What Do I Need To Know About Fruits And Their Effects On My Weight And Health?

Elisabetta Politi answers the question: 'Effects of Fruits on Weight, Health?'

ByElisabetta Politi, R.D., CDE, Nutrition Director, Duke Diet and Fitness Center
December 22, 2008, 3:55 PM

February 1, 2009 -- Question: What do I need to know about fruits and their effects on my weight and health?

Answer: Fruits are carbohydrates and they're high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fruit are high in fructose which is a simple carbohydrate. A lot of people worry about the fructose because they think it might be detrimental to their health. However, two to three servings of fruits a day are perfectly, could be perfectly part of a healthy diet, and we do recommend that people consume fruits.

Probably what you want to be careful if you have weight problems is fruit juice and dried fruit, because it's really easy to exceed calories when you consume those.

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