energy_dad wrote:Hi Jeff,
Your answer totally makes sense to me. Thanks. If this is the case - how do you come to your recommendation of 2 - 6 servings of fruit per day?
If a person is healthy and not overweight why can't they eat more fruit than starch for energy? What's wrong with a healthy person having 8 servings of fruit per day? Is there damage that could be happening?
Again, re-read my initial quote.
"There are many situations would I have had to severely limit or eliminate fruit consumption for some time and other situations where the intake is much higher than I would recommend for most."
Also, there are several threads here where this issues is discussed in detail.
And, remember, my initial recommendation, as stated in the top of this thread is simple..
"I would recommend plugging your daily intake into a nutritional analysis software (such as fitday or the CRON-O-Meter ) and seeing how well you are doing. If you are getting in the necessary nutrients, than more power to you. However, personally, I would not recommend someone follow a diet where 80% of their calories comes from fruit as it would be difficult, to ensure adequate intake of all your nutrients."
And, as I have said, ....
"aim for a BMI of 18.5 - 22, focus on low calorie dense, high nutrient dense foods, be moderately active (30-45 minutes/day), and enjoy life."
"a BMI around 18.5-22. But that should not be the "goal" in and of themselves but the result of your following the guidelines and principles of healthy living."
BTW, the recent raw food/fruit fad is really missing the boat.
Granted, they have figured out how to get in enough of their nutrients from fruit and that is by increasing the amount they eat (and recommend) to around 3000 calories per day.
However, in order to do that, the flip side of the equation is that they have to be highly active so they burn these extra calories.
The problem with this approach is that it is in opposition to everything we know about longevity and CR, which is all based on minimum input and minimum output.
So, for example, two identical people. Both have BMI's of 18.5 and both consume low calorie dense, high nutrient dense diets that surpass all the RDA/DRIs.
Person 1 does it by consuming a diet of around 1800 calories per day and burning about 500 calories per day by engaging in around 30 minutes of activity per day.
Person 2 does it by consuming a diet of around 3000 calories per day and burning about 1700 calories per day by engaging in around 100 minutes of activity per day.
Based on 75 years of research on longevity and CR in all animals tested, which one will most likely live the longer healthier life?