Is Fruit Killing You?

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(DGIwire)  There are many diets and health advisors today who declare that we all must limit fruit consumption.  Too much can kill you and cause all kinds of imbalances and health issues, they say. Fruit is making you fat! Causing imbalances in your blood sugar. Maybe even triggering or accelerating your diabetic state.  Such claims are particularly common by certain so-called gurus espousing low-carb and paleo diets.  Usually the reasoning behind their advice and recommendations is to limit or avoid simple carbohydrates, sugar and fructose.  However, when it comes to fruit– have they really put much thought into this advice?

Of course there is plenty of evidence that simple and concentrated processed carbohydrates like sugar, corn syrup and other refined sweeteners have an adverse effect on our physiology.  High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is now the most commonly used sweetener in processed foods and soft drinks, has been shown to be particularly problematic.  Because fruits contain about 50% glucose and 50% fructose, they are often lumped in the same category as a potential dietary problem.  Does this really make any sense?

“We have searched and have found no studies that have linked fruit consumption to an increased risk of any adverse health condition or disease.  In fact, all studies consistently cite fruit consumption as a positive factor in health outcomes.  Different forms of fruit have been consumed throughout our evolution over hundreds-of-thousands of years with nothing but positive effect,” says Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.  

There is a big difference between fruits and all processed man-made sweeteners.  Namely this: Fruits are naturally high in moisture content, averaging around 90% water, which has the effect of diluting any glucose or fructose they contain when consumed.  Fruit also contains fiber, vitamins, minerals and other compounds (both known and unknown) which have all been shown to be beneficial to our overall health.

Tom Griesel adds, “We find it very peculiar that many weight-loss “experts” suggest limiting fruit.  It is extremely difficult to over-consume fresh, whole fruit which actually makes it an excellent “diet” food.  When looked at from the “filling” perspective, fresh fruit is an excellent low-calorie choice along with non-starchy vegetables.  Plus, it can satisfy a “sweet-tooth” that is often cited as the downfall of many well-to-do dieters.”

Fresh whole fruit has a very different effect on blood sugar levels and subsequent insulin response when compared to man-made sweeteners.  Many people with blood sugar problems are surprised by the amount of fruit that are able to eat when all other concentrated man-made carbohydrates and sugars are eliminated from their diet.  They are also surprised with how satiated they feel after having consumed only a whole fruit or two.

All the evidence indicates that including more fruits and vegetables in your diet is the key to better health and the greater the variety the better.  Our bodies seem to operate best on a diet comprised of fresh whole fruits, vegetables, tubers, nuts and seeds along with adequate quality protein from natural meat and fish which have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones.  This is the way Mother Nature intended it to be.

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