However, people on a low-carb diet tend to avoid fruits. There are even low-carbers who go to extremes and say that fruit is downright unhealthy. As a result, the question whether fruit is acceptable on a low-carb diet seems to come up all the time. This article takes a close look at the evidence. The primary goal of low-carb diets is carb restriction. This involves limiting the foods that contain the most carbohydrates, including candy, sugary soft drinks and root vegetables like potatoes, as well as grain products like pasta and bread. But fruits, despite the health halo, also tend to be fairly rich in carbohydrates, primarily the simple sugars, glucose and fructose. Fruits are much higher in carbs than low-carb veggies but lower in carbs than foods like bread or pasta. Fruits are generally high in carbs.
Fruit is practically the default health food. So is this true and is fruit appropriate on a low-carb diet like Atkins? Fruit contains fructose which is a natural sugar. However, natural or not, it is still sugar to your body and like all other carbs it is converted to blood sugar and used as fuel for the body, with any excess stored as fat. On Atkins, we reduce the carbs which means that our body switches to using fat for fuel instead. The result of this is that we lose weight. As we work through the four phases on Atkins and approach our goal weight we increase the carbs gradually. By the time we get to the maintenance phase we will have increased the carbs enough to stop weight loss. So is it possible to eat any fruit in the weight loss phases on Atkins? That depends on the fruit obviously. If you are in phase one, for instance, you would be eating less than 20g of carbs a day.
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Proponents of this diet claim that you can lose weight while eating as much protein and fat as you want, as long as you avoid foods high in carbs. In the past 12 or so years, over 20 studies have shown that low-carb diets without the need for calorie counting are effective for weight loss and can lead to various health improvements. The Atkins diet was originally promoted by the physician Dr. Robert C. Atkins, who wrote a best-selling book about it in