Moderation is the key to almost everything – so it’s only natural that what we consider “healthy” food like fruits can be harmful when consumed in excess. In fact, overeating certain fruits can be worse for your body than a regular meal. Ahead, the fruits to take note of which may be causing that weight gain…
As a general rule, dried fruit have five to eight times more calories than fresh ones due to their dehydrated nature, which also makes them more dense. For example, a cup of raisins contain about 460 calories – almost seven times more than fresh grapes, which have 60 calories per cup. Some food brands even add sugar to the dried fruit, which amps up the calorie count even more.
Yes, we all love us some guac – but did you know that avocados are actually high in fat and calorically dense? A single avocado provides more than 350 calories – which means that a small serving of guacamole is more of a full meal than a snack.
Even though fresh mangoes are a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre, they also have a high calorie content that comes primarily from sugar. One cup of mango contains about 99 calories – equivalent to 5 mini Toblerones!
A single banana has about 108 calories, which is why most people like to consume the fruit for healthy weight gain. If you’re trying to shed some pounds, though, it’s best to limit your intake of this calorie-packed fruit.
If you love to pop cherries like candy… well, it’s time to be drop ’em like they’re hot. One cup of sweet cherries contains 18g of sugar and has a glycemic index of 22, which means the fruit has some effect on your blood sugar (the lower the GI, the better).
One cup of raw figs contains around 27g of sugar – about the same as a candy bar, though figs also provide hearty doses of fibre and potassium for your body. They’re rich in calories and carbohydrates, so you should definitely watch your intake of figs if you’re trying to lose weight.