Is it possible to eat too much fruit? Well, as with most other foods when it comes to good health, too much of anything can be harmful. For example, technically speaking, you can die from consuming too much water too quickly. Fruit, however, is another story, and there seems to be an ongoing debate within the health and wellness community regarding fruit, its sugar content, and if there is a threshold amount that we should be limiting ourselves to on a daily basis.
When it comes to health, food manufacturers and many health advocates fail to differentiate between naturally occurring sugars and added sugars like high fructose corn syrup that's added to most of our "food" products. Most of the sugar contained in our foods are not actually sugar in its natural form like it is from whole fruit.
Added sugars have been shown to have detrimental effects on our health and to be highly addictive, it triggers the pleasure centers in our brain that cocaine and heroin do as well. Perhaps this is why kids go completely crazy when they don't get it? It's vital to realize that candy, pop, some juices and a number of other products do not contain sugar in its natural form, but instead sugar that's been extracted from its natural package and added.
The sad truth is, many 'health professionals' and modern fad diets like paleo have been warring against fruit, touting it as a carbohydrate similar to potatoes and rice, this could not be further from the truth.
We all know that sugar isn't a health food. But does that mean we should avoid fruit? Doesn't fruit have sugar?? (Update of a previous post
For most people, the main sources of added sugars are sucrose (table sugar) & high-fructose corn syrup. In the US, half of all added sugar intake comes from sugar-sweetened beverages (eg sodas, bottled teas, & sports drinks).
Added sugars have been linked to numerous health risks including coronary heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular mortality, fatty liver, obesity, & type 2 diabetes. It is abundantly clear that we should limit added sugar in our diets. The American Heart Association recommends a daily upper limit of 6 tsp/25g for women & 9 tsp/37.5g for men.
IN CONTRAST, whole fruit is actually one of the most healthful things you can eat. Fruit does contain fructose, a type of sugar. But when you eat a piece of fruit, the fructose comes packaged with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, & other phytonutrients. These nutrients work together to reduce inflammation, prevent DNA damage, & improve vascular & immune function — slashing your risk of disease. Fructose eaten in the form of whole fruit has very different effects than eating isolated fructose and other added sugars. – Michelle McMacken is an internal medicine physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine (source)