A lot of bodybuilders are fruit-phobic, but fruits in general have higher base antioxidant values than vegetables. This is especially true after preparation since fruits are more likely to be eaten raw. Exercising individuals need antioxidants to quench the damage done by free radicals.
If you're afraid of the carbs in fruits, eat berries, which tend to be lower in carbs. Melons in season are a good option as well.
Makes sense, but chances are they are getting enough vitamins through a healthy diet and a good chunk of highly dedicated bodybuilders will take vitamin supplementation. Whatever works.
Although Vitamins A and C are antioxidants, antioxidants aren't necessarily vitamins. An apple only has about 6-10% of the RDA for vitamin C, but has more antioxidant value than 1500 milligrams of C. A dose of 1500 milligrams of vitamin C is 25 times the RDA for the vitamin. An apple a day....
Fruits, being the ripened ovaries of plants, are the most biologically active part of the plant. They have the most antioxidant value. Any hard-training exerciser who is concerned about exercised-induced free radical damage would be going against his own interests by omitting fruits from his diet.