28> Fruit & TNT Diet Plan A – Why Not?

What follows is actually a Post from 12-10-10.  It started out as a rant but developed into something more substantial.  End result – time to convert it into something more permanent – a Page.

One of the major complaints about most Low Car diets and in particular to TNT Plan A, is the fact that Fruit is excluded.  The first things you hear when you tell someone this a pretty much the following:  What – fruit is too important.  Fruit has too many vitamins.  We need to eat fruit.  I can’t live without fruit.  An Apple a day keeps the doctor away. 

The reality is different.  First – in following the TNT Plan A eating program – we do not have fruit.  Plan A is the most restrictive.  It is when you are eating to lose weight – substantial weight and fast.  It is also the first four weeks when you are training your body to stop relying on carb fixes and switch to more sustainable dietary fat.  On any of the other TNT Plans, you can incorporate some fruit into your eating, just not on Plan A. 

Well that can not be healthy – they say.  I have been eating this way for over  3 1/2 years.  My wife marvels at my lack of colds.  I am healthier than I’ve ever been {he knocks on wood}.  My intake of fruit is very limited.  Now – having achieved my goal, I have incorporated some berries back into my diet – mostly as part of Plan B shakes.   Other fruits are incorporated into Plan C/D/E meals.

Fruit has been cultivated for 1000’s of years to achieve one goal – and that “ain’t” increased vitamins – but increased sweetness.  Just look at this information about these common fruits.

Apple 1 medium (2-3/4″ dia) (approx 3 per lb)

  • Servings Weight 138g
  • Energy (kcal) 72
  • Protein (g) 0.36
  • Fat, total (g) 0.23
  • Carbohydrate (g) 19.06
  • Sugars, total (g) 14.34
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 3.3

Banana 1 small (6″ to 6-7/8″ long)

  • Servings Weight 101g
  • Energy (kcal) 90
  • Protein (g) 1.1
  • Fat, total (g) 0.33
  • Carbohydrate (g) 23.07
  • Sugars, total (g) 12.35
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 2.6

Peach 1 medium (2-2/3″ dia)

  • Servings Weight 150g
  • Energy (kcal) 58
  • Protein (g) 1.36
  • Fat, total (g) 0.38
  • Carbohydrate (g) 14.31
  • Sugars, total (g) 12.58
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 2.2

Orange 1 medium (2-5/8″ dia)

  • Servings Weight 131g
  • Energy (kcal) 62
  • Protein (g) 1.23
  • Fat, total (g) 0.16
  • Carbohydrate (g) 15.39
  • Sugars, total (g) 12.25
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 3.1

Pear 1 medium (approx 2-1/2 per lb)

  • Servings Weight 166g
  • Energy (kcal) 96
  • Protein (g) 0.63
  • Fat, total (g) 0.2
  • Carbohydrate (g) 25.66
  • Sugars, total (g) 16.27
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 5.1

Cantaloupe 1 large wedge (1/8 of large melon)

  • Servings Weight 102g
  • Energy (kcal) 35
  • Protein (g) 0.86
  • Fat, total (g) 0.19
  • Carbohydrate (g) 8.32
  • Sugars, total (g) 8.02
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 0.9

Grapes 1 cup

  • Servings Weight 151g
  • Energy (kcal) 104
  • Protein (g) 1.09
  • Fat, total (g) 0.24
  • Carbohydrate (g) 27.33
  • Sugars, total (g) 23.37
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 1.4

Strawberries 4 large (1-3/8″ dia)

  • Servings Weight 72g
  • Energy (kcal) 23
  • Protein (g) 0.48
  • Fat, total (g) 0.22
  • Carbohydrate (g) 5.53
  • Sugars, total (g) 3.52
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 1.4

Compare the content of most of the fruits except berries with a plain old white potato.  The Carbs in one serving may be similar, but the potato has less sugar as a component of the carbohydrate.  Although potatoes are not usually classified as complex carbohydrates, they are a lot more complex than fruit.  You will find similar ratios with other starchy veggies such as Beans and Rice.

Potato 1 small (1-3/4″ to 2-1/4″ dia, raw)

  • Servings Weight 170g
  • Energy (kcal) 131
  • Protein (g) 3.43
  • Fat, total (g) 0.15
  • Carbohydrate (g) 29.7
  • Sugars, total (g) 1.33
  • Fiber, total dietary (g) 3.7

First question – when do you only eat that amount?  When was the last time you stopped at one cup of grapes?  In reality, you will eat much more, maybe not at one sitting, but during the course of a day.  What you have is simple Sugar/Carbs.  All designed to spike your insulin.  That is what they have been grown to achieve.  This is not bad.  Just not good when you are attempting to control Carbohydrates and lose weight.

You will get almost all your vitamins from low carb veggies.  

OK – rant is over – I am starting to beat a dead horse.  I guess I am just a bit bent out of shape after listening to overweight people tell me that they can’t give up fruit and that it is too healthy for you and therefore this Low Carb diet is unhealthy.  They also can’t give up a bagel or pizza or – well you name it. 

Eat and be well.

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