Can fruit make you fat?

A healthy diet is often based on eating for health and weight maintenance. During summer, fruit is usually considered the ideal healthy snack to keep our weight in check. N2 Fitness trainers, Heinrich Smith and Emile Solomons say that generally fruits are healthy because they contain anti-oxidants, vitamins and other nutrients.

“Fruit tastes good because of the natural sugars they contain, known as fructose.  The impact fruit has on your blood sugar level will differ as each one contains different amounts of sugar,” says Smith. He adds that fructose has a lower glycaemic index in comparison to other sugars such as glucose and sucrose.


But this does not mean you don’t have to watch your daily fruit intake. Solomons says your body still reacts in the same way as it does with other sugar sources. “Any elevated sugar levels will cause a secretion of insulin which will be stored as fat if it is not used as energy. Like with everything else, moderate your fruit diet,” says Solomon.


Examples of fruit high in sugar:

–          tangerines

–          cherries

–          grapes

–          pomegranates

–          mangos

–          figs

–          bananas

–          dried fruit (raisins, apricots and prunes)


Examples of fruit with ‘medium’ sugar content:

–          watermelon

–          nectarines

–          guavas

–          apples

–          pears

–          strawberries


Examples of fruit low in sugar:

–          cranberries

–          blackberries

–          raspberries

–          lemon

–          lime