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Is it possible to eat too much fruit?

Lauren Bloom (West Orange, NJ) on Aug 21, 2011
Yes, it is possible to eat too much fruit. Of course fruit is a much better choice if you are craving something sweet, and certainly a better choice than foods with refined sugars like candy, cookies and cakes. However fruit still contains a natural sugar called fructose. A proper portion of fruit is 4 oz, a serving size about as big a a baseball. One fruit portion contains about 80 calories. A healthy adult should consume 3 to 4 servings of fruit on a daily basis. The recommended amount of fruit changes if you have some diseases, such as diabetes. Refer to your Registered Dietitian for individual recommendations. Remember, if you overeat any type food you are at an increased risk for weight gain. Portion control and moderation are key to a balanced diet.
Kathy Shattler (Owosso, MI) on Aug 21, 2011
The best answer to this would be individualized. If we are talking about a "normal" human being, the best approach to a balanced diet is to follow the current dietary guidelines. If you have a health condition, the amount, type and form of the fruit might matter, or even detract from managing the health condition. For example, individuals with diabetes should limit their intake of fruit, pay attention to glycemic indices (which vary with the type of fruit chosen), and limit juice intake. In managing anti-inflammatory conditions, the amount of fruit is not as important as the type of fruit chosen, as some fruit have anti-inflammatory properties.
Shantih Coro (Hallandale Beach, FL) on Aug 21, 2011
Yes it is possible to eat too much fruit. Many people with sugar cravings use fruit as a substitute for other sweets. Most fruits contain large amounts of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, all good. But they're still high in sugar. Too much fruit can cause your blood sugar to spike, then crash, making you feel sleepy and hungry. My advice is to eat fruits in moderation and to consume plenty of vegetables instead. Remember that you can find antioxidants and vitamins in vegetables too.
Lisa Stollman (Huntington, NY) on Dec 10, 2011
Yes, you can eat too much fruit. Although fruit is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it is also high in sugar and if eaten in large quantities, high in calories. So if you have diabetes or are trying to lower your calorie intake, stick with three to four servings of fruit per day.
Gretchen Scalpi (Beacon, NY) on Aug 21, 2011
Yes, it is possible to eat too much fruit, but it's important to add that too much of any type of food, whether it is healthy or not, can have unwanted consequences. One of the possible downsides to too much fruit includes getting too many calories because fruit does have calories and natural sugar. Excessive quantities of fruit could mean that you are getting more calories than required to maintain a healthy weight. In fact, too many calories consumed from any type of food can lead to unwanted weight gain. Also, people with diabetes or pre-diabetes usually need to keep their carbohydrate/sugar intake moderate, so their blood sugar remains well controlled. How much fruit is the right amount? Health experts generally agree that 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables (combined) is recommended for most healthy adults. Getting a variety of foods in moderation is key to a healthy eating plan.