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10 Fruits You Should Avoid If You're Trying to be Healthy

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10 Fruits You Should Avoid If You're Trying to be Healthy
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Many people think they can eat whatever they want as long as they are exercising enough, but that isn’t always the case. Some of the most popular fruits and vegetables can cause your health to suffer if you consume too much of them. Here are 10 fruits you should avoid if you’re trying to be healthy.

1) Avocado

Avocados contain more than 23 grams of fat per avocado, which is more than any other fruit. Not only are avocados high in fat, but many doctors say that they also may interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients from other fruits and vegetables. For example, your body doesn't absorb calcium well when it's eaten with dairy products. That could mean you don't absorb as much calcium from avocados as you might think. Watermelon: Watermelon is a favourite summertime snack—but some experts say you should avoid it if you're trying to maintain a healthy diet or lose weight.

2) Watermelon

Although watermelon is low in calories, it’s also very high in sugar and water. Plus, it contains a lot of natural fruit sugars that you may not be used to—fructose and sucrose. To make matters worse, watermelon has about 50 grams of carbs per half-cup serving. I recommend eliminating all fruits from your diet for three days so that your body can have a chance to rehydrate itself and reset its natural appetite hormones, says Dr Axe.

3) Mangoes

Despite being rich in antioxidants, a high amount of fructose can lead to health issues. Mangoes are also rich in natural sugars and sodium, so if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to cut back on your mango intake. The fruit is super sweet and tends to have a lot of juice. It may seem like it’s healthy, but all that extra sugar will do more harm than good.

4) Bananas

These tropical fruits are some of nature’s most perfect snacks, but they have a lot of sugar. One medium banana contains about 23 grams of it. Bananas are also high in carbs, which raises your blood sugar levels, making you feel hungry sooner. Limit yourself to one per day. Stick with berries instead (but don’t go overboard on them either). Berries like blueberries and strawberries have more fibre and less sugar than bananas, making them healthier options for snacking.

5) Oranges

Oranges are high in vitamin C, which is good for your immune system. However, they’re also packed with sugar and can cause serious damage to your teeth if you eat too many of them. If you eat a lot of oranges, make sure you brush your teeth after each meal.

6) Cherries

They’re sweet, tart, and pretty much good for you in every way. Not only are they a natural source of melatonin—the hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles—but they’re also high in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C. They can also help lower your blood pressure by as much as 10 per cent! According to researchers at Purdue University, because of their anti-inflammatory properties, cherries may even help you live longer! Pretty impressive for such a tiny fruit.

7) Strawberries

Strawberries are delicious, but they aren’t particularly nutritious. They’re high in natural sugars and don’t offer much else. A serving of strawberries has more sugar than a serving of french fries. Additionally, some research shows that fruit—including strawberries—may not be as healthy as we previously thought because of its high sugar content. A study published in Frontiers in Nutrition found that people who ate more fresh fruit had an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

8) Pineapple

Pineapple can help you lose weight and detoxify your body from harmful chemicals. Pineapples are a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps fight inflammation and acts as a natural pain reliever. It also contains manganese and vitamin C, both of which promote healthy blood circulation. Bromelain also promotes digestive health and even helps fight off cancer. Consuming pineapple daily will strengthen your immune system and give you more energy.

9) Peaches

Peaches contain high levels of a natural chemical called benzoic acid. This chemical disrupts our bodies’ balance of essential vitamins and minerals, which can lead to health problems later in life. One study has shown that benzoic acid may even cause cancer! For these reasons, avoid peaches at all costs if you want to live a long, healthy life.

10) Apples

One serving of apples contains over 19 grams of sugar, making it one of the most sugary fruits you can eat. While that’s not ideal for a healthy diet, there are other reasons why you should avoid apples. Apples are on The Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen list due to high levels of pesticides and heavy metals (like arsenic). These contaminants can have serious health effects and in some cases, lead to cancer. Skip apples if you want a clean body and mind.

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