Dispelling Myths About Fruit: Insights from Spanish Nutritionists

by Ella

Misconceptions about fruit abound, affecting its consumption despite its nutritional benefits. According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, fruit consumption in Spain has declined by 25% over the past decade, a trend largely influenced by myths surrounding its health effects.

Robert Duran, a nutritionist and vice treasurer of the College of Dietitians-Nutritionists of Catalonia (CoDiNuCat), emphasizes that fruit is unfairly criticized compared to less nutritious foods like pastries. He argues that the issue lies not in fruit itself but in unhealthy dietary habits.


Here are some common myths about fruit debunked by experts:

Some fruits are mostly water: While fruits like watermelon are high in water content (94.6% per 100g), they are still rich in essential nutrients. For instance, watermelon contains significant amounts of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds like lycopene and potassium.


Eating just a piece of fruit for dinner is healthy: This belief is misguided, as relying solely on fruit for dinner can lead to a deficient diet lacking essential macronutrients like proteins and fats. Regularly consuming only fruit for dinner may also impact muscle mass negatively.


Fruit is unhealthy due to its sugar content: The sugar in fruit is naturally accompanied by fiber and water, which slows its absorption and reduces its impact on blood sugar levels compared to free sugars found in processed foods. Experts stress that moderate fruit consumption is beneficial and does not lead to weight gain.


Melon at night is indigestible: There is no scientific evidence supporting claims that melon or any fruit causes indigestion when consumed at night. Such beliefs are unfounded and may deter people from enjoying fruits’ nutritional benefits.

Bananas cannot be part of a weight loss diet: Contrary to popular belief, bananas are nutritious and can be included in weight loss diets in moderation due to their potassium content and low calorie profile.

Eating fruit for dessert makes you gain weight: Nutritionists argue that fruits are a satisfying dessert option that can aid in weight control when compared to sugary alternatives like desserts or sweetened dairy products.

Is juice the same as fruit?: Fruit juices lack the fiber content of whole fruits, leading to quicker sugar absorption and potentially higher calorie intake. Experts recommend choosing whole fruits over juices or opting for smoothies that retain the pulp and provide more satiety.

In conclusion, dispelling these myths is crucial to promoting the nutritional benefits of fruits and encouraging their regular consumption as part of a balanced diet.



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