Mangos, bananas, grapes—do these and other fruits make you pack on the pounds?
While fruits do contain sugar, that doesn’t mean it will all automatically turn to fat. Fruits are actually an important part of your muscle-building regimen and should be included regularly in your diet.
Data from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reveals that 85 percent of Americans do not meet the daily recommended amount of fruit, which ranges from a cup and a half to two cups of fruit every day.
Besides providing fiber, a nutrient most Americans don’t get enough of, fruit also provides an array of antioxidants, potassium, and phytochemicals that have been shown to help prevent chronic diseases and fight inflammation caused by any excess visceral fat, if it’s present.