Fruit, Its Benefits And Problems


Most people enjoy eating fruit, and many health authorities recommend eating it as part of a balanced and healthy diet.  Reasons for this include:


Fruit is a whole, natural food.

Fruit contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, natural sugars and other nutrients.

Fruit is convenient, tasty and often inexpensive.


However, in clinical experience over 30 years, we find that eating too much fruit is extremely harmful for most people. This is disturbing to many of our clients. This article is intended to clarify why we do not recommend eating much fruit, basically, with a few exceptions, possibly.


1. Fruit is extremely yin.  In the Macrobiotic conception of yin and yang, fruit is an extremely yin food.  Yin refers to certain qualities such as cold, expanded, and sweet-tasting or sugary. This describes most fruits very well.  In the traditional Chinese concept of yin and yang, fruit is not uniformly yin. However, it is more the case in the macrobiotic view of yin and yang, and we find this view to be most accurate.


2. Fruit upsets the blood sugar level and causes insulin release. The higher sugar content of almost all fruit causes this reaction.  This adds stress to the body, can cause weight gain or impair weight loss, and cause other imbalances deep inside the cells.

Many people are unaware of the high sugar content of most fruit.  It can be extremely high, especially with fruit juices, dried fruit or fruit that is packed or dipped in sugar. These are even worse than eating fresh fruit.


3. Fruit contributes to yeast overgrowth. Most people, even those who do not eat much fruit, already have an overgrowth of intestinal yeast such as candida albicans and others.  This is due to toxic metal poisoning, and especially copper imbalance.  Other mineral imbalances may also contribute, as does overeating on carbohydrate foods. The high sugar content of most fruit worsens this important condition.  The yin nature of fruit also tends to worsen all fungal infections because fungus and yeast conditions are yin infections.


4. Fruit is a carbohydrate food, and most people are overeating on carbohydrates already.


5. Fructose, a prominent sugar in fruit, is one of the worst sugars to consume.  Fructose does not directly raise the blood sugar as fast as glucose, for example.  Instead, it is sent directly to the liver, where it should be converted to glucose.  However, most people cannot process it very well and it can instead be converted to triglycerides and other fats.  This is related to obesity in some cases.

Medical eEvidence also indicates that fructose may interfere with copper metabolism, is inflammatory, and may contribute to metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.


6. Fruit is often sprayed with pesticides, even if labeled organic.  In order for fruit to grow in most areas, particularly some parts of the United States, it needs to be sprayed.   Even if fruit is labeled organic, it is often laced with some pesticides and insecticides, even if they are natural.  Many of them, even the natural sprays, add more toxins to the fruit.

One of the most commonly sprayed fruits are grapes grown to make wines.  We find that people who drink a lot of wine usually have higher levels of arsenic and often lead in their hair.  Lead arsenate and other compounds containing these metals are often sprayed on grapes.

Also, even organically grown fruit can suffer from the residues of pesticides and other chemicals that had formerly been sprayed on the fruit, or small quantities that somehow find their way into the fruit.  Because fruit is so yin, it may actually pick up more of some toxic metals that are less yin such as lead and some chemicals.


Finally eating 1 to 2 plate of fruits daily is fine, but more than that is harmful in our experience.
Fruits that we recommend are: Apple, Orange, Lemon, strawberry, Cucumber, Coconut, Pomegranate, grapefruit