Eating fresh fruits is one of the greatest experiences a person can have in his or her lifetime. Fruits aren't only delicious but also good for your health. When you eat fruits, you’re providing your body the opportunity to get nutrients like fiber, water, and vitamins in your system, which will affect your health positively.
This is the reason why all fruits, at their core, are healthy. However, just like any good thing, they must be consumed in moderation. Depending on your health issues, certain fruits won’t help you manage your health effectively. If you happen to have problems with sugar or digestive symptoms or you’re on a meal plan that restricts your intake of carbohydrates, then avoiding certain fruits is a necessity.
Let’s say you happen to have diabetes, some fruits can spike your blood sugar. If you have digestive issues like IBS, some fruits won’t break down properly, leaving you with digestive problems. If those two issues weren’t enough of a problem, fruit can impede your ability to lose weight because of carbohydrates and calories, so fruit adds up. Does this mean that the “bad” fruits on this list are extremely unhealthy? No, but as a potential consumer, it's important to understand how certain fruits could affect your well-being.
So, the next time you pick up fruits from the supermarket, you should pay attention to the health benefits relative to your own body. Let’s look at 8 fruits foodies don’t know are bad for us, and 12 that are actually super healthy.
27 Grapes - Bad
Grapes are a great bitesize fruit, and because of that, people are more likely to eat more than one and rack up calories and increase sugar intake. Much like other sugary fruit on this list, it's also full of carbohydrates, which aren't bad; you need them. However, too many carbohydrates are usually unhealthy, nullifying any potential weight loss you may be trying to achieve. Another thing to keep in mind with grapes is that the dried kind aka raisins can lead to indigestion if you have issues with fructose. It's best to eat them in smaller qualities.
26 Guava - Good
Guava, a fruit native to Central and Latin America, has several benefits to your health. There are studies that show that “guava leaf extract improved blood sugar levels, long-term blood sugar control, and insulin resistance,” according to Healthline. This is helpful for people with diabetes who'd like to keep their health under control.
Because of this fruit’s potassium and fiber, it promotes heart health by reducing blood pressure and results in “a decrease in ‘bad’ cholesterol and a rise in ‘good’ cholesterol.” Finally, one of the more interesting things is that guavas may aid in reducing cancer, preventing “free radicals from damaging cells.”
25 Cherries - Bad
Fresh cherries provide antioxidants and potassium. Cherries also can help people sleep because they’re a natural source of melatonin. But cherries are also as sweet as candy because of high sugar content.
What makes this fruit bad is that eating a lot of them will add calories as well as carbohydrate consumption. So, this tasty fruit should be eaten in moderation to fit your dietary and health needs. If you’re wondering how bad maraschino cherries are for your health, simply put, they're submerged in high fructose corn syrup, so they should be eaten at an even lower rate than you eat regular cherries.
24 Pomegranate - Good
For several years, people have touted the benefits of pomegranates, and there are plenty to jump-start your health. Pomegranates have one of if not the highest level of antioxidants of any other fruit, and according to Medical News Today, it has higher antioxidants than red wine and green tea, and “the juice may help reduce soreness and improve strength recovery” as well as decrease the damage you get from exercising.
Like other delicious fruits on this list, pomegranates are linked to fighting and managing issues like obesity, heart disease, breast cancer, and arthritis, and they help improve long-term verbal and visual memory.
23 Watermelon - Good
Watermelon has "water" in its name. It is the most consumed melon in the United States, and it's one of the healthiest fruits you can add to your nutritional intake. Watermelon is 92 percent water and has vitamins A (boosts immunity) and C (boost defenses against infections), amino acids, and a little potassium. Considering that antioxidants help your body, there are numerous health benefits to eating watermelon.
There’s a lot of research that shows that watermelon reduces ankle blood pressure and prehypertension and hypertension, so go forth and eat all the watermelon you want.
22 Mangos - Bad
Mangos are delicious, and they provide benefits to your health, which is great for some people, especially for those who are trying to recover from exercise. On the glycemic index provided by Harvard Medical School, a raw mango has a glycemic score of 51, which means it's a middle-of-the-road fruit that won’t hurt a lot of people.
But the largest concern a consumer will have is that if mangos are ingested by the wrong person, they'll affect the body’s insulin because they have a lot of sugar in comparison to other fruits, and dried mangos while tasty, contains even more sugar, making mangos more reminiscent of candy than fruit.
21 Strawberries - Good
There are a few benefits of adding strawberries to your meal plan. Strawberries provide vitamins C and K, fiber, and potassium. They can also reduce the risk of heart disease, increase good cholesterol, and can lower blood pressure. Because strawberries are also low in sugar, you can eat a lot of them, and they won't raise your blood sugar levels as other fruits do.
Another added benefit of strawberries is its application to skin care. Yes, you can use it for your skin as well. Using strawberries can prevent acne and remove dead skin cells, so eating this fruit and applying it to your body will help your health immensely.
20 Bananas - Bad
Bananas are another tasty fruit that can still hurt your body if consumed too much. If eaten correctly, they can provide a lot of energy for workouts, and they're packed with potassium. But they're also riddled with sugar. Bananas have a glycemic index of 51, so they're a medium-level glycemic food. However, if you eat bananas too much, they can trigger fluctuations in your blood sugar. So, while bananas won’t contribute to weight gain, too much sugar will do some harm. Also, forget about eating a lot of banana chips because they're even sweeter than the fruit itself.
19 Blueberries - Good
If you want a reason to eat blueberries, then eat them for your brain health, a healthy heart, and lowered chronic disease. The beauty of this bitesize fruit is that it's high in antioxidants, making blueberries not only delicious but also great as a healthy snack that can support and maintain your health.
Blueberries are also low in calories, are low in carbohydrates, and mostly consist of water. However, they only contain small amounts of protein, so while this fruit is healthy, it won’t give you much protein. But everything else is so great, blueberries are worth adding to your regular snack list.
18 Raspberries - Good
Raspberries bring needed antioxidants as well as “vitamin C, quercetin, and gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease, and age-related decline. They are high in ellagic acid…that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties,” according to Oregon State University’s Berry Health Benefits Network.
These berries also provide a great balance nutritionally because they're cholesterol free, low in fat content, and provide a nice balance of fiber to aid in controlling one's weight. They can also help reduce the problems caused by arthritis, and they have anti-inflammatory properties that make this fruit a great one.
17 Pineapple - Bad
A favorite fruit among many, pineapples are refreshing, delicious, and great in desserts. But they're still an issue for some people. This fruit will elevate blood sugar levels, and pineapple also contains quite a few carbohydrates. Pineapples are listed on the glycemic index at 59, which is a medium level but slightly on the higher side.
This fruit also contains Bromelain. Bromelain is helpful in medicine in safe amounts. But ingest pineapples too much, and they can cause diarrhea and digestive discomfort. This is doubly important when ingesting unripe pineapples because that can cause vomiting. While cases of diarrhea, diarrhea, and vomiting are low, they're still something to pay attention to when deciding to eat the fruit regularly.
16 Lemons - Good
Lemons have a lot of quality benefits for your health. According to Healthline, “one lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 50% of your recommended daily intake (RDI).” This fruit also lowers the risk of heart disease and helps control your weight as well.
For serious health issues, lemons are known for lowering stroke risk, and according to Medical News Today, lemons may help prevent asthma, and the risk of asthma appears “to be lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients, one being vitamin C.” Plus, “vitamin C benefitted people with asthma and bronchial hypersensitivity when they had a common cold.”
15 Coconut - Bad
Another fruit on this list that’s used in many savory and sweet dishes is coconut. People drink coconut milk and eat coconut flesh, which has potassium and fiber. People also use coconut oil as a substitute for other cooking oils and to promote other health-related benefits. The issue isn’t with the flesh or the milk as much as it is from cholesterol and sugar consumed from coconuts.
The AHA says that high-sugar can contribute to obesity. As for cholesterol, coconuts are high in saturated fat, and if you’re have raised cholesterol levels, then you may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease.
14 Grapefruit - Good
Eating grapefruit is difficult for some people because of how bitter it can taste, but other people simply love the fruit. That's fortunate because eating grapefruit will be beneficial to your health. According to Science Daily, “eating higher amounts of a compound in citrus fruits, especially oranges and grapefruit, may lower ischemic stroke risks. Women who ate high amounts of the compound had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least amount.”
Similar to watermelons, grapefruit is also 92% of water and will help keep you hydrated, and this fruit will help you get your needed water intake each day.
13 Figs - Bad
You’ll find figs in all kinds of dishes, both sweet and savory, especially in desserts. Figs are naturally sweet, so they’re often treated like candy, but they can lower blood pressure and provide vitamin K. However, eating too many figs can cause problems because they’re high in calories. On the glycemic index, figs are listed at about a 60, not too high but on the high side of fruits to ingest. For example, one small fig can contain as much as 7.00 grams of sugar, making this fruit something that you should infrequently, especially if you have health issues involved where sugar intake must be monitored.
12 Cranberries - Good
There are so many benefits from this tiny bite-size fruit that it would be unwise to not eat them regularly. Beyond the obviously known benefit of urinary tract health in women, there's another one that makes cranberries an incredible fruit. The most interesting thing is that cranberries can improve type 2 diabetes management.
According to the Cranberry Institute, cranberries may improve the glucose in type 2 diabetes. Specifically, adding “cranberries to a high-fat meal results in lower postprandial serum glucose and inflammation.” Essentially, eating cranberries with a fatter meal may lower blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes.
11 Lychees - Bad
Lychees are a fruit native to countries in Asia and are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants that people use to reduce the chance of developing diseases. Yet, there are issues some people have with lychees if they consume too many. People with diabetes who consume this fruit, for example, may develop lower blood sugar levels, which could lead to problems like fever and dizziness.
Some people say that the overconsumption of lychees is awful for losing weight. Lychees also have a high glycemic score of 70, a high level that will make your blood sugar shoot through the roof. This happens because lychees transform into glucose and digest slowly, making them stay in your system longer.
10 Apples - Good
Apples come in many forms, and they have the ability to find their way into both savory and sweet dishes. It doesn’t matter which kind of apple you consume; they all have the same benefits that have health properties. Apples are packed with nutritious vitamins like C and K, manganese, copper, and fiber.
The Medical News Today reported that the Journal of Food Science researched how apples can help brain health. Specifically, apples can “protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.”
9 Kiwi - Good
Kiwis are a heavy-fiber fruit, and they can contain up to 50 percent of fiber if you eat the whole kiwi, including to the skin. According to Medical Daily, for a study in 2011, “participants with slightly high levels of blood pressure were instructed to eat three kiwis or one apple a day,” and those who did this "were found to have lower” blood pressure.
Another great thing about this fruit is that it can promote good eye health because of specific antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) that can protect eyes from damage like “ultraviolet radiation, cigarette smoke, and air pollution.”
8 Acai Berries - Good
The Acai berry is described as a mix between a blackberry and unsweetened chocolate, according to Healthline. Officially known as a superfood, Acai berries come from acai palm trees and contain nutrients like antioxidants and fiber. The Mayo Clinic says that it may help with issues like weight loss, high cholesterol, and skin appearance.
There are also reports that acai berries may inhibit cancer from spreading based on research with animals. Also, acai berries have plant compounds that could protect the brain from damage as people age as well as with the reduction of “inflammation and oxidation in brain cells, which can negatively affect memory and learning.”