Can fruit make you fat?

A reader at posed an interesting question: Can I really eat as much fresh fruit as I want and still lose weight?”

Did you know the answer is ‘no’?

Now, before cutting fruit out your diet if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Fruits like blueberries are also a good source of antioxidants, which can help lower your blood pressure, fight off oxidative stress, and in some cases work at the DNA level to aid in weight loss.
  • Fruits can also supply a significant dose of fiber to your diet, which will slow digestion and make you feel fuller. For example, just one cup of raspberries contains 8 grams of fiber.
  • Fruits boost your immune system and keep you in perfect health.
  • Eating fruit and vegetables may even promote emotional well-being among healthy young adults, which some research suggests could lead to greater preference for healthy foods over indulgent foods.

But there’s one potential drawback to eating fruit if you’re trying to lose weight:

"Fruit is high in the simple sugar fructose, which is the main reason why many people trying to lose weight or reduce their sugar intake remove it from their diet. Unlike glucose, the most common simple sugar that's sent to your muscles, brain, and other organs for them to use as energy, fructose is only processed by your liver. Why is that bad? If your liver already has ample energy, there is a higher likelihood that your liver will repackage the excess fructose as fat, saving it for use at a later time. While this is a biochemical truth, its impact on your waistline is blown out of proportion, especially when you consider that fruit isn't even one of the most common sources of fructose in the American diet."

As with any piece of health advice, it’s important to not take things to an extreme. The health benefits of fruits are well-documented, and you should only avoid fruit as part of a weight-loss program if you’re advised to do so by your doctor or another qualified health professional.

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