Age old question but I don't know the answer: sugar in fruit, good or bad?
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.
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.
Avoid juices, but enjoy whole fruits. Bananas should be treated like a dessert, because they are very high in sugar.
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.
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