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Picking our apples from "The Tree of Life" 
Think of this diet of mine (and yours?) as being related to what early mankind once was, dating back to the very dawn of history.  And by "history" I am talking here about the history of human kind--- a history which began with the very first word ever spoken, to be later followed by the written word.  And so what did early mankind eat?
In the beginning they were not hunters, but "gatherers."  Even Adam and Eve were "gatherers".  And just what did they gather?  They gathered the fruit that was so plentiful about them from the place where they lived--- The "Garden" of Eden.  And in like manner, so too do I gather fruit so plentiful from the surroundings we find about us. 
But being as overweight as I am, there are limits as to how much fruit I should gather.  Why?  Because all fruit, since the dawn of history, contains fructose.  But unlike HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) found in all "processed" or "prepared" food that so many of us prefer to "gather"--- the fructose we find in the tiny bit of whole fruit that we otherwise gather only occasionally, is recognized by our bodies as being "natural" fructose--- and in dosages which the human body can just as naturally process directly by our cells--- whereas HFCS, being so heavily concentrated as it is that our bodies cannot even recognize what it is that we have just eaten or drank---- hence by-passing our cells altogether, and instead, processes all ingested HFCS through only our livers--- which not knowing what to do with this stuff, stores it all as omental fat around our bellies...to be soon enough followed by that next Oreo cookie or that next ice-cold soda, etc., etc., etc.  And in this process that is repeated over and over even within the same day, we effectively become addicted to our HFCS, yet never being quite satisfied, we have another--- and another after that.
Still, for those of us trying to lose weight, we have to watch even how much of this alternative or natural fructose--- found in the whole fruit we gather--- that we should eat?  Dr. Mercola of Mercola.com     once again tells us how much of this natural fructose from whole fruit that we may safely eat every day.  His answer is "around 15-grams, but no more." 
And sooner or later, the question for us all then becomes:--- "What whole fruits should we select in our gathering of them?"  And once again, Dr. Mercola tells us the answer we need to know in the form of a Table of Values as to the gram-count contained in a normal serving from among the more common fruits so plentifully available.  As for me and mine, Nancy and I select our own 15-gram daily limit mostly from the whole fruits listed in the left-hand column of Dr. Mercola's Table--- limiting ourselves to only say two fruits from the right-hand column--- apples and oranges.  It's all part of the equation that sooner or later we must all address:--- "Eat this, not that."  So you too should consider choosing what's right for you in the gathering of your own fresh fruit by referring from time-to-time to this Table of Values  that is so conveniently provided for you 'ratch hyar 'n nah":--- 
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose
Limes 1 medium 0
Lemons 1 medium 0.6
Cranberries 1 cup 0.7
Passion fruit 1 medium 0.9
Prune 1 medium 1.2
Apricot 1 medium 1.3
Guava 2 medium 2.2
Date (Deglet Noor style) 1 medium 2.6
Cantaloupe 1/8 of med. melon 2.8
Raspberries 1 cup 3.0
Clementine 1 medium 3.4
Kiwifruit 1 medium 3.4
Blackberries 1 cup 3.5
Star fruit 1 medium 3.6
Cherries, sweet 10 3.8
Strawberries 1 cup 3.8
Cherries, sour 1 cup 4.0
Pineapple 1 slice
(3.5" x .75")
Grapefruit, pink or red 1/2 medium 4.3
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose
Boysenberries 1 cup 4.6
Tangerine/mandarin orange 1 medium 4.8
Nectarine 1 medium 5.4
Peach 1 medium 5.9
Orange (navel) 1 medium 6.1
Papaya 1/2 medium 6.3
Honeydew 1/8 of med. melon 6.7
Banana 1 medium 7.1
Blueberries 1 cup 7.4
Date (Medjool) 1 medium 7.7
Apple (composite) 1 medium 9.5
Persimmon 1 medium 10.6
Watermelon 1/16 med. melon 11.3
Pear 1 medium 11.8
Raisins 1/4 cup 12.3
Grapes, seedless (green or red) 1 cup 12.4
Mango 1/2 medium 16.2
Apricots, dried 1 cup 16.4
Figs, dried 1 cup 23.0