Q: Is the sugar in fruits bad for you? If I am 40 yo, 5’8” and 148 pounds, how many servings of fruit should I consume per day?
A: It is a common misconception that the sugar in fruits is “bad” for you. While fruit does contain sugar, it is natural sugar that is easily digested by the body. While dried fruits are still a good choice, since they are dehydrated, they tend to be higher in calories and carbohydrates. Therefore, make sure to a variety of colors and forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice throughout the day. Based on your age, weight and height you should consume 2 cups of fruit per day. Learn more about the key nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.