As a dietitian, it’s not uncommon to hear, “I don’t eat fruit because it’s full of sugar.” Fruit is full of sugar – but it’s the good kind: naturally occurring fructose, aka fruit sugar. Fruit is also an excellent source of fiber with about 3-5 grams per average piece of fruit serving size. It is naturally low in calories and high in water content. Fruit fills you up without fattening you up.
Weight Watchers is jumping on the fruit bandwagon too. As part of its reformulated PointsPlus program – the biggest WW overhaul since the points program was introduced 13 years ago – fruits (and many vegetables too) now have a point value of zero.
President David Kirchhoff insists that the reformulation of points is to encompass new research about obesity and weight loss – which is a good angle and likely holds merit – but they also hope to recapture lapsed WW fans who may need to rejoin the fold, and pony up the dough, to learn the new points system.
Whatever the reasoning, pushing fruits and vegetables and encouraging their almost limitless intake is a good idea. Of course someone eating 3,000 calories of fruit a day could gain weight, but let’s be honest: it’s not the fruit that’s making you fat!