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Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:43 am

Eating too much fruit will cause symptoms of blood sugar problems.

It’s no secret that a proper, healthy raw food diet contains a lot of fruit. In fact, the quantity of fruit that I consume in one single day probably exceeds the quantity consumed by an average family on a weekly, if not monthly basis.

When people look at all that fruit, they’re suddenly afraid that eating so much of it will cause them health problems, the most common being cited is blood sugar issues.

I’ve known many people who are absolutely convinced that whenever they eat a lot of sweet fruit, their blood sugar “goes out of wack.” Their interpretation of what is happening to them is often “getting sudden energy, followed by a blood sugar crash.”

In other words, they compare their body’s response to eating fruit to a common response to stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine: a sudden stimulation followed by a depressed, “recovery” state.

In reality, in a fairly healthy individual, blood sugar will remain stable no matter how much fruit is eaten. I have tested this myself by testing my blood sugar throughout the day, and I found that it didn’t matter how many bananas I ate: my blood sugar remained normal throughout the day.

In fact, even when I eat more than 20 bananas in a day (which I do regularly), my blood sugar stays absolutely normal.

Steve Pavlina, who’s a professional author and speaker and whose website is one of the most visited on the web, did a 30-day trial of a 100%, low-fat, fruit-based raw food diet. During these 30 days, he recorded every single meal he ate. He also monitored closely his blood sugar, weight, blood pressure and other key stats. Here’s what he has to say about the effects of eating fruit on his blood sugar:

I monitored my blood sugar using a blood sugar testing device, the same kind diabetics may use. It showed no discernible spikes in blood sugar throughout the trial whatsoever — absolutely none. In fact, my blood sugar remained incredibly steady throughout the trial. My highest blood sugar reading of the trial was 94, which is still medium-low. All that sweet fruit in my diet simply did not have any adverse effect on my blood sugar.

Eating this way gave my blood sugar more consistency than ever. I couldn’t spike my blood sugar on this diet if I tried. Even eating 19 bananas in one day made no difference.

(from: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/02/raw-food-diet/)

Dr. Graham, author of the book “The 80-10-10 Diet”, also told me that whenever people came to him thinking that their “blood sugar was out of balance” due to sweet fruit consumption, they were found to have perfectly normal blood sugar after being tested.

That being said, I think that it’s still possible for some people to experience a negative reaction from eating sweet fruit. However, it’s not the fruit that’s to blame in this case, but their overall diet which is too high in fat. This situation is best explained in the book “Breaking the Food Seduction”, by Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.

“It may surprise you to know that you can actually change your body’s response to any food so that you are better able to handle whatever sugars it might contain. (…)
Marjorie was one of our research volunteers. In a laboratory test, we asked her to drink a syrup containing 75 grams of pure sugar. Taking blood samples over the next two hours, we saw what happened to her blood sugar. (…) It peaked at about thirty minutes, then quickly cascaded downwward. That’s a pretty typical pattern. If your bolod sugar falls too precipitously you may be set up for another binge, which is your body’s way of bringing your blood sugar back up again.

Here’s the problem: insulin is the hormone that escorts sugar from your blood stream into the cells of the body. It is like a doorman who turns the knob on the door to each cell, helps sugar go inside, and then closes the door. (…)

But everything changes when you eat fatty foods, or when you gain a significant amount of weight. Insulin can’t work in an oil slick. When there is too much fat in the bloodstream, insulin’s hand slips on the knob. Unable to open the door to the cells, insulin lets sugar build up in the blood. Your body responds by making more and more insulin and eventually it will get the sugar into the cells.

(…) Cutting fat from your meals improves what is called insulin sensitivity, meaning that insulin efficiently escorts sugar into the cells of the body. (…)

With our guidance, Marjorie adjusted her diet to scrupulously cut fat and boost fiber. A few weeks later we repeated the test. She again drank exactly the same sugar solution, but the changes in her blood sugar were very different. Because the low-fat diet had tuned up her insulin, the blood-sugar was more muted, the peak was lower, and the fall was gentler than before. (…) In our clinical studies, we have found that simple diet changes alone boost insulin sensitivity by an average of 24 percent, and it can increase even more if you also exercise.”

So again, fruit has been blamed for a problem it did not cause. In most cases, people who think they have blood sugar spikes have in fact perfectly normal blood sugar. And in the few cases when they truly are not handling the sweet fruit they eat properly, their high-fat diet is to blame, not the fruit.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:46 am

Diabetics Should Not Eat Fruit

What about diabetes? Should diabetics avoid fruit altogether or should they not worry about it?

Again, it’s best to look at the root of the problem, rather than analyse it superficially.

Fruit eating does NOT cause diabetes. Diabetes is actually caused by a high-fat diet, combined with other factors (some possibly genetic) that will cause insulin sensitivity.

While type 1 diabetes occurs early in life and is rarely reversible, type 2 diabetes is simply an acute form of insulin resistance or “reduced insulin sensitivity.” This type is completely reversible when the root of the problem is addressed in time.

If you want to improve your body’s response to the natural sugar in fruit — and all of the food you eat for that matter — all you have to do is improve your insulin sensitivity by doing the following:

* Reduce your body fat to a healthy level
* Eat a high-fiber diet (or should we say, an “adequate” fiber diet)
* Eat a low fat diet (10% or less by total calories)
* Exercise regularly (and favor cardio type of exercises)
* Avoid animal foods

These recommendations, endorsed by many health professionals with extensive experience healing with diabetes naturally (Fuhrman, Mc.Dougall, Ornish, Barnard, etc.), are actually perfectly compatible with a high-fruit, low fat diet.

Most diabetics I know have done incredibly well on a fruit-based diet (as long as it’s a low-fat one), by reducing dramatically the quantity of insulin they have to take, or eliminating it completely.

The problem of diabetes should be addressed by looking at the root of the problem rather than superficially claiming that sweet fruit will only exacerbate it. You should pay attention to all the important factors that can improve insulin sensitivity, the main ones being: a low fat diet, regular exercise, low body fat, and a raw food diet.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:46 am

Fruit Causes Candida.

It seems like every other person I meet in the raw food movement has issues with Candida. Usually, the main culprit blamed is sweet fruit.

The question remains whether they actually have a real overgrowth of the yeast “Candida Albicans” or not. I’m personally very skeptical of the self-diagnosis that most “Candida” sufferers come up with. In most cases, I believe they are simply showing symptoms of a diet that doesn’t work, whether it’s related to Candida or not.

The real problem with Candida is once you are convinced of the problem, you generally follow what is called the “Candida Diet,” which does exactly what it claims in its name: it gives you more Candida! It’s funny that they don’t call it the “Anti-Candida diet” but the “Candida Diet.”

When you analyze the diet you will find yet another variation of the medical model for dieting: elimination of carbohydrates and increase in fat and protein. Fortunately for the promoters of this diet, these recommendations actually cause your Candida to stay for a long time. The elimination of sugar might control some of the symptoms, but the root of the problem is being fed with every meal.

Issues with Candida are easily solved once you understand the concept of insulin sensitivity and realize how a high-fat diet actually contributes to elevated blood sugar, which in turn will feed the Candida yeast.

Every food that you eat will be transformed to sugar to feed the cells. The word sugar has been slandered so much that some people seem to be afraid to have sugar run in their bloodstream at any time! But without blood sugar, your cells will die, and your muscles and brain function will stop working.

Your goal should be to keep your blood sugar stable and normal, and not let the sugar accumulate in the blood. It should be swiftly escorted to the cells when they need it. And the way to do that is to simply improve your insulin sensitivity.

So the “Anti-Candida diet” is quite counter intuitive, but addresses the root of the problems, not the superficial symptoms. On this program, you will eliminate any overly fatty foods from your diet (such as oils, avocados, nuts and seeds) for a period of several weeks or months. You will also pay attention to the other factors I have mentioned that can improve your insulin sensitivity.

And if you’re afraid of going on a “no-fat” diet, remember that all fruits and vegetables contain a tiny but sufficient percentage of fat, enough to meet your basic needs.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:47 am

Eating too much fruit, especially bananas, will have you overdose on potassium

It’s important to make the difference between artificial, supplemental potassium (K), and the naturally occurring potassium in fruits. The FDA does not allow a supplement to contain more than 99 mg. of potassium, and injecting yourself with 200 mg of artificial potassium can rush you to the hospital. But three bananas contain up to 1,200 mg of natural potassium, which will not cause any negative symptoms.

There’s really no point to fear any potassium “overdose” even when eating a fair number of bananas. Research done on wild monkeys showed that they eat over 6500 milligrams of potassium per day. It would take you over 15 bananas to eat as much potassium as they do. Plus wild monkeys are much smaller in size than we are, so we could eat even more bananas and not even reach the potassium intake of a monkey on a daily basis.

I have previously stated in my e-zine that early humans consumed 40 times as much potassium as sodium. It makes sense because we lose potassium a lot faster than sodium.

The “official” recommendations by nutritionists are to eat more potassium and less sodium.

Even standard nutritionists agree that most people do not eat enough potassium and that ideally they should consume close to 5000 milligrams per day, and even more for active people.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:47 am

Fruit causes cancer.

Every single week, it seems like a new anti-cancer antioxidant is discovered in some fruit or vegetable. In fact, if you really do some research on the subject, you will find overwhelming evidence linking fruit eating to reduced incidence of cancer. The American Cancer Society also recommends to increase fruit consumption (http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/cgi/con ... ll/52/2/92)

So it’s beyond me how some knucklehead naturopath could make the outrageous claim that eating sweet fruit can cause cancer, or that cancer patients should avoid it completely.

The theory is that since cancer cells feed on sugar, cancer patients should avoid fruit to make sure those cells don’t grow out of control. Obviously, they don’t realize that blood glucose can be created by any food you eat. Even if you avoid sweet fruit but eat more protein or fat, those nutrients will be converted to glucose and fed to the cells. So what’s the solution, not eat anything at all and waste away?

Again, it’s best to address the root of the problem. Does eating fruit cause cancer? If it did, how many scientific studies can you cite that have linked sweet fruit consumption to increased incidence of cancer? You haven’t heard of these studies simply because they don’t exist.

For a better understanding of the nutritional causes of cancer, read “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell.

In my next article, I will review the other half of the “Top-10 Myths About Eating Fruit”.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:48 am

Today’s fruits are too hybridized and contain too much sugar.

We often hear the claim that “modern” fruit contains too much sugar, as opposed to the low-sugar wild fruits, which are generally not available for sale in most grocery store. The critics of fruit tend to view the cultivars and varieties that are available today as “unnatural”. Their claim is that the artificial hybridization of fruit creates an inferior product that is too high in sugar and too low in minerals.

Let’s take a look at these claims one by one.

First, the whole idea that cultivated fruit contains “too much” sugar.

It’s entirely possible that on average, cultivated fruits contain more sugar than wild fruits. There are a variety of reasons for that and I won’t go into all of them.

One of those reasons is simply because as humans moved away from a hunter-gatherer type of lifestyle to a more agricultural one, thousands of years ago, we have perfected certain techniques for fruit cultivation which enabled us to get the best varieties that we preferred. Many wild fruits were left on their own, so to speak, and didn’t evolve with the qualities that we normally seek (such as sweetness).

This is not to say that all wild fruit is sour and low in sugar. I have tasted various types of completely unknown fruits in my travels. Many of them were quite sweet and tasty.

For example, in Brazil I tasted at least 5 different types of fruits I had never seen before — all of which grew 100% wild. The sweetness was comparable to a very sweet white peach.

But even if it were true that commercial fruits contain more sugar than wild ones, the real question is: does it contain too much?

An anti-fruitarian site states the following:

“As I have seen an elaborate argument purporting to prove that, in effect, fruits cannot contain excess sugar, let me list some of the symptoms of excess sugar consumption: excess urination, frequent thirst, mood swings such as exhilaration followed by depression (sugar highs/lows), frequent fatigue, intermittent blurred vision, pains in large joints, etc. Such symptoms are more common among fruitarians (and are usually dismissed as “detox”) than the extremists care to admit.”

In the same line of thought, author David Wolfe points out that “hybridized” fruit acts like processed sugar in the body. He does not exactly explain how, but says that overconsumption of these fruit can lead to dehydration and a slightly diabetic situation.

Now, all of the symptoms that are blamed on hybridized, sweet fruit are clearly attributable to the high-fat diet that is so common in the raw food world. All of these symptoms, and more, are 100% caused by the excessive fat content that most of these so-called fruitarians forget to mention when they describe their diet.

As I explained in the first part of this article, I can personally consume over 20 bananas in a day and not get the slightest symptom of blood sugar imbalance. But when I was eating a high-fat diet and probably less fruit than I am eating today, I was constantly plagued by low-energy, blood sugar swings, frequent thirst, and many other problems.

So does modern fruit contain “too much sugar”? The answer is a definite no. Unless you consumed more calories than you actually need, you will not take in “too much sugar”, even if all you ate was dates.

As for the mineral content of fruits, it’s fair to say that it’s probably not as high as it could be. But it’s not that much of an issue since the diet I recommend includes more vegetables than any other diet. Vegetables contain a higher mineral content than most fruits, and will perfectly balance an otherwise high-fruit diet.

As for the entire issue of hybridization, I find it funny that many of these authors would like us to stop eating “hybridized” bananas, carrots and grapes, while they promote a diet which is composed of a tiny portion of vegetables and a generous serving of artery-clogging, mineral-free oils and fats, and other exotic, packaged foods that are apparently better for us than fresh fruit.

The word “hybrid” means nothing bad. It’s simply the description of a process that also occurs in nature. The fruits and plants that are preferred by animals are spread around more and tend to be “hybridized” naturally.

The truth is that every single fruit OR vegetable you buy has been hybridized to the point of being almost totally unrecognizable from its wild counterpart. Is that a bad thing? Well, a complete return to the wild would mean eating absolutely bitter celery, ridiculously sour oranges and mushy and tasteless watermelon. I don’t know about you but I think I’ll stick to the delicious cultivated fruits I’m eating now rather than go back to the jungle.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:49 am

Tropical fruits are too high on the glycemic index

Another strange recommendation that I hear a lot these days is to avoid certain fruits because they are too high on the glycemic index. The culprits are generally the high-sugar, tropic fruits such as bananas and mangoes.

I could completely destroy this claim, but instead I will explain why I don’t even consider the glycemic index a valid and reliable guide to tell us what to eat.

What is the glycemic index? Basically, it’s a table which describes the average response in blood sugar after the ingestion of a fixed portion of carbohydrate.

Now how is this average created? By averaging the data collected by a certain number of human subjects.

So here’s my problem: about 99.9% of the American population eats a diet that is too high in fat, and that on averages contains 45% fat per calorie. Their response to food is not going to be healthy, no matter what they eat! I explained the reasons for that in the first part of my article.

Therefore, this so-called index is completely unreliable because the blood sugar response to food eaten will vary tremendously from one individual to the next, and even from day to day.

The factors that will influence it will be: fitness levels, activity levels in any given day, blood glucose level at the time of the meal, insulin sensitivity, age, body fat levels, and more!

If you want to improve your blood sugar response to the foods you eat, focus on improving your health by lowering the fat content of your diet and engaging in daily fitness activities, rather than focusing simply on eating foods that are low on the glycemic index.

By the way, even on this index, every single fruit is listed as “low” to “moderate” on the index.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:49 am

Fruit Causes Dental Decay

It’s quite legitimate to worry about the possible effects of a diet high in sweet fruit on your dental health. To answer this question, we have to first understand the true cause of dental decay: a proliferation of certain types of bacteria in the oral environment. As we know, these bacteria will feed on carbohydrates and produce acid by-products, which will eat into the enamel, causing decay.

In a healthy individual, fresh sweet fruits such as oranges, bananas and peaches will not cause decay because of the fiber and water in the fruit, which will naturally cleanse the teeth. On the other hand, dried fruits and nuts can be a disaster on the teeth because they tend to stick to form a sticky paste that is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

But if someone already has dental problems to begin with (even just one cavity), there can be potential dangers to introducing greater quantities of carbohydrates in the diet.

The solution is obviously to deal with the problem at its root by stopping the proliferation of the bacteria. This means to go on a more aggressive dental hygiene program which will dramatically reduce the bacteria count and keep it under control. To know more about this, please consult my eBook “How to End Dental Decay Forever: a Daily Checklist”, available with any order of Toothsoap, at http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/toothsoap.html

If you pay attention to some simple dental hygiene rules, the consumption of fresh fruit will not result in dental decay, as long as you avoid dried fruits such as figs and dates or immediately brush your teeth after eating them.

As for the acidity in fruit and its effects on the enamel, I have a few simple tips:

* Only eat acid fruits once a day, and not every day. This includes oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, pineapples, and other very acid fruits.
* If you eat more than one fruit meal per day, make one of those meal of a fruit with little or no acidity, such as bananas, figs or persimmons.
* Rinse your mouth with water after eating acid foods

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:49 am

Sugar is sugar, and too much of it is bad, even if it comes from fruit

There’s this growing trend of people who are starting to think that because sweet fruit contains simple sugars, that automatically that sugar is the same as the refined white sugar we all know is bad for us.

First of all, most of the diseases that people associate with sugar consumption are actually caused or exacerbated by a high-fat diet. For example, conditions such as candida, hypoglycemia and diabetes would not occur if on a low-fat diet, even if your diet contained some refined sugar.

Of course, by eliminating ALL sugar you can partially mask the symptoms of the disease, but you’ll never fully heal from it until you attack it at its very roots, which is done again by:

* Lowering your body fat to healthy levels
* Lowering the fat content in your diet to 10% or less by calories
* Increasing your fitness levels and exercising regularly
* Paying attention to the other important factors of health (sunshine, fresh air, sleep, etc.)

Secondly, the “sugar” found in fruit is not exactly comparable to the refined sugar found in a cake. It’s in a form that’s readily digestible, but also comes in a complete package which includes water, fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and co-enzymes.

Finally, you might want to ask yourself “how much fruit sugar is too much?”

If you’ve never eaten 20 bananas in a day, it might sound to you like this would be too much. And indeed, it might be too much, for you, because your nutritional requirements are different. But if all you eat is fruits and vegetables with minimal quantities of fat, and if you need about 2500 to 3000 calories in a day, then eating 20 bananas is certainly not “too much”. It’s the right amount.

The same energy could be found by eating other fruits, but in the end it would still look like a lot of fruit to most people! It’s only by doing the nutritional analysis of what’s eaten that you’ll find that this amount is just amount right to cover your nutritional needs.

A person needing 1500 calories a day will eat less fruit than a training athlete. So how much “too much” is, is simply determined by your daily caloric needs, which will be dictated by your hunger. In other words, if you’re still hungry, it’s because you haven’t eaten enough, even if eating more fruit beyond that point would seem to you like being “too much.”

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 8:50 am

Eating only fruits will lead to dangerous deficiencies

It might come as a surprise for you to learn that most deficiencies come from a “surplus,” rather than a lack of any particular nutrient. For example, osteoporosis is not really caused by a lack of calcium in the diet, but by certain lifestyle and diet factors that prevent its proper absorption and assimilation. Eating all the calcium in the world won’t make a difference if you want to “prevent” osteoporosis. To prove that point, just look at the countries in the world that have the highest calcium intake… they also have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

If you were to eat fruit only, and stay within the guidelines of a low-fat diet, you would not develop any deficiencies as long as you consumed enough to meet your caloric needs. You could maintain this diet for months or years and stay in perfect health during that time.

At some point however, you could get certain imbalances caused by a lack of minerals that are generally more abundant in vegetation. For this reason, I do not recommend a pure fruitarian diet. You should include vegetables such as lettuce, celery, spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers in your daily diet.

If you’re afraid of a particular deficiency, I’d like to ask yourself the following:

Upon what information are you relying to claim that you are either deficient or that you might become deficient in any particular nutrient?

Remember that all standards for human health are based on an average of “average” individuals, in “average” health eating an “average” diet. So if your goal would be to meet these standards of health, then I would tell you to go ahead and try to mimic their averages.

But remember that in this “average” life you will likely:

* Suffer from high blood pressure as you get older (like 90% of the population)
* Die of cancer or heart disease (main causes of death)
* Watch your prostate enlarge as you get older, if you’re a man (almost every single man will)
* Become dependent on some kind medicine or drug (like almost everyone over the age of 55)
* And so on and so forth!

The standards for health are simply not reliable if you want “above average” health. Let me give you some examples:

* The blood pressure of a healthy individual could actually be considered on the “low” side of the average
* The body fat of a healthy athlete is considered too low for an “average” person
* The resting heart rate of a truly healthy individual could almost cause some doctors to worry about their life
* The average body temperature of a raw vegan is slightly lower than the national average

The same goes for averages for cholesterol levels, iron levels, levels of certain vitamins, and so on and so forth.

I personally do not rely on these averages to evaluate my health because I have completely different standards for optimal health.

I also reject the idea of eating certain types of foods in order to get certain types of nutrients. For example:

* Eating cacao beans for magnesium
* Eating bananas for potassium
* Eating a certain types of salt for its minerals (without taking in account that it’s 99.9% sodium chloride!)

This is just compartmentalized nutrition and doesn’t take into account the incredible complexity of the entire process of digestion and assimilation! Like I said, most deficiencies are caused by a “surplus” of something. In other words, something you’re doing is preventing you from assimilitating some of the nutrients in the foods you eat. Rather than stuffing yourself with those nutrients, you have to address the root of the problems by evaluating your entire lifestyle, not just the foods that you eat.

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables over the course of a year, and your nutrient needs will take care of themselves.

I will tell you however that the biggest “deficiency” that people experience when they try a raw food diet is a “calorie deficiency” or deficit. They are simply not eating enough! By not eating enough calories, they might lose weight faster but are compromising their health and their ability to stay on the program.

If you’d like to get some more practical applications of making the diet work in the real world, including a deeper discussion on this topic of deficiencies and “what to eat” (including what to do for Vitamin B12), you owe it to yourself to check out my “Raw Health Starter Kit”, the most complete kit of information available on the topic. For more information, click here.

Conclusion

If you were afraid somewhat of fruit, I hope that reading this article has helped you eliminate your fears of it completely. Remember that every study ever done on the effects of eating a lot of fruit in the diet has only come up with positive results in favor of fruit consumption.

Nobody gets sick from eating fruit. But because it’s easy or they have something to sell, they might try to make you believe that fruit was the reason for your problems.

All of the so-called “fruitarians” who crashed on the diet were making some obvious mistakes, such as:

* Not eating enough calories
* Eating lots of dried fruits and dates
* Eating large quantities of avocados, thinking that’s it’s okay because it’s a “fruit” (botanically speaking, it is)

For the record, I do not recommend a diet of only fruit, but one where fruit dominates by calories, with plenty of vegetable matter added for variety and overall nutrition. Fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds can be consumed, but in small amounts.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Oct 27, 2010 10:16 am

News flash: Forget about the "low-carb" craze. This ridiculous diet trend is utter nonsense. It's time to use your head, embrace your natural instinct, and eat all of the fresh sweet fruit you desire. Carbohydrates from fruit are essential for providing nutrients and energy for our bodies.

You can't survive on vegetables alone. They don't contain enough calories or nutrients to sustain you. You'd wither away to nothing in no time flat. So, for those of you who think that a raw food diet is all about eating salads, listen up! If you want to be skinny and healthy, you need to eat fruit and lots of it. Fruit is your primary source of calories. You need adequate calories to survive--don't be afraid of them. Remember, you want to be skinny, not scrawny.

Yes, fruit is a carbohydrate. But, not all carbohydrates are bad. People often think the carbohydrates in fruit are harmful as they confuse them with the dangerous, disease-causing carbohydrates in grains and refined sugar. It's essential that you learn which carbohydrates promote optimal health and which ones lead to obesity and disease. For our purposes we will discuss carbohydrates in terms of good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates.

Bad carbohydrates include refined sugar, such as that found in candy, pop, ice cream, and pastries. They also include grains and grain products, such as rice, wheat, oats, cereals, flour, pasta, bread, cakes, and cookies. Most of these carbohydrates enter your bloodstream at warp speed, causing "sugar highs" and "sugar lows." This addictive rollercoaster effect causes you to eat more as you are always trying to maintain that "high." These carbohydrates are also cooked and highly processed, so you'll gain enormous amounts of weight if you eat them.

Plus, they are about as nutritionally beneficial as cardboard. No wonder some people are chronic overeaters--their bodies yearn for vitamins and minerals, and they keep feeding it empty calories and foods that are nutritionally deficient. Because of this, people continue to eat more as their bodies hope that, with the next bite, they will finally find nourishment. This effort is to no avail--you'll never find adequate nourishment in bad carbohydrates.

You will, however, find abundant nutrients in good carbohydrates, such as those found in fresh sweet fruit. Carbohydrates from fresh fruit are replete with vitamins and minerals, the very nutrients that keep you attractive and healthy. Fruit is, by far, our most perfect food. 80% or more of your calories should come from fresh sweet fruit. Eating fruit supplies you with maximum energy as it digests quickly, requiring almost no effort or energy from your body. It heals and cleanses your body, aiding in detoxification and elimination. It will not make you fat, so get this myth out of your head right now. Fresh fruit is rich in water, nutrients, and fiber. It enters your bloodstream slowly, so you will not experience the "sugar highs" and "sugar lows" associated with bad carbohydrates as long as you eat a low-fat diet.

"As long as you eat a low-fat diet." Did you catch those important words? This brings us to our next myth about fruit. Many people think that eating too much fruit causes diabetes. Let's get this straight right now. Sugar does not cause diabetes--fat is the culprit! Fruit digests very quickly, in 30 minutes or less. Fat digests very slowly. So when people eat a high fat diet and they eat fruit, or any sugar for that matter, the fat blocks the sugar from passing through the body. If sugar stays in the body longer than necessary, it overburdens the pancreas until it fails. The pancreas produces insulin which transports sugar to the bloodstream and to your cells for fuel. Too much fat interferes with this process and keeps the sugar inside of the body, elevating blood sugar, leading to diabetes over time. So remember, limit your consumption of nuts, seeds, and avocados. Only 10% or less of your total calories should come from fat.

It's irritating to see how resistant people are to eating fruit. The "low-carb" craze is partly to blame for this resistance. People have been misled for too long. The "low-carb" proponents have turned people into "carb-phobics." Until you suspend your disbelief about the benefits of eating a high fruit diet and change your accustomed view about cooked and processed foods, your health will continue on a fast track to nowhere.

As you can see from my no-nonsense, tough-love tone, I'm passionate about nutrition and dedicated to empowering you to become as healthy as you can be. I can't impress upon you enough the importance of making fruit the most dominant food in your diet. So, right now, go to your local market, purchase a great big melon, bring it home, cut yourself an enormous piece, and enjoy every yummy bite. Then . . . go have yourself another super-sized serving.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Nov 10, 2010 3:18 am

Sugar is bad for you - sweet fruits contain sugar - therefore sweet fruits are bad. The simple sugars from fruits spikes your blood sugar and will inevitably cause diabetes, candida, and other diseases.

Dr. Douglas Graham wrote in The 80/10/10 Diet:

"The mistaken notion that eating fruit causes blood-sugar problems underlies most admonitions to steer clear of fruit, especially sweet fruit. Granted, high blood sugar does lead to Candida outbreaks, chronic fatigue, hyper- and hypoglycemia, diabetes, and a host of other conditions and diseases, even cancer. Too much sugar is indeed bad for you, though it is almost impossible to get too much sugar from the consumption of fresh fruit. Eating fruit is not the cause of blood sugar problems... not when you are eating a low-fat diet, that is. When the system is not gummed up with excess fat, the sugar from even 'high-glycemic' fruit moves easily in and then out of the blood."

"In fact, if we consume much less than 80% of our calories as carbohydrates, we are destined to consume too much protein, fat or both... More than ten percent of daily calories from protein results in low energy and acid toxemia, a precursor for osteoporosis, kidney disease, arthritis, immune dysfunction, and cancer. More than ten percent of daily calories from fat leads to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and many other maladies."

Whole fresh fruits contain the fuel upon which we are designed to thrive - simple sugars. Eating the fruit fresh and whole is key to success, as the soft fiber in fruits allow their sugars to absorb gradually. For example, if you juice a fruit, you take away the fiber and are left with refined simple carbohydrates, ie. empty calories and junk food.

Complex carbohydrate foods like grains and legumes taste bland, often require cooking and are nutritionally inferior to fruits and vegetables. They are generally not a great choice.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Nov 10, 2010 3:20 am

Hybrid man-made supersweet seedless fruit like banana etc should be avoided, because they are unnatural calorie dense sugar bombs. In the past man couldn't have survived and evolved on a fruit-based diet, when fruits contained much smaller amounts of sugar.

Dr. Douglas Graham answered on Raw Food & Sports Nutrition forum recently:

"If bananas are 30 times sweeter, as claimed, that would mean that to get a meal of bananas, instead of eating 15 of em, I would have to have eaten 450. Where the heck would I find 450 ripe bananas all at once, and how could a human eat that many at a meal?

All plants, and all animals are hybrids. Hybridization is nothing to fear. When fruit is sweeter, you are satisfied sooner, hence you eat less of it.

The banana has been the banana, for as far back in time as we can follow it. It hasn't changed, except that the banana hybridized, by itself, to a seedless form. Man had nothing to do with it. But the old seeded forms are just as sweet, if not sweeter, than today's banana. I believe the idea that fruit is sweeter today than it was is hogwash. I know for fact that many fruits today are not as sweet, or as tasty, as they were when I was a kid. Only a few fruits are sweeter today, the grapefruit being the first that comes to my mind.

Show me some facts about fruit being sweeter today, and I will openly consider it. Otherwise, we are dealing solely with unfounded and unsupported hearsay."

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Nov 10, 2010 3:20 am

Sweet (and often acid) fruit cause tooth decay.

Dr. Douglas Graham writes in The 80/10/10 Diet:

"It appears that dehydrated foods have the most profound negative effect on teeth." He refers to dried and acid-forming fruit, nuts, seeds, complex carbohydrates, and refined simple carbohydrates. However, "Whole, Fresh, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables are excellent foods for teeth and gums."

Cleaning your teeth carefully is important, whatever you eat. I use a soft toothbrush with water and floss gently between the teeth. "Improper flossing can irritate the gums and result in unnatural enlargement of the pockets between the teeth and gums."

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Nov 10, 2010 3:25 am

Liver Glycogen

Moreover, why is it presumed that liver glycogen is ONLY reduced upon waking up in the morning? Nothing happens in isolation; for example, liver glycogen is not just replenished in the morning and then it is full the rest of the day. This narrow-minded pseudo-science approach is what leads people to the feeling of being on a "diet" and nutritional deprivation.

Liver glycogen is in a constant state of influx-efflux. After a bout of exercise, liver glycogen is not 100%, it is actually reduced and how much it is reduced will be determined on the intensity and duration of the exercise bout.

In fact, after each meal in a day, approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the carbohydrates consumed are stored as liver glycogen, 1/3 to 1/2 is stored as muscle glycogen and the remainder is oxidized for energy. Research has shown that liver and muscle glycogen replenishment are enhanced with a mixture glucose and fructose versus each alone.

In other words, adding fruit to a post-workout shake will serve to enhance the post-exercise anabolic response. In addition, it was shown in a study that fructose actually improved the transport of branched-chain amino acids too! Actually, hydroxycitric acid is from the fruit, malabar tamarind.

Research has shown that glycogen replenishment is enhanced further with consumption of this fruit extract and fat storage is reduced. Interesting, it was found that the extract from this fruit even reduced de novo lipolysis or conversion of excess carbohydrates to fats.

In fact, even if a little fat is made from excess fruit sugar (which I highly doubt, but let's play devil's advocate and go with this anyway), this may actually stimulate fat to be burned from stubborn body fat areas of the body! How? It's called, "Eat fat to lose fat".25 In other words, many times, the body will hit a wall in fat-burning (either by plateauing OR slowing down the metabolism if the caloric cut is too intense OR too long).

This is where slightly higher carb and/or calorie days come into play by re-setting one's metabolism. And it is ok if you store a little fat during this 1-3 day period. Sometimes, we need to take 1-step back, to take 2-steps forward.

There is research that has shown fructose to be more lipogenic than other sugars,13,73 however, in one study, 85 grams of sugar was used in 1-meal and 50-75% was pure fructose (~43-64 grams of fructose)! Most fruit has anywhere from 4 grams or less per serving,while a large banana may have up to 7-grams.

What this study was alluding to was the increased consumption of fructose sweeteners or added fructose sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup that are produced from corn starch and other starches.

In fact, another study did establish that fructose from fruit is not the culprit, but it is the added fructose to food. We need to get back to the basics of healthy-whole food eating.

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Re: Fruit Myths

Postby meign » Nov 10, 2010 3:28 am

What About The Fructose?

Additionally, fruits are not 100% fructose. It is shocking how fruits have been deemed as being bad for us by some, because of their naturally-occurring fructose content. Fruits are actually a brilliantly complex and seductive combination of fructose, sucrose, glucose, galactose and maltose.

Even so, not all fruits are created equal. For example, even for the hardcore bodybuilder who still avoids fruit in the last 1-2 weeks out, thinking this will get them to an absolute peak, I have a nice compromise. If you are concerned with the little fructose in fruit being stored as fat, one could simply eat higher fructose fruit in the morning for breakfast and eat lower-fructose containing fruit later in the day.

All things considered, the highest fructose containing fruits typically have 4-5 grams of fructose anyway. This would mean 4-5 grams equals 4-5 grams of fat right? Not so fast. Fat is 9 calories per gram, so theoretically, the 4-5 grams of extra fructose would mean a mere 1.7-2.2 grams of fat stored or 15-20 calories stored as fat.

Now, going back to the 1st element of fat-burning, if one is in caloric deficit, even if this trivial/meager amount of fructose is converted to fat, it will not be stored as fat because your body is already in negative caloric balance. This means you will use this fat for energy.

This also explains how bodybuilders can get down to extreme levels of leanness and then begin to eat more fat and/or carbs to "fill-out." They are still in negative balance, so fat theoretically becomes partitioned in favorable ways (used for energy and/or stored as essential fat or intramuscular fat).

The intramuscular fat part probably explains one aspect of how one can "fill-out" and still be lean when slowly adding calories back into the diet in the last 1-2 weeks. The body thinks, "Well, this man/women is really physically-active, I'd better store this fat close to the muscles so he/she will use it readily for energy for his/her next workout," metaphorically speaking.

Also, when fructose is converted to fat, like any conversion of carbs to fats, there is an energy cost in this conversion process.30,43,45,50,75 For example, for every 100 excess calories of protein, ~ 60-75 calories are stored as fat, while for every 100 excess calories of carbs, only ~ 72-76 calories are stored as fat, whereas with fat, ~ 97-98 calories out of 100 are stored as body fat.

So even if the carbs convert to fat, this is a costly process and you will likely store ~72-76% of the excess carbs as fat. So for those who have higher fat intakes on a low-carb diet, that is just mind-boggling because as much fat as you will be burning, you will be storing, so you're fighting a never-ending battle, not to mention, muscle catabolism is greater when carbs are not at a minimal level of sufficiency.


 


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