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What advice can be given to someone who eats a lot of fruit?

Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics
Stick with the habit of eating plenty of fruit. In my almost 15 years as a registered dietitian, I have yet to encounter anyone who eats too much fruit or has gained weight or developed a health condition from eating too much fruit. Major health organizations agree with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that more fruit and vegetables in the diet leads to disease prevention and health promotion.

2010 Dietary Guidelines/MyPlate recommends 2 cups/day of fruit for most calorie levels. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/fruits.html

DASH diet for Hypertension recommends 2 - 2 1/2 cups/day of fruit. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf

The American Heart Assocition recommends 4-5 servings per day (2-2 1/1 cups). http://www.heart.org

The National Cancer Institute recommends 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetable each day. http://www.cancer.gov/
Kate Myerson
Nutrition & Dietetics
I have not seen any research that suggests there is any risks associated with high fruit consumption. Although we want all foods in moderation, the USDA recommends 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables a day because the latest reach shows that the more fruits and vegetables we eat the lower our risk for cancer and chronic disease. Plant foods especially fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals that act like antioxidants to fight disease. 

Check out these research studies for more information:
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1408943
  • http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/83/2/100arabic.pdf
  • http://jn.nutrition.org/content/134/12/3479S.abstract

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