When I first started Paleo, I was told that all fruits are considered "cheats". I continued to eat fruit anyways. For awhile I stopped eating fruit. Lately as I've gotten back into fruit eating...I've noticed MASSIVE insulin spikes...to the degree that I'm almost about to pass out.
Specifically from Yellow fruits like bananas and yellow fruit based products like...
Trader Joe's Vacuum Fried Banana chips or Trader Joe's Dried Baby Sweet Pineapple
I've noticed I don't have this problems with red grapes, blueberries or blackberries...
Eating yellow fruits made my insulin spike worse than eating pizza, thai noodles or wine. Now I'm really nervous about fruits...because of the mass insulin spikes accompanied with feelings of EXTREME fatigue
What's the deal with fruit and what should I really try to avoid?
Fruit is a cheat for me because I cut them out for weight loss. However, I've also used fruit to help stave off a worse cheat, like candy or bakery.
I myself don't consider fruit cheating, but I try to limit apples, dates, and tropical stuff because they are so sugary. If you are concerned about insulin spike, I'd avoid fruits, or just stick with having berries in moderation. Just avoid what makes you feel bad.
I don't consider it a cheat. I try to avoid apples; however, I eat about one or two a week. I mainly stick with berries as much as possible. Dates are a treat once in a blue moon. My mother in law was in Florida this pas week and brought back oranges so I'm not passing on those. Nothing like Florida citrus. Especially after a WOD. So for me, fruit is not cheating. I think the body needs variety every now and then.
"Do you consider fruit cheating?" vs. "What's the deal with fruit and what should I really try to avoid?" are very different questions in my opinion.
For the second one, search tags for fruit and fructose.
If your body is telling you something is bad (feelings of EXTREME fatigue) don't eat it, no matter how "superfoodish" it might be.
Personally, I do find bananas (pretty much the only fruit I eat in the winter) sub optimal.
I don't think I have insulin problem so I don't cut out completely from my diet. I love fruits in most kinds (apples, oranges, berries, pineapples etc)..banana is the only one that I usually avoid b/c I always get that hunger pang after eating it hours later. -
I absolutely don't consider fruit a cheat, it is part of my nutritional plan.
I eat 1 serving of fruit most days, sometimes 2 servings if it is a lower sugar fruit like berries or melon. I try to keep my carbs at or below 75 per day, so I just have to balance it with the rest of my meals for the day if I want more fruit.
I have small amounts of organic, unsweetened dried fruit, that I get at the health food store in my trail mix most days. That is usually dried cranberries or a dried berry mix. This week though, it was pineapple.
Why would fruit be a cheat? I eat personally 5 servings there abouts per day. Would a caveman who found 3 apples say "oh iv already eaten some berries today, Il pass on these?" Hell no! Granted im a serious athlete age 19 but still, the idea of the paleo diet is to eat like a caveman aka eat as much as you want as long as it is paleo and your comfortable with it.
I would only consider fruit a cheat depending on what my fitness/health goals were. Since I'm trying to lose fat (on my body not my food lol) I'll try to stay clear of fruit as much as possible. Still, bananas are pretty starchy (though I think they are delicious and effective post-work out) and I would definitely worry about any fruit I didn't dehydrate myself because of all the added sugar/chemicals some companies put in them.
Still, I think your reaction to fruit/starchy and overly sweet fruit can answer you own question. If it makes you feel that bad, then I would avoid it all together.
Still, that being said, you can't really beat a delicious mango.
Berries are lower on the glycemic index scale, maybe that's why. Shoot for the fruit that won't cause huge insulin spikes (you could find a list on this website or online better than any list I could come up with).
Don't worry about a small amount of fruit, it's delicious and, when you feel awful after eating certain ones, you'll not eat them.
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