Five Surprising Fruits to Consider Avoiding

Five Surprising Fruits to Consider Avoiding

Posted by Simple Girl on 10th Jun 2022

Every day you will be bombarded with information from adverts and signs about what you should be eating, what you shouldn't be eating, and all the reasons why you most definitely shouldn't be eating your favorite junk food. However, while most people are sensible enough to know that you don't need to eat unhealthy or fast food every day or in large quantities, there are also a surprising number of fruits that you should consider avoiding, especially if you have certain health conditions.

1. Pomegranate

You might not often come across pomegranates, and if you do, due to their cost, you may not frequently buy them. However, if you do eat pomegranates regularly, you must keep in mind that for every 100 grams of pomegranate, there are about 14 grams of sugar. The average pomegranate will be about 300 grams and, therefore contain 42 grams of sugar. You can inadvertently end up consuming more sugar from one pomegranate than you would in a sugary fizzy drink; this is most certainly something to remember if you have problems with your blood sugar levels.

2. Watermelon

On the one hand, watermelons are full of nutrients and vitamins such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A. On the other hand, they are also around ninety percent water and will cause you a great deal of distress if you suffer from any digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Watermelon can cause immediate bloating and discomfort, which will be both painful and stressful.

3. Coconut

Coconut is a superfood, so you'll be undoubtedly surprised to find it on this list. Of course, no one is going to argue with the nutritionists - it is indeed a superfood that has a vast array of benefits for you. However, if you have high cholesterol or heart disease, then coconuts are best avoided. The fat content is high in this fruit, with about 30 grams of saturated fat for every 100 grams of coconut; and since the jury is still out about whether this fat will increase your cholesterol levels or not, it better to choose a different source for your fiber and nutrients.

4. Banana

Bananas have a high starch content, and this starch makes your blood sugar fluctuate very quickly. Eating a banana will give you a burst of energy as your sugar spikes, but then you will be left feeling tired and grumpy when the sugar crash comes. This effect from bananas can not only affect your mood but can also cause you havoc if you have to consciously control your blood sugar levels.

5. Grapefruit

One of the most serious fruits to avoid is the grapefruit; this fruit contains chemicals that increase the potency of certain medications. Consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice with these medications can lead to kidney failure, respiratory failure, or even sudden death. It is estimated that there are around 85 types of medications that are affected by grapefruits, with more than half of these potentially causing serious harm. Due to these effects, it is essential that you speak with your doctor whenever you are prescribed any medication, so they can tell you if the medication is one of those that can put you at risk.

Just because something is a type of fruit doesn't automatically mean it's good for you. Because of the various effects certain fruits have on different people, a type of fruit that is good for someone else might not be so good for you. Some fruits can exacerbate particular medical conditions and are best avoided. However, with so many options and varieties when it comes to fruit, even if there are some you can't have, there are always plenty more to take their place.