The other day I was reading an article in a magazine at my dentist’s office which recommended always eating fruit with some sort of protein. Does that make nutritional sense?
— Rob (Last name withheld)
New York, NY
Yes and no.
From a blood sugar standpoint, it’s certainly a recommended guideline.
Since fruit tends to increase blood sugar levels rather quickly, it is often recommended to patients with diabetes (and even pre-diabetes) to not only eat fruit in its whole form (which also provides fiber, which also helps keeps control blood sugar levels) but also accompany it with a high-protein food.
For someone without blood sugar concerns, though, having a banana or some apple slices by themselves are not something I would caution against. Of course, the addition of protein to that fruit snack would definitely help in terms of providing satiety for a longer period of time.