If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit?

If you know me, you know I’m an advocate of eating whole fruit, especially low glycemic fruit. Clients ask me all the time, “Isn’t fruit bad for you?”. 

Have you ever wondered if eating fruit  has the same adverse effect on the body as the “industrial fructose”  like sugar and high fructose corn syrup? 

Not all fructose is created equal as you will see in this short video.

Not only is whole fruit good for your body and  your brain, study are showing that it’s actually beneficial for overall health. 

So I wanted to share with you some of the latest research regarding the fruit and fructose subject from a reputable source. 

Dr. Michael Greger. MD explains the latest research explaining the difference between the two. 

Here are some highlights of the study:

  • Only “industrial fructose” and not fructose from fruit was associated with liver damage 
  • They found that fructose from added sugar was associated with hypertension and fructose from natural fruits did not
  • For weight loss:
    • part of the study was about a group restricting fructose from both added sugars and fruit from their diet and another group who just eliminated added sugar but kept fruit as part of their diet.
    • The study showed the diet that kept the fruit did better with more weight loss with extra fruit present then the group that restricted all fructose.  

Pretty interesting stuff. The study also showed that there was no negative effect on the body when eating whole fruit. 

Wonder why? 

Click on this short video as Dr. Greger explain about how the fiber and other nutrients in whole fruit may be the reason for the slow down of the absorption of fructose in the body. 

But as always, everybody is a bio individual so listen your body responses when eating any type of fructose. 

Love to hear your thoughts. Write them below.  

cindiesig

5 Pillars of Good Health by Dr. Weil

Keeping it simple and uncomplicated is the motto for 2015.

Dr.Weil explains his most five basic yet powerful pieces of health advice and believes as an integrative medicine doctor, that there is more than just the physical side of health, there is also the wisdom of the mind and spirit too. 

1. Eating Right    Learning the principles of good nutrition and applying those in your own life

2. Getting Regular Physical Activity 

3. Neutralizing Stress   Learning and practicing some method of neutralizing the harmful effects of stress.

4. Maintaining Social and Intellectual Connectivity    as you go through life.

5. Spiritual Well-Being    which is the non-physical dimension of our lives. 

 

Would love to hear some of your health tips for 2015. 

Share your thoughts below 

cindiesig

5 Tips to Help You Kick Sugar Addiction in a Week

Wellness Today by Lauren Caster

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Cutting out sugar cold-turkey is your best way to kick your sugar habit. It’s not difficult if you feed your body with balanced nutritious foods.

Did you know we have a sugar addiction problem? It’s not only in our desserts, it’s in our breads and most processed foods as well.

Cutting refined sugar out of your diet can be one of toughest things to do. Because its highly addictive cravings can come on very strong and are often hard to ignore.

However, eliminating sugar from your diet can be done.

Cut out sugar completely with these simple steps and you could be craving-free in a week.

Start your day – When you eat a lot of salt, your body naturally craves sugar to balance out the flavors. For example, if you add salt to a dish that’s  already salty, like eggs with cheese, chances are  you’ll be wishing you had a side of pancakes with syrup even though you’re not hungry anymore. If you’re trying to cut out sugar quickly, it’s best to avoid overly salty food for at least a week. Once you no longer crave sugar, you can gradually add saltier foods back into your diet.

Eat sweet vegetables – Sweet vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes are great replacements for refined sugar. If you’re really craving sugar, a beet salad or roasted, sweet root vegetables could be just what you need to get your fix.

Get more exercise – Working up a sweat helps take your mind off sugar. Exercise also helps balance out your body and brings it to a more alkaline state. By sweating out extra salt, your sugar craving is greatly reduced. Try to start your day off with a work out. If you do this, then you are more likely to make healthier choices when it comes to your food intake all day long.

Cut out processed food – Almost all processed foods are packed full of secret sugars that fuel your addiction. Just read the label of that cereal or yogurt in your kitchen! When you’re  trying to quit sugar, it’s best to go back to the basics and eat only fresh foods. To eliminate processed food, try shopping just the perimeter of the grocery store where you can pick up fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and grains that are 100% free of hidden sugars that can sabotage your diet.

Find a buddy – As with any health and wellness goal, achieving a sugar-free lifestyle is always much easier when you have a partner. Set up a daily text message exchange with this person so you can offer words of support and encouragement when one of you is feeling tempted by the doughnuts in the break room at work. You might even consider swapping healthy recipes or making time to go to the gym together.

 

What steps have you taken to cut sugar out of your diet fast?