The word carbohydrate has taken a hit to its reputation since the 1990s when the Atkins and South Beach diets became an American obsession. We are only now learning whether or not low-carbohydrate diets are effective over a period of time. While fruits haven’t gotten as much bad press as some vegetables such as potatoes, which both contain carbs, the question is whether your favorite fruits are high or low in carbohydrates.
At the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000 millennium some people were taking advice from Dr. Atkins to the extreme by banishing any food with a high-carbohydrate level. Some fruits, such as bananas and raisins, were considered bad for you for a while. The nutritional values of fruits eclipse their supposed bad effect on weight. Of course it is always possible to get too much of even something that is good for you. That is where carbohydrate counting comes in handy.
There has been controversy about the basis for low-carbohydrate diets with many experts previously insisting that we did not know the long-term effects of such diets. In the past decade there have been many studies done to determine just that. In fact, a review of past studies determined that a low-carbohydrate diet can help people lose weight and keep it off for a year. Since we use carbohydrates to create energy to function, cutting out fruits, even ones with a high-carbohydrate count, has been deemed dangerous.
- Raisins (small box) – 32 grams
- Banana (medium) – 24 grams
- Orange (medium) – 12 grams
- Grapes (12 medium) – 13 grams
- Strawberries (1/2 cup sliced) – 5 grams
- Watermelon (1/2 cup diced) – 5.5 grams
- Peaches (1/2 cup sliced) – 6.5 grams
- Apple (1/2 cup chopped) – 7 grams
Common sense goes a long way when you are trying to develop a healthy diet for yourself and/or your family. Cutting out an entire group of foods such as fruit is extreme and can be unhealthy. We have to have carbohydrates in our systems to have the energy to function. Some people have been so weak from eliminating carbs from their diet that they passed out. Others have the unpleasant side effects of bad breath.
Fruit is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but as with any food you can go too far either in eating them or in restricting them. There are a lot of books and website that can help you count carbs to help you evaluate your carb intake.