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Thursday, November 1, 2007

I Don't Like Fruit. That Much.

I could go literally years without eating a piece of fruit, and have. (Not counting 100% fruit juice, which I do consume a lot of).

So, what's a guy to do?

Someone once told me, "Frank, if you don't eat fruit, you'll get cancer." Nutritionally speaking, its right up there at the top of the list. But my body just has a distate for it. I really have to make an effort to eat it. Its almost too strong, or something. When I do eat it, I sometimes enjoy it halfway decent, and do feel better. But I'd rather stop at small quantities. Without making a conscious effort, I can go months without it and its completely off the radar.

Now with vegetables, its a whole nother story. I can inhale vast bushels of veggies, particularly cooked. Stews, soups, stir fries, you name it. Mix it all together, throw some sauce on and cook it up!

So I'm left at a quandry. Its hard to eat fruit and in general hard to eat raw things. Just not my body's preference. Yet, those are important--dare I say, critical--to good nutrition. Do I listen to my body and feed it what it wants, knowing that if my body doesn't want it that might be an important sign? Or do I pay heed to the experts and give myself something even though I just don't want to eat?

I've decided to eat fruit. I take a piece early in the morning. Something fruity, something raw. Get it out of the way. Its the closest thing I have to breakfast, which is another gaping hole in my otherwise good nutrition. So if you've been counting, I'm killing 3 birds with one stone. I try to eat it before leaving for work, so that way I can throw it in the compost bin and not have to keep it in a container at work and bring the core home). At the very least maybe 3 servings a week.


  1. Have you tried dehydrated fruit? That would get you more nutrition per bite.

  2. I'd prefer fruit pie, but supposedly that zaps the nutrients and there goes the whole raw dimension.

    I like to keep some frozen berries to toss on top of "Bob's RedMill" oatmeal from time to time.

  3. Hi there,

    Like you I do not like fruit that much. My best bet is chopped small, little satsumers, grapes and berries and even then I am slow to eat it. However, my little secret is put a small (pinch/dusting) of sugar over the top and it will melt in. That way it's a sweet but healthy treat instead. Better than a bar of chocolate mid afternoon!

  4. I hate fruit. I pretty much don't eat them. I figure as long as I eat veggies I'm good. Sounds like you get more fruit than I do seeing as you drink the juice. I'm happy, healthy and fruit free.

  5. I've had an extreme distaste for fruit my whole life. I found fruit seems more appetizing after awhile if you start off with some cereals that have pieces of dehydrated fruit. After a few weeks for me, fruit seems a tad more appetizing, still can't get myself to just up and eat it though. Suppose next step would be mix raw fruit in with something like oatmeal, la-da-di-da.

  6. In general I like vegetables better then fruit. I'm okay with some fruit like apples and cantaloupe, and I actually like watermelon quite a lot. But there are some I just can't stand like strawberries(which are the worst) and oranges. One time, when I was given some orange flavored marmelade, I just about threw up. Orange juice is okay for some reason though.