Avoid Fruit Because It Has Sugar
"Sadly, there has been a lot of bad advice out there, but I think the worst is to avoid fruit because it has too much sugar. There is a HUGE difference between sugar that is added to food and sugar that is inherently in fruit," said Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, to POPSUGAR. "First off, our brain needs natural sugars, in the form of glucose, to function properly. And our muscles need those same natural sugars to perform exercise," she said.
Sugar, in general, has gotten a bad rap because of the stuff that is added to many processed foods, but the natural sugar found in fruit is not bad for you, as it's paired with so many other beneficial vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. "I always say, 'think of the alternative.' If instead of reaching for a banana, you might opt for a Snickers bar, go for the banana," she said.