I hear this often, especially in low-carb circles: sugar is sugar is sugar. Meaning all sugars are the same. This is a great misunderstanding. “Anyone who tells you sugar is sugar is way behind the times” says well respected Doctor Joseph Mercola.
He goes on to say, “The problem with this viewpoint is that added sweeteners and fruit have completely different metabolic effects. It isn’t the fructose that is so bad. It’s the massive doses you’re exposed to in processed foods in the form of Crystalline Fructose, used by the food and beverage industry. This man-made product has no ability to signal to the body that you’re full.” Hence it’s easy to binge on and is attributed to all kinds of modern diseases.
Fiber is Nature’s ingenious component that signals to the body that you’re satiated. Raw Fruits in their whole form (not juiced) are full of fiber. Dr. Mercola says “In vegetables and fruits natural fructose is mixed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and beneficial phytonutrients”.
Dr. Mercola also says that “sugar is sugar” is not based on any scientific fact. It’s fad info. People in SouthEast Asia, where there is no problem with diabetes, heart disease or cancer, have consumed plenty of fruits for thousands of years. Fruit cools the body and satisfies the natural sweet tooth.
This is good news because some of my favorite fruits are harvested in the fall, such as apples and grapes. Also favorites are squash and pumpkins, fall fruits commonly mistaken for vegetables!
Tip: Most of you know I had cancer and healed myself with natural nutrition. During that time I kept my fruit intake very low. Even today, I make it only 5-15% of my daily diet.
This is one of my favorite fruit blender drinks when I was healing from cancer. It’s all organic and fiber filled:
APPLE-SPINACH GREEN POWER HOUSE DRINK
½ bunch spinach
2 apples peeled and de-seeded
¼ whole lime
one cup filtered water
Blend all the ingredients together in a high powered blender. Add more water if it is too thick. Store in a mason jar in fridge and drink the same day why all the nutrients are at their best. Cheers!
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