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Fruit may very well be among the healthiest foods on this planet, but that doesn’t mean you can go hog wild with it. The truth is, fruit can actually contribute to weight gain and bloating, as many are high in sugar and might end up doing you more harm than good. Avoid or minimize the risks of consuming too much fruit and see for yourself!

Generally speaking, fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals, and fiber. They are also highly alkaline. However, the fruit we have access to today is not like the kinds available centuries ago, or even 50 years ago. Today, many are produced in mass and are sweeter, and often contain less fiber. Donald Davis, biochemist at the University of Texas, found that of 13 major nutrients in fruits and vegetables tracked by the Agriculture Department from 1950 to 1999, six exhibited a decline, including for protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C.

Fruit is 10 percent sugar by weight, and that’s a lot for the body to handle – especially women, who are more susceptible to candida and yeast infections. If you are overweight, trying to lose weight, or suffering from diabetes, fruit sugar content may be a concern. It can spike blood sugar levels and interfere with your weight loss and health goals. When dealing with specific symptoms or trying to start a weight loss program, limit yourself to low-sugar fruits or completely omit them altogether. If you aren’t concerned with weight and have an active lifestyle, fruit consumption should not pose a problem, unless eaten in excess. 

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