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02-27-2006, 12:33 PM
Does anyone's diet consist of no sweet fruits or next to none?
I have heard of a few that eat like this and I am wondering how much fruit people consume.
Where would you get your sugar from?
02-27-2006, 12:36 PM
I'm sticking around for this... awesome question.
I would say mine is 50-75% of my daily consumption. If I eat too much, I am sick for a few days. Balance is the key for me.
02-27-2006, 12:57 PM
About 40% I usually eat fruit throughout the day
02-27-2006, 03:20 PM
I try to eat more greens or veggies than fruit. But I still eat lots of fruit. But whatever, don't worry about getting sugar. Some veggies are very high in sugar; look at carrots?
All food converts to sugar/gluose for energy. You'll get plenty of sugar from veggies even if you never ate fruit. Actually, sugars that are more slowly absorbed are usually better for you than getting a big spike. But, it's an indiviual thing.
You can't really mess this up if you stay raw. You only get into trouble when you start mixing all the fruit with cooked food.
02-27-2006, 03:28 PM
I have fruit in the morning for breakfast and then as a snack, say an apple. I also have dried fruit (prunes) as I am taking blackstrap mollases in capsules. Only for 5 more weeks thought, as I am 35 weeks pregnant. The midwife set that as a prerequisite for my homebirth.
I have a salad for lunch and more veggies for dinner, say carrot sticks.
So that makes less than 50% ?
02-27-2006, 03:54 PM
Hmm.. I'd say about 50 to 60% of my diet is fruit. I do a smoothie in the morning, mainly fruit but sometimes with greens added. I do an avacado w/ a small salad and flax crackers for lunch most of the time. I do various things for dinner.. tonight will be mushrooms and onions marinated and warmed in the dehydrator and wrapped in collard greens *YUM* Sometimes I'll do another smoothie for dinner, and about half my snacks are veggie and half of them are fruity.
02-27-2006, 04:16 PM
I was eating 30% fruit and rest greens or other veggies. But now, I have gotten to the point I go by what my body dictates this day. I've had days where it was screaming only apples and little veggies. then almost all greens and hardly any fruit and now I am craving all fruit no greens. Constantly changing day to day......... :)
I'm sensing that my body in not quite ready for a maintenance diet as it is a "cleansing" diet per se.
02-27-2006, 04:17 PM
At least 50% and most days more than that, perhaps 75%. Lots of greens would come next and then other veggies along with a few nuts and seeds most days. Fruit is my favorite and I feel wonderful eating such a high amount of it! My blood sugar which used to run high is now stable in the 90's for the first time in many years.
02-27-2006, 04:36 PM
I eat fruit all day, and have salads in the evening. Recently, I lost desire for foods other than fruit though. So, iI am going to have fruit only for a while, to indulge myself a little mmm mmm mmm. (In March, I will record what I eat in my journal on my webpage).
02-27-2006, 05:51 PM
50-75% fruit. It goes to about 50% when I am craving veggies, but it can be close to 100% fruit at times also. I get most of my fruit from smoothies and OJ. But of course, only being 2 yrs raw I am definitely still a work in progress.
02-27-2006, 06:10 PM
60% fruit here, followed by maybe 30% veggies, and 10% nuts/seeds.
02-27-2006, 06:31 PM
I just started raw, but the only vegies I eat are in my green smoothie in the morning. I'd say I'm at 85% fruit 5% vegies and 10% cooked stuff (working on getting rid of that). For me veggies make my IBS act up so I don't eat much. I'm mostly sweet fruits, but looking at my numbers on nutridiary.com I eat less sugar now then I did before I became raw.
02-27-2006, 06:40 PM
I eat very little fruit. In the past two weeks I've had 3 grapefruits, maybe 1/2 a cup of Wolfberries (goji), 10 strawberries, 12 stalks of rhubarb,and one very small apple. I also had tomatoes, although I didn't count those. I don't much care for most fruit. And this is actually more fruit than I'd usually eat. But as I increase the amount of raw food I am eating, I am trying to increase the amount of fruit I eat.
I don't worry about where I get my sugar from. I have diabetes and my body produces enough sugar on its own! And really everything you eat (except fat) converts to sugar in the body.
I love vegetables. My diet consists mainly of vegetables and some grains, nuts and seeds.
I eat quite a bit of fruit these days. When I started out (about a month and a half ago) I was eating a lot more veggies out of a sense of obligation. Now I just listen to my body and it craves mostly fruit. I have a fruit smoothie with some greens thrown in for breakfast, fruit throughout the morning, a big green salad for lunch, more fruit in the afternoon and simple veggies like carrot sticks or celery with hummus for dinner or I skip dinner and have a raw dessert and I'm full for the night. I recently read of a version of raw foods that says you only need fruit (including tomatoes, cucumbers and other "vegetable fruits), some nuts, and some raw animal protein (eggs and raw fish) to get all the necessary nutrition and that veggies aren't necessary. It's a fairly radical website in terms of its claims and I'm not sure how much of it I take to heart, but it gives the opposite perspective of what you were suggesting (little to no sweet fruit). Here is the link: http://www.waisays.com/index.html if you're interested. There are many articles that could keep you busy reading for hours about fruit. I personally love hearing different perspectives of raw foodism so I enjoyed it.
02-27-2006, 07:33 PM
I'd have to save 75% fruit. 20% nuts and only a lame 5% veggies. Even before changing to RAW I'd say about 60% of my diet was still fruits. what can I saw I LOVE FRUIT! Apples apples Apples!
02-27-2006, 08:12 PM
Maceybare I totally hear you. Apples and banana's YUM :D
02-27-2006, 08:21 PM
I eat at least 95% fruit, the rest greens. I've never felt better! :-)
02-27-2006, 09:47 PM
I eat one fruit serving a day...on occassion maybe two. Most days it is either 1/2 grapefruit and a few gogi berries/maca with it. Some days like today if I am traveling, eating on the run I will have an Apple. So 15-20% fruit right now. When summer comes and fruit abounds I will increase some.
I used to eat over 50% fruit but have cut it down to 30% b/c i get too bloated if i eat any past noon?? I eat a few pieces in the am and then 2 more as a snack around 11..the rest is green juices and veggie salads. I also have zuchinni, cukes, and avocado which i think are fruits but have counted them as veggies. I also use the juice of a lemon squeezed in my salad dressing. So iguess it is more that 30%...LOL
02-28-2006, 07:40 AM
I eat about 50-60% fruits. Being on day 6 only I cannot really say if it is too much or too little, feels good though..
02-28-2006, 07:59 AM
i eat almost all fruit..to me, it's easier to "prepare" than cutting up veggies and whatnot (i'm in college and live in a cramped dorm, convenience is key :p). maybe 3-4 mixed salads with olive oil dressing a week, too.
besides, as i've stated a few times on here i LOVE dates. i actually eat mostly SWEET fruits..or have been lately, that is. there are times i go through citrus fruit spurts..but i love my bananas and dates.
i lose the most weight when i'm eating mostly dates and bananas..the past week or so i've been craving dates and bananas again and have practically lived off of solely them, and i've dropped from 139 to 136 lbs (i'm 5'10)...though i've read a lot of articles discussing how sweet fruits should be eaten in moderation only. hmm..funny. wonder what's behind that?
03-01-2006, 05:40 AM
this is an interesting thread as i have recently been reading a lot by jill swyers,brian clements and elaine bruce all of which say avoid fruit which includes carrots etc...from what i understand they are saying fruit all converts to suger and the only reason we like it is cos we are all suger addicts..i think its bc calls smoothies recreational food!
this and along with the fact most fruit we can get is underripe and has hardly any nutrients in it doesnt sound too good to me.oh and there was something in there about it causing osteoporosis..
i presently eat slightly more fruit than veg...not so long ago before i started on green smoothies then it was way more..
so i am abit confused ..kinda reassuring to hear many of you eat a lot of fruit..dunno if i could be raw and low fruit as i dont like my veggies raw much...nor sprouts..
i know doug graham says high fruit..anyone else know what others say on the subject of fruit.
many gratitudes for being here for me to write this out...
03-01-2006, 05:49 AM
Started out at I'd say 95 % fruit & nuts but now doing around 75 %. but with summer coming and veggies from the garden it go down some more. :)
03-01-2006, 04:07 PM
No, fruit is no bad. And, as far as osteoporosis, the new research confirms that fruit actually helps build stronger bones, and prevents osteoporosis, contrary to what the other guys claimed. I include the details below.
1) From http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2002/sep/osteoporosis
Fruit and veg message backed
Monday, 16 September 2002
One of the largest studies of diet and bone health in the world has underlined the Food Standards Agency advice on
eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. The research, commissioned by the Agency and involving
more than 3,000 Scottish women, suggests that fruit and vegetables may help slow the onset of osteoporosis.
The researchers looked at women at different stages of the menopause, some of whom were taking hormone replacement
therapy (HRT), recorded their intake of particular nutrients and gave them scans to measure their bone density at
hip and spine.
The results indicated a possible link between eating fruit and vegetables and stronger hip bones in women before
and around the time of menopause.
Osteoporosis is a major health problem that results in pain, loss of mobility and independence for many people.
Bones become so fragile that they fracture easily. Bone health is particularly important for women around the
menopause because changes in hormone levels, particularly oestrogen, accelerate bone loss.
Around three million people suffer from osteoporosis in the UK. A third of women over 50 years of age will suffer
a fracture because of it and one in 12 men.
The study also suggests there may be a link between the amount of vitamin D that women consume and bone density in
post-menopausal women who are not on HRT. A major source of vitamin D is sunlight but diet is important, particular
when women have low exposure to the sun owing to, for example, cultural reasons or because they live in less sunny
parts of the country, such as Scotland where this study was carried out.
The apparent protective effect of fruit and vegetables could be due directly to the nutrients or it is possible
that the alkaline salts produced when they are digested are having an effect. These might help to counteract the
acid salts that are produced by other foods such as meat and cheese. So the alkalinity generated by the fruit and
vegetables could prevent the need for alkaline salts to be released from bone and so maintain the bones' strength.
The Agency is commissioning further research to investigate these possibilities.
2) From: http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/79/2/311
Articles by Tylavsky, F. A
Articles by Carbone, L.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 2, 311-317, February 2004
© 2004 American Society for Clinical Nutrition
ORIGINAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS
Fruit and vegetable intakes are an independent predictor of bone size in early pubertal children1,2,3
Frances A Tylavsky, Katherine Holliday, Robert Danish, Catherine Womack, John Norwood and Laura Carbone
Background: Adequate intakes of fruit and vegetables are recommended for optimum health in children.
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine whether consuming fruit and vegetables >3 times per day is
beneficial to bone mass in children.
Design: Fifty-six white females (Tanner stage 2) recorded dietary intake on 3 independent days. The numbers of
servings of fruit and vegetables were recorded for each day and tallied, and the subjects were divided into 2 consumption groups for analysis (low consumption: <3 servings/d, n = 22; high consumption: >=3 servings/d, n = 34). Bone area and the bone mineral content of the whole body and radius were assessed by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Radioimmunoassays measured serum parathyroid hormone and 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Twenty-fourhour urine samples were assessed for calcium, sodium, and creatinine.
Results: After adjustment for age, body mass index, and physical activity, those children who reported consuming
>=3 servings fruit and vegetables/d had more bone area of the whole body (6.0%; P = 0.03) and radius
(8.3%; P = 0.03), lower urinary calcium excretion (2.6 ± 0.2 compared with 1.8 ± 0.3 mg/kg; P = 0.04), and lower
parathyroid hormone (19.6 ± 1.9 compared with 25.0 ± 1.6 pg/mL; P = 0.01) than did those children who reported
consuming <3 servings fruit and vegetables/d.
Conclusions: High fruit and vegetable intakes have beneficial effects on the bone area of the radius and whole
body in early pubertal girls. The lower urinary calcium output associated with higher fruit and vegetable intakes
may be a modulating factor.
Early pubertal girls who reported consuming fruit and vegetables >=3 times a day had, when compared with similar girls who reported consuming fruit and vegetables <3 times a day, lower urinary calcium excretion, lower PTH concentrations, and larger bone size as indicated by bone area of the whole body and of the nondominant wrist after control for age, BMI, and physical activity. The girls with high fruit and vegetable intakes reported higher concentrations of potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin C than did those who had low fruit and vegetable intakes, and there was no difference between the 2 groups in protein, phosphorus, and calcium intakes after adjustment for differences in caloric intake. These results suggest that a diet high in fruit and vegetable intakes may be important to the developing skeleton, especially as related to bone size.
In summary, high fruit and vegetable intakes have beneficial effects on bone size of the radius and whole body in early-pubertal white girls after control for age, BMI, and physical activity. The lower urinary calcium output and serum PTH associated with higher fruit and vegetable intakes may be a modulating factor. However, cumulative effects on bone mass accrual and peak bone mass remain to be determined.
03-01-2006, 06:11 PM
On average, I would say that I am 40% fruit, 35% greens, 20% vegetables, and 5% nuts and seeds.
03-01-2006, 06:21 PM
I am mostly fruit, about 80% fruit, although I follow Dr. Graham's 8/1/1...but also I am very active and my body craves the calories. I eat HUGE salads at night with plenty of nuts and seeds in my dressings... works for me!
03-02-2006, 06:10 AM
gosia thanks soo much for all that info..anyone else got a view on this ?
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