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Can I be eating too much fruit?

Q.Can I be eating too much fruit


A. Fruit is a great source of phytochemicals, fiber, water, vitamins and minerals. Consumption of fruit would be considered excessive if the fruit is replacing other foods that are needed for health, including vegetables, protein foods, calcium-rich foods, and whole grains. It would be excessive if it was causing weight gain. Most people, however, are only eating ½ of the recommended amount of fruit and eating fruit can usually displace other higher calorie foods (unless you’re eating your fruit in pie or other high calorie desserts!). Food Intake Recommendations

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