We live in a world of sugar phobia where many people are afraid of sugar and fruit. So let’s dissolve the 7 popular myths about sugar!
In this video I bust the top 7 myths about sugar and fruit.
7 Myths About Sugar, Fruit And Fructose …. Debunked
Myth 1: Sugar is sugar and it’s bad for you … period!
One of the common myths about sugar is that just because it’s “sugar”, it’s automatically bad for you.
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about processed corn syrup, white sugar or whole food sugar found in whole fruits. Sugar is bad!
Well, there is a big difference between eating refined sugar that you’ll find in soda drinks, candy bars and processed syrups, and those from a whole fruit.
A meal of fruit provides you with a complete nutrient package.
It comes with its vitamins, minerals, fiber, natural sugars and phytonutrients, including antioxidants and all these work synergistically to help your body maintain optimal health.
Compare this to junk calories of basically just refined sugar with no fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and you are setting yourself up for ill health and disease.
So the bottom line is the sugar from whole fruits is good – it’s healthy and science now proves that the more fruit you eat in your diet, the better it is for your health.
One study even noted how people who were given a 20 servings of fruit a day diet for several weeks achieved an amazing 38 point drop in their LDL cholesterol levels and also known as bad cholesterol. (1)
Myth 2: Fruit causes weight gain.
Another big myth is that fruit can cause you to gain weight and should be restricted or avoided because of this.
So what’s the truth?
Well, fruits when compared to many standard western foods, are lower in calories per bite and they are full of fiber.
1 banana equals about 90 calories.
1 slice of pizza can equal about 272 calories.
A big difference!
A study from the Harvard University showed that fruits may in fact be able to help you control your weight through them containing certain nutrients such as anthocyanins, flavonoid polymers, and flavonols. (2)
So fruit should be called a great weight loss food and super healthy for you at the same time!
Myth 3: Diabetics should avoid fruit.
Again the sugar in fruit is seen as the problem and something to avoid, but if we actually look at the root of the problem, then it is dietary fat and NOT sugar and fruit that is the problem.
Too much fat can actually cause the fat to interfere with the uptake of blood sugar into the body’s cells. Here’s the article and video where I explain this in much more detail.
Follow the link here to another video I did on this very topic!
So if you lower your fat intake to a healthy level (eat lots of healthy whole food carbs), exercise regularly, avoid animal foods and reduce your body fat to a healthy level, then these factors can help you reverse type 2 diabetes and even help improve type 1 diabetes.
We have clients who have reversed their blood sugar issues, including type 2 diabetes, by following these lifestyle factors so it really does work.
Myth 4: Fruit fuels cancer.
The thinking with this goes: “Because sugar and fruit, or specifically glucose, fuels your cells, it also fuels cancer cells, so you need to avoid it”.
Well, in truth, fruit helps your body to maintain optimal health and there is actually no scientific evidence available anywhere that shows that fruit fuels cancer.
In fact, an online Harvard Medical School article entitled “The 10 Commandments Of Cancer Prevention” states that you have to eat healthy and you’re advised to increase your consumption of fruits. (3)
So the best of science recognises the great importance of having plenty of fruit in your diet for optimal health.
Now, you may think: “That’s all well and good, but what about those people who already have cancer?”
Well there was a study carried out that looked at how certain fruits affected cancer cells.
It was discovered that many fruits actually have a positive effect on reducing the proliferation of cancer cells. (4)
Myth 5: Fruit should only be eaten as a snack.
Traditionally, in the west, we have been brought up to think of fruit as just a snack food and you eat a banana a day or an apple after a big heavy meal.
The truth is, you can actually make a meal out of fruit very easily and find it both filling and satiating, so you can keep yourself going for a good few hours until your next meal.
Myth 6: Fruit causes or fuels Candida.
My wife Yulia suffered a lot with Candida in the past and was actually on an anti-candida diet for 2 years.
She struggled with the anti-Candida diet a lot and ended up harming her health.
When she switched to a high fruit diet, she was able to balance her Candida symptoms in just 3 days, thanks to eating lots of sugary fruit, as well as green leafy veggies.
The truth is that excess fat and unbalanced diets cause Candida overgrowth and fruit can actually help you heal it.
Myth 7: Modern fruit is hybridized and contains too much sugar/fructose, so it’s unsafe to eat.
This is a popular myth that has been banded around by many people, yet what is the actual truth?
Well, a very interesting paper was published in 2011 which in it details the breakdown of the sugars (including fructose) in 19 wild fruits from Southeast Asia. (5)
Interestingly, the sugar content in the wild fruit was basically the same as the cultivated modern fruits.
What’s more, the fructose content in the wild fruit was also basically the same as in modern fruit.
So don’t be afraid of modern fruit and think of it as having too much sugar or being too hybridized! This is simply untrue!
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