It is true fruits contain rich source of vitamins, potassium, and fibers which are needed in building up body system, and as such we are advised by nutritionists to include fruits in our daily diets. However, many people take large proportion of fruits in order to stay healthy, lose weight, or stay slim.
Well, I am not against going on a fruitarian diet, it is very good of course, but what we barely know, is that, the road to a healthy living is not paved in large fruit intake. We could actually be doing ourselves more harm than good by consuming large proportion of fruits, as fruits in larger quantity does not necessary mean that it balances with other foods of good recipe for nutritional deficiencies and diseases.
There was a video I watched on you tube saying…..Banana-girl (a prominent fruitarian spokesperson on YouTube), pinpointed the benefits of fruity lifestyle, by consuming 30 to 50 bananas a day, claiming that large intake of low calories fruit delivers large proportion of glucose to the brain, energizing her mind and body and at same time maintaining a slim shape.
Well, You definitely aren’t expecting me to belong to her school of thought because I beg to differ on her idea of large intake of fruits. I bet you would also beg to differ at the end of this post.
Now let us look at the detriments attached to high fruits intake, but before we do that, let’s balance the post by starting from the benefits of fruit.
Health benefits of fruits intake.
Fruits contain the vital nutrients needed for health maintenance. The potassium available in fruits help in combating and limiting the high risk of diseases like: development of kidney stones, strokes and heart disease, and even decrease bone loss.
The follate available in fruits also aid the formation of red blood cell needed by women, especially, women of child bearing age, in order to prevent defects in birth.
Fruits are also rich in vitamins, calories, and fiber, all of which are not enough to provide the body system with the necessary nutrients needed.
Fruits do not contain iron and zinc which are essential in our nutrition. Don’t get carried away, what we are trying to unveil in this post is the detrimental effects of large proportion of fruits intake to our health.
Dangers in too much fruit intake.
Fructose Malabsorption: This occurs when fructose is not absorbed properly across the small intestine and as such fails to nourish us, but rather, sits in the gut and ferments with the aid of bacteria, which results to the bacteria feasting on fructose, which leads to flatulence, abdominal cramps and pains, headaches and diarrhea.
The higher the fruits you take, the more fat you store: Most of us believe, fruits when taken in excess would help us burn fats or calories, but we are actually wrong as fruits are of course high in natural sugar known as fructose, and when taken in excess, especially fruits that are high in sugar like Dates Fruit (66g), Grapes (16g), Pomegranates (14g), Mangoes (14g), Cherries (13g), “…are turned into triglycerides that get stored up in fat cells throughout the body” says Zeitlin. The glucose stored in place of the fructose, triggers the body to release insulin, which leads to the buildups of the visceral belly fat. So high intake of fruits could as well be better recipes for weight gain. Take for instance, bananas are low in calories but downing a dozen of them is roughly 1, 200 calories. Dried fruits like raisins, prunes, currants, sugar apples to mention but a few when taken in excess lead to weight gain.
High intake of fruits also lead to diabetes.
Fruits could also invite doctors rather than keeping them away. Fruit like Apple which contain pectin in high quantity, a fiber type which is linked with IBS may be difficult in full digestion especially for people who have IBS, as faecal bacteria of IBS patients have low ability to degrade pectin. Acta Vet Brno. 2002.
Large amounts of fruits doesn’t combat diseases as fructose triggers the release of ghrelin, a hunger stimulant hormone, which make us get hungry easily which is because the low level of fat and protein cannot keep us sated, rather, than supplying us with leptin, a hormone associated with SAFETY.
Large proportion of fruit intake could also lead to heartburn, reflux, bloating and so on are side effects gotten from too much fruits according to Burning.
Fruits contain viable nutrients needed in our diets, but do not contain all the nutrients needed in our body system. Just as Leveque wrote “…the benefits of high fruit intake doesn’t outweigh the drawbacks that include lack of amino acids, minerals, increased fructose metabolism, tooth decay…”
Fruits rather than taken alone should be combined with other foods to balance the nutrients needed in our body. Someone like me prefers fruits as side dishes or desserts rather than taken them as a meal.
What is your take on this post, absolutely fruits only or combined with other foods? Air your thoughts or opinions in the comment box below