Is fruit actually healthy?

Oranges, apples, cantaloupe, pineapples, and others are “healthy fruit”

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Oranges, apples, cantaloupe, pineapples, and others are “healthy fruit”

Renee Fohner, Staff Writer

Many people live their lives with the impression that everything branded as “healthy” is healthy. This often leads to questions of if that is correct. Is every food promoted as “healthy” or “unhealthy” actually true?

Take fruits for example. Fruits contain nutrients, vitamins and several antioxidants that are very beneficial and necessary for our bodies to stay healthy and strong. Nutritionists from recommend eating whole fruits instead of fruit juice. This is because, “…juice contains fewer nutrients. Also, the manufacturing process often adds empty calories due to added sugar.”

Others believe fruits should not be a part of our daily diet because they contain sugars. While this is true, the sugars are natural and not harmful, unlike the sugars in cupcakes. Sugars in fruits are made of a mix of sucrose, fructose and glucose. Free sugars, found in soft drinks, sweets and other “unhealthy” foods, are defined by World Health Organization as “…monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer.” Nutritionists recommend consuming no more than 10 percent of the daily calorie intake come from free sugars. With this knowledge, most people would assume eating a heavy-fruit intake diet would be a good option for their body.

The fruitarian diet, a diet that mainly consists of eating fruits sounds good and healthy, but it is not recommended by many dietitians and nutritionists. Kate Patton, a registered dietitian, is one of the several dietitians who do not endorse this certain diet. “The fruitarian diet has a big risk of malnourishment. Because of this, the diet is not usually recommended by dietitians because its just not part of a balanced eating plan,” stated Patton

According to, “eating more fruit is an excellent way to improve overall health and reduce the risk of disease.” They list apples, avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples and pomegranates as some of the healthiest fruits you should be eating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also know as the CDC, ranked lemons the “powerhouse” fruit, with high levels of nutrient density and low calories.

Fruits will always be deemed as healthy, although they still contain sugars. Certain fruits are healthier than others, but the decision as to whether you keep them in your diet is up to you. No matter what fruits you consume, they will mostly likely always be healthier than other sweets or dessert options, and maybe even taste better too.