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What fruits are people eating?

Always lots of good discussion on here concerning whether we should be eating fruit, when we should eat it, issues with fructose, carb content etc etc.

I thought that with so many new readers and posters showing up here every day, it might be useful and interesting to get some current information on what fruits in particular people here include in their diets and what ones do you do your best to avoid and why?

Check out “Foods that make you look good naked” It’s got a list of good fruits and bad fruits and explains the glyceminc index. The bad fruits aren’t really bad either, just should be post-workout and maybe used lightly on a cutting phase if you have any trouble dropping the pounds. Personally though, my favorites are apples and pears.

Apples are a mainstay with me, sometimes a bannana, and the occasional strawberries, but other than that nothing other than the biggest fujis around.

What’s fruit?

One thing that I feel is important and should be pointed out as far as fruit goes: Although the concentration of fructose (i.e. percent of carbohydrate content that is fructose) is relatively high, when you look at the absolute quantity, I think the benefits of quality fruits outweighs the fructose content.

I don’t have any exact figures of fructose content off hand, but the unique anti-oxidants and high fiber content should be noteworthy. Fruit is a high-fiber and water content food, and provides a relatively higher level of satiety per kcal.

Low glycemic fruits like mixed berries, apples, tangerines and the like should be emphasized, but fruits like bananas, pineapples, etc. can be used in the post-workout time frame.

All in all, I would probably keep fruit intake to about two servings daily.

I always eat apples. Almost on a daily basis. They are a good low-GI fruit source. I’ll eat bananas a couple times a week. Oranges, strawberries, watermelon, grapes, etc., are usually more summertime foods. I usually stick with stuff that doesn’t spoil quickly (apples) and are easy to transport.

I like most fruits, but I just tend to eat what is most convenient or on sale or seasonal.

I really like Mango Margaritas. So, I’ve been eating ALOT of mangoes.

Yum.

I’m a royal gala man myself (apples) Word on the street is one a day keeps the doctor away

I like to throw half a cup of blueberries into my morning bowl of oatmeal. They add a ton of flavor, some extra fiber, and only 10 grams of carbs. I also agree that bananas are a great addition to post-workout shakes.

In no particular order…

strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple (only when it’s ALREADY frehsly pre-cut – not out of can), grapes, apples, tangerines, persimmon, kiwis, pears (US & Asian varieties), grapefruits, nectarines, peaches, mangos, papayas, cherries, oranges, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc., etc.

Actually I’m an equal opportunity fruit eater…altho I’m not a big fan of bananas…

mango, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, oranges.

I eat very little fruit. Why?

Because I’ve had the opportunity to eat truly vine-ripened fruit.

You can’t really go back to the dark side once you’ve seen the light.

guyabano, durian, guava, mangosteens, fuji apples, ponkans (mandarin orange), pineapples, grapes, bananas, lanzones, rambutans

great thread CGB!,
I tend to be along the same lines as most of the people who have already posted…sticking to apples (Gala), oranges and banana’s. I have been eating a banana every morning with my oatmeal, but after thinking about it, I probably shouldn’t do that. I think I might try blueberries instead! But if I had to pick one fruit…I would pick a good ole apple.

I had a blood orange yesterday and it was gross. Other than that I like fruit.

peaches, hehe

I have Strawberries in my morning shake, and an orange when I get to work. I workout around noon and have a banana with my PWO shake. I try to keep my fruit intake limited to that.

I think fruits are a crucial part of my diet because of the potassium they provide, and they taste good. I think the benefits of the potassium intake outweight issues with fructose.
Some are good enough to be a substitute healthy dessert food. Some favorites of mine are dried cherries, dried California apricots, dried peaches and Gala apples. Dried plums (prunes) rolled in cinnamon and smothered in unsweetened applesauce makes a good dessert. Well, sometimes ice cream wins out! :slight_smile:
If I had to pick one, it would be dried California apricots, contributing both potassium and magnesium and being delicious. The mediterranian ones aren’t quite as tasty. You can also buy canned apricot halves and blend them into protein drinks. Mixes well with Optimum Nutrition’s pina colada flavor protein powder.

Berries and apples.

Oh yeah, an occasional Christopher Lowell.