Do you eat a piece of fruit daily? I’m guessing most of you don’t. I know I don’t. I’m good for about two pieces every week. My diet isn’t bad per se. I don’t eat meat, I hardly ever have dessert or sweets, but my fruit intake is abysmal (I also eat a ton of bread, but we aren’t talking about my carb intake this month and you can take away my carbs after I die and not a second sooner). Fruit is a wonderful source of fiber, it’s got all the healthy sugars you crave, and it has very little effect on blood sugar levels when consumed whole. Please rid yourself of the idea that you will get be unhealthy if you eat fruit because it has sugar in it. It’s not like eating a candy bar full of sugar. Far from it.
Most adults don’t get enough fiber and to combat this we’re downing disgusting FiberOne products and hoping a powder that dissolves in water will help with this. The best thing you can do to get more fiber is eat a high fiber diet. So that’s what I’m going to try to do this month and I’m going to do it through fruit. We need 25-30 grams of fiber a day and most of us are only getting around 15. Only 1 in 10 American adults get enough fruit in their daily diet according to the CDC. An adult should consume 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit every day. Are you even close to hitting that mark?
I only had a few different fruits rotated to me growing up because I was terribly picky about what I would and wouldn’t eat. I would eat apples (granny smith only, skin off and cut up was the only way I’d eat them – I was gross), bananas, cantaloupe (sliced not diced, must be refrigerated) and orange slices (peel on, no white stuff – fiber – showing) only at soccer games. If my fruit was brought to me any other way I wouldn’t eat it or even recognize it as a fruit. That was the extent of the fruit I’d eat. I had grapes once at a friends house and hated them. My brother ate Kiwi’s and I was disgusted by the brown fur on them. I wouldn’t eat Watermelon because of a Rugrats episode. The seeds in strawberries repulsed me. The giant seed at the center of peaches grossed me out so I wouldn’t eat them. I mean the list just goes on. So here’s my shameful secret: I’m still grossed out by all of this. All that’s really changed is that I’ll eat watermelon, strawberries, raspberries and mango – sometimes. But not often enough.
My goal this month is to learn to love fruit again. All kinds. I want to eat a piece every day, rediscover my old favorites, try some new ones and really gain an appreciation for whole fruit foods. Every week I’ll update you on what I ate that week and what new fruit I tried. I’m also going to be reading two books and watching one documentary and I’ll fill you in on good tidbits from all three. The documentary is called Fruit Hunters and you can watch it for free on YouTube. The two books are Banana by Dan Koeppel a book on the history of our most consumed fruit and The Fruit Hunters by Adam Gollner – the book based on the documentary.
I think you should join me too. It’s good for you. Unless you are following a ketogenic diet (WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF PLEASE STOP, IT IS SO BAD AND YOU ARE STARVING YOUR BRAIN OF CARBS AND ROBBING YOURSELF OF HAPPINESS) or have some sort of intolerance, there really is no reason to limit the amount of fruit you eat.