Calories in Fruits

Okay, here is a test: Between the following fruits, which one contains the most calories? Which one has the least?: Plums, Peaches, Apples, Oranges

The answer: The most calories is the apple (95) and the least are shared by the plum and orange (45) and peaches are in the middle (59).

As a comparison, a medium size egg contains 78 calories.

Given the relatively small amount of calories present in fruits such as plums and oranges, why do you constantly hear from your doctor (me) that you should “keep fruit intake low and protein intake high”? The answer: A very important “X Factor” in the weight control equation is metabolic rates. There is something about protein intake that appears to “rev up” metabolism more so than sugar-containing foods such as fruits. Two eggs in the morning for breakfast is a MUCH better choice for weight control than having two oranges, despite the higher caloric content of the eggs.

I am not saying that people should stay away from fruit entirely during their weight control journeys but rather, keep fruit minimized and really strive for high protein intake.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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