Is Fruit Sugar Bad For You?

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Is fruit sugar bad for you? As a holistic nutritionist with 20 years of experience, I can answer this question with full confidence: No, fruit sugar is not bad for you.

If you find yourself afraid to bite into a juicy peach or heavily restricting your daily servings of fruit to “prevent” weight gain, you are operating under false pretenses. This ”fruit fear” is often fueled by misleading diet advice.

You have nothing to fear when it comes to eating fresh fruit. I have helped many clients lose weight by not only eating fruit, but by eating a LOT of it.

However, there is something to fear when it comes to weight loss— and that’s processed sugar.

Fruit Sugar Vs. Processed Sugar: How Does Sugar From Fruit Affect Your Body Compared to Refined Sugar?

When it comes to diet culture and weight loss, many fear eating fruit. It’s not typically the fruit that people are afraid of, but rather the sugar content of the fruit. However, there is a huge difference between the sugar found in fruit sugar and heavily processed table sugar.

Nestled in every piece of fruit are plenty of beneficial nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The abundant nutrients present in fruit are full of health benefits, like preventing cardiovascular disease, boosting immunity through high traces of vitamin C, stabilizing blood pressure and cholesterol, and even detoxing free radicals from your body [1]. Yes, there are sugars, too, but natural sugars. These natural sugars metabolize in the body slowly, turning into glucose, giving your body sustained energy without blood sugar spikes.

Now, sucrose, or table sugar, is a different kind of beast. Sugar crystals may look pretty. However, they undergo an ugly, harsh process of heating, treating, and bleaching to look crystallized. These crystallized granules are far from healthy.

Refined sugars are just that—refined. They can often be found on labels written as high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, added sugar, maltodextrin, or anything ending in “ose.” These types of sugar have no nutritional value and many negative effects on your overall health. There is not one benefit to eating them. High-sugar diets have actually been linked to obesity, risk of heart disease, mental health issues, and type 2 diabetes. Not to mention, refined sugars metabolize in the body much faster, causing dips and rises in blood sugar levels.

The Truth About Limiting Fruit Sugar

Contrary to popular belief, limiting fruit sugar could actually be the reason behind your weight gain.

When you restrict your fruit intake, intense cravings for sugar increase. This is because your body was designed to thrive on the sugars and carbohydrates for energy, both of which are naturally occurring in fruit. Under-eating fresh, sweet fruit is the primary reason why people struggle so much with cravings for sweets and sugar.  If you end the day with a craving for something sweet, I can 100% guarantee you that you did not get enough calories that day from fruit.  

And let’s be honest: when most people have intense cravings for sweets, they’re not reaching for nutritious options, like a slice of watermelon or cold-pressed fruit juice. Often, they’re opting for cookies, candy, or ice cream.

Fruit is one of the healthiest food groups for weight loss and should be an integral part of any healthy diet. They provide your body with dietary fiber, sustained energy, vitamins, and minerals and are optimal for overall health and well-being.

Flood Your System With The Benefits of Fruit

The Sweet Solution

You don’t need crazy weight loss supplements or to heavily track the amount of sugar grams you eat. Losing weight is much simpler than that.

You need a balanced diet, including lots of whole fruits every day. Eat as many as you’d like without restriction. Yes, you read that right...You can eat as many blueberries or plums as you’d like. You can eat those yummy dried fruits you love (as long as they don’t contain added sugars, preservatives, or seed oils). And do so guilt-free.

These are the dietary guidelines that I have given my clients for the last 20 years. And Guess what? They’ve all lost weight.

When you stop tracking carbs, counting calories, and limiting healthy foods, you begin to nourish and fuel your body properly, and that is when the weight begins to melt away.

Sip and Slim Your Waist

Replacing junky calories with fruit calories is the BEST way to lose weight. And the easiest (and tastiest) way to do that is with the concentrated nutrition found in cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

At Raw Generation, our cold-pressed juices and smoothies are much different than the sugary fruit juices sold in grocery stores because they are made from raw whole fruits, vegetables, and food found in nature. We never heat our juices (like other companies do), so the beneficial nutrients and delicious taste stay fully intact. Because we never heat treat our product, we don’t have to add sugar or artificial sweeteners.

You never have to worry about refined added sugar intake when you choose Raw Generation. We were built on raw food nutrition, integrity, and real results to help you achieve your weight loss and wellness goals.

Sweet Success With The Stay Skinny Method

A huge misconception in diet culture is that healthy food is boring and bland. And it’s a huge reason why many are unable to stick to a regimen that works. Feeling deprived is not sustainable. But this could not be further from the truth.

Healthy can taste good. I designed the Stay Skinny Method™ with some of the most delicious flavor profiles. From Cookies & Cream to Clementine Creamsicle, when you try Stay Skinny, you’ll indulge in tasty smoothies while also losing weight. Who doesn’t want to indulge in guilt-free dessert smoothies AND lose weight?

The best part of The Stay Skinny Method™? You don’t have to give up the things you love. You don’t have to give up your social life. You don’t have to give up a night out on the town with friends. Or alcohol. You don’t have to sacrifice taste. You just have to reframe your mind and make some small changes.

With The Stay Skinny Method, you will get a nutritionist-designed eating-out guide, which teaches you how to eat out and manage alcohol consumption (while also losing weight). You’ll get a healthy swaps guide, which will help you swap out the standard American junk foods from your pantry and replace them with cleaner options. You’ll also get over 30 recipes to help you lose weight sustainably. The Stay Skinny Method™ is a no-brainer for losing weight.

Indulge In Tasty Juices and Smoothies and Lose Weight Sustainably with The Stay Skinny Method™

Eat The Fruit

Fruit sugar is your friend, not the foe. Don't fear it; embrace it.

Skip the processed sugars and enjoy the natural goodness of fruits – they're your weight-loss allies.

Losing weight doesn't have to be complicated; it's about loading up on real, nutritious foods like fruits. Let fruit be the guilt-free path to a slimmer you.

Do yourself a favor; increase your fruit intake, don’t limit it. Because if you always do what you’ve always done…  You know the rest.

Get In Daily Servings of Fruit Today



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Bio image of article author Lisa Testa, M.S.

With over two decades of expertise in the field of Health & Wellness, Lisa Testa, M.S. is an experienced nutritionist who has dedicated her career to empowering hundreds of clients on their journeys to weight loss and natural healing through the transformative power of raw food nutrition.

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