Age old question but I don't know the answer: sugar in fruit, good or bad?

  • 18 votes
    thrivefit  over 2 years ago by: thrivefit

    The fruit in sugar is natural and often accompanied by fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals that are good for your body. So go ahead and have a banana or apple. Just remember all things in moderation. Too much of anything can have be bad. Don't try to live on fruit alone.

  • 10 votes
    nathanheal  over 2 years ago by: nathanheal

    Natural sugars are better than processed or refined sugars, but it's still really an issue of quantity. Here's a good analysis of good and not so good fruits from a sugar and nutrient perspective:

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    Tathagata  over 2 years ago by: Tathagata

    Fruit and is great if you are eating the whole fruit. Drinking fruit juice is not ideal.

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    sbrobin  over 2 years ago by: sbrobin

    Even though fruit is healthy, it is still going to have an impact on your blood sugar. My rule is not to eat any fruit after 2:00 PM, so it will have less impact on glucose levels. I also make sure not to eat too much fruit, especially if I am not doing an endurance exercise. So yes, it can be "bad" for you if you eat too much fruit due to all those carbs.

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    codemonkey2841  over 2 years ago by: codemonkey2841

    I'd say fruit sugar is good - it's more complex which makes it harder to break down and causes less of a blood sugar spike compared to simple sugars found in sweets. However, as the Oracle at Delphi said "All things in moderation."

    Plus, if you're eating a piece of fruit there are the added benefits of all the other good things that can be found in fruit: fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc.

  • 3 votes
    buckry  over 2 years ago by: buckry

    Weight Watchers removed the points from fruits and vegetables, so it seems like the natural sugars aren't too big of a deal. You can literally eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you want and according to weight watchers it's not worth reporting the values. Not exactly sure what to make of this, but it's what they are doing.

    • topalka
      topalka over 2 years ago

      I think why they have done this is because of the low (or relatively) calories and fat and high fiber. Also I don't think it's ALL you care to eat, like people have been saying, good in moderation.

  • 2 votes
    bacunningham1968  over 2 years ago by: bacunningham1968

    Hey well to much is bad eg grapes are extremely good for you but extremely high in natural super, so you should never eat more than about a handful a day. Awww I love grapes!!! Gerrrrrrrrr hehe lol, because 1. Sugar turns back into fat and 2. If you eat to much in later life it can lead to diabetes. Hope that answers our question

    • seeEricaRun
      seeEricaRun over 2 years ago

      The sugar in grapes isn't as available as it is in, say, white rice or hard candy. It doesn't spike your blood sugar, but rather is released over time, so they aren't really very likely to increase your diabetes risk. This is because while they have a high glycemic index (for a fruit), they actually have a low glycemic load. See below:

      Overview of glycemic load:

      Glycemic loads calculated:

      The Harvard site puts the glycemic load for grapes at 8, which is still considered low (d avoid the raisins though. Yikes!

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    Maaike  about 2 years ago by: Maaike


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    tragicallyjuliet  almost 2 years ago by: tragicallyjuliet

    no one ever got fat on fruits and veggies

  • 0 votes
    mashapic  over 1 year ago by: mashapic

    good but you need to look at the glysemic index and some friuts like dates, figs bananas, grapes and mango are very high in sugars and they are bad for you.

    • mariahmilan
      mariahmilan over 1 year ago

      Not necessarily bad, just not to have too much of. It's a good idea to limit fruits to one per day.

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    bonnie28  6 months ago by: bonnie28

    Avoid juices, but enjoy whole fruits. Bananas should be treated like a dessert, because they are very high in sugar.

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    shaeon  5 months ago by: shaeon

    This one always seems to be hotly debated. I always look at this one based on comparison to other eating habits you may have - if you eat a lot of candy and you switch to grapes to fulfill that craving, the grapes are always a better choice than candy, even though grapes are a very sugary fruit.
    I used to live with a diabetic, and learned through her that when counting carbs, you get to subtract fiber. So a piece of fruit with 30 grams of carbs and 10 grams of fiber counts as 20 grams of carbs. So if you are concerned about blood sugar spikes, higher fiber fruits are a better choice than low fiber. This is why whole fruit is better than juice - juice makes you lose the benefits of fiber, while also taking far more pieces of fruit to produce a glass of juice.
    If you aren't concerned about blood sugar, and don't eat so much fruit that it would be considered a little insane, I say eat what you like. I personally have a major sweet tooth and eating fruit throughout the day can very affectively stop me from snacking on candy.

  • -5 votes
    zaengerlein  over 2 years ago by: zaengerlein

    The type of sugar matters only very little - more important is the amount, as with all things. Consider fruits also as a treat and do not eat too much.

    • Lip
      Lip over 2 years ago

      Type of sugar matters a lot.
      There are simple and complex carbohydrates (sugars), which differ in how fast the body is able to absorb them, which also has implications in glycaemic (blood sugar) control and insulin (specially, but not restricted to diabetic people). Insulin is an essential hormone that controls lipolysis (fat breakdown) in the adipocyte (fat cell).

      Simple carbohydrates produce a higher rise in glycaemia than complex ones, hence, there is a higher compensatory rise of blood insulin, which inhibits lipolysis for a longer time.

    • zaengerlein
      zaengerlein over 2 years ago

      Yes, you are right - so it would be important when eating fruit, to prefer fruits with a low sugar / carbohydrate content to shorten the timespan in which no fat is used... So e.g. an older breed of apple might be preferable over a modern super sweet breed...

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