhabit a room without any heating, as the Tehuelche men in Patagonia or the Arctic Inuit did until one century ago, because in that case you would really be adapted to winter: Most Western people have a pseudo-winter these days, because rooms have very intense heating. I do accept though, if someone individually thinks that fruit consumption would make him bigger or raise his glucose blood level, that he keeps his consumption low as a personal choice, but please do not try to scare other people out of having some fruit!
None... Maybe a few grape tomatoes in a salad once or twice a week. I'm living on fats and proteins, Panu style. If I'm around berries though, I will likely have a few, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, but rarely.
I eat fruit several times a day, bananas, apples and oranges, sometimes grapes or peaches. Anti-fruit paleo types make as much sense to me as anti-meat vegans! Except for eskymos or other rare group living close to the north pole, most hunter gatherers in Africa, the Americas, and Asia did have large amounts of fruit.
Avocados are the only fruit I eat. If you must eat it, choose low fructose varieties such as raspberries and strawberries. If your fat loss has stalled, your fructose intake is why.
Im very cautious on fruits, cause of the high sugar and the acid. So i nearly eat no fruit. Last week i eat some frozen durian. Two apples. I just got some cranberries. some dried sea-buckthorn. rosehips, some tomatos.
not dates, very cautious with hybrid farmed fruits, which are high sugar. I try to feel how my body react.
It really depends on how active you are and the direction you are taking your body composition (are you trying to lose weight). Also your body will adjust to a lower carb intake overtime. Depending on your activity level a banana everyday with more fruit intake later in the day is probably a bit too much fructose. Now if that banana comes after a run or some other glycogen depleting activity it's probably fine. I would cut out that daily banana and replace it with something a little lower in sugar (berries or just drop the fruit all together).
As with most every question in this forum, there will be a wide variety of answers based on each individual's experiences, research, etc. I understand (and believe) that we should keep fructose down, but if a person "looks/feels/performs" well with some fruit, is moderately active and is not trying to lean out, then a few servings a day is fine. If weight loss is a goal, then fruit is a source of sugar that is often overlooked and should probably be cut back. I have about half a banana every other day; berries with coconut milk nightly; and about one of those little clementine oranges daily. While a vegetable, I do tend to eat a decent amount of canned pumpkin as my carbohydrate staple.
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