ask our dietitian your question todaycan you eat too much fruit

question-answer-color-v-2 For breakfast, I eat a big bowl of cereal fixed with several grains and bran, plus blueberries and blackberries, a half glass of grape juice and a satsuma orange. For lunch, I have a big smoothie fixed with a light yogurt, strawberries, banana, apple, carrots and a scoop of protein powder plus two small pieces of cheddar cheese. My dinners are reasonably healthy, usually a barbecued half chicken breast, salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, a vegetable and for dessert, a handful of strawberries or grapes. I also get a good amount of exercise in at L.A. Fitness for my workouts.  This has been my routine for several years, but I still have always been overweight. I feel like what I am doing is healthy, but is it too much?  Am I eating too many fruits, and am I actually eating unhealthy? –Ron W.


Yes, you are eating too many fruits which borders on unhealthy. Your suspicion that your fruit consumption is overboard is correct. Consider replacing the juice or orange at breakfast with a couple of egg whites. Your other food choices seem sound — just scale back your portions a touch. A small reduction of just 10% could still leave you satisfied. – Debbie J., MS, RD

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.



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