Are Any Fruits Acceptable While Doing the Whole30 Program?
The Short Answer:
Fruit is allowed on the Whole30 program, in moderation.
The Long Answer:
The Whole30 is all about natural foods. One of the major enemies of this program is added sugar. Sweets are 100% off the table for the duration. So, you might think that fruit would also be a no-no for Whole30, but that’s not the case.
According to the official Whole30 website, fruit is absolutely allowed in moderation and should be eaten with meals, rather than as a dessert or snack. The sugars found in fruit occur naturally, and so they are acceptable on this plan.
The folks over at www.whole30.com recommend two servings of fruit per-day, but specify that it should never be seen as a substitute for having a sweet tooth. With Whole30, mentality is very important. You’re not just eliminating certain unhealthy food options, you are changing your mindset when it comes to how you eat.
Certain dried fruit and nut bars are also acceptable on the Whole30 program, as long as they do not contain any grains or added sugar.
What is Whole30?
The Whole30 Program is a short-term body reset lasting 30 days, which refocuses individuals on whole foods and forces them to really think about what they are eating.
On Whole30, participants have:
- No added sugar or artificial sweeteners
- No legumes
- No dairy
- No grains
- No alcohol
The goal of Whole30 is not weight loss, (though substantial weight loss might still occur) so I am loathe to refer to it as a “diet.” Instead, Whole30 is a lifestyle shift that encourages healthy eating practices.