Is It OK to Eat Sugar? The Sugar Debate Heats Up : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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bread fruit not sweet
Bread fruit isn’t sweet (it’s also the size of your head!), but does it matter — for your health — how sweet a fruit is?

Ah, here it is again…

Sugar.

Is it good or bad for you?

It seems like the debate heats up just about every 4-6 months on discussion boards around the Internet or at health events.

Inevitably, we get questions about whether it’s good for you or not.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t yes or no. It’s both… and neither… and a little bit of everything.

Let me explain… 

Let’s first toss out the studies.

I know all you analytical, engineer types will cringe at this suggestion, but it’s true.

We have to toss out many of the sugar studies — or at least temper them — to what we’re attempting to accomplish here.

My mission is to determine if eating whole foods that contain simple sugars (fruit) are bad for our health, not to find out if eating sugar powders in packaged foods is bad for you or not (The latter doesn’t need much study, which I’m sure you’ll agree.) Processed sugar like white sugar, high fructose corn syrup or any other highly manufactured sweet substance shouldn’t be eaten consciously. These are not foods and regular use will affect your health negatively.

So what we’re left with is the real source of natural sugar which is fruit, sugar syrups, and maybe honey.

But when it comes to sugar and science, there are very few studies that are looking to identify if whole sweet foods are causing us any health problems — and if there are (from what I’ve seen) they involve pasteurized and possibly sweetened fruit juices or extracted fruit sugar like pure fructose.

This is not a valid way — even though it’s through scientific means — to determine if fruit is bad for you to eat.

We all know reducing a fruit down to its parts doesn’t make it a fruit any more. It becomes something different — something concentrated.

Imagine breaking down and apple to its seeds and then extracting the cyanide contained in them. That’s a natural substance derived from apples, but would you eat it? No, of course not.

While a few apple seeds eaten whole won’t do you any harm, the concentrated compound from them can make you very sick, or even kill you — this is the same thing that is happening when we get into a forum that is discussing (passionately) about sugar.

We’ve ill informed about the relationship between our science about sugar and it’s application in the real world — or more specifically in our green smoothies.

So please note, my bias is towards not stressing out about eating fruit, unless your personal circumstances necessitate something outside of the norm.

Back to the smoothies…

Victoria Boutenko managed to gather about 40 people together a while back and asked them all to replace one meal with a green smoothie.

(This is a smoothie with fruit and greens, if you’re unfamiliar with what these are.)

So every morning, each participant made a smoothie at home and then didn’t change anything else in their diet — they basically traded out a meal for some fruit and greens.

The results were remarkable.

Each participant — who actually followed the program — lost weight, had more energy, cholesterol dropped, inflammation dropped, showed increased sex drive and slept better. (You can read more about these results in her book Green for Life.)

So it’s hard for any anti-sugar pundit to argue that adding more sugar into their diets was negative. (At least in the short-term.)

What’s interesting to me is that inflammation deceased which could be a marker for diseases like cancer.

But, Really, Let’s Go Back to Our Roots…

Our ancestors ate fruit, so we probably should incorporate it into our diets too, right?

Yes and no…

In a book called, Deadly Harvest, by Geoff Bond, he writes about a group of African tribal people who ate plenty of melon, but not like the sweet cantaloupes and honeydews we know about. Their melon was bitter, but water rich. The amount of sugar was significantly lower than our modern fruits.

His message was that we can’t just look at the type of fruit, we need to look at the type plus its modern evolution.

Our fruits now are definitely sweeter than they’ve ever been. They’ve been hybridized aggressively in the market for better taste and longer shelf life.

Nature hybridizes as well, but not like industry. The appearance or taste of a banana could change gradually over 500-1000 years, but with aggressive hybridizing techniques, you could literally reinvent the banana in decades. (With GMO technology, it could be just a few years.)

What has also changed — maybe greater than we choose to recognize — is our gene expression.

Those of European descent have had many years more of processed eating than those of Asian, African, or Latino roots.

If it’s true that horses can be bred to exhibit certain traits by feeding them certain foods, then it’s true for humans as well.

Have our adaptations to certain diets now become a part of our nutritional makeup?

Do Mediterranean eaters need more omega 3 oils because they naturally got these nutrients from fish?

Do traditional Masai need more meat because their bodies have adapted to needing the nutrient profile of animal foods?

It would make sense to think that the body — over generations — would adapt to the food it eats to make the most efficient use of it. There would be little need to convert essential fatty acids if there are enough in the diet.

Also, I haven’t seen any comprehensive study on the organ sizes of native people vs. the modern American or European, but I can imagine that the pancreas is quite larger due to the need to over product insulin to maintain a healthy blood sugar.

Maybe in 2 to 3 to 5 generations, that larger organ size just becomes the “factory specific component” or, simply put, how we’re born.

I guess this idea of adaptation is similar to how a muscle grows if it gets more use.

Finally, what about diabetics?

It’s been shown that you can reduce blood insulin levels and get type-2 diabetics off of their medication.

One of the diets that works is the work of Dr. Gabriel Cousens. He recommends a no-sugar approach — and it works.

But, let’s look at the other side, can type-2 diabetics get off their insulin while still eating sugar?

It’s very difficult (if not impossible) with processed sugar or complex carbohydrates.

But with fruits, you can see a drop — though not as pronounced — in regular blood sugar if fruit is included in the diet.

In fact, a few diabetics have attempted our Raw Food Challenge Program (a high fruit based program) and have found that their blood glucose levels do in fact drop during the program. (Of course, under the supervision of a health care practitioner.)

I’ve also spoken with Frederic Patenaude who managed to measure his blood glucose under two very specific eating styles. First, high fruit / low fat and, second, high fruit / moderate fat.

When he ate high fruit, low fat, his insulin levels stayed rather normal. When he added fat and fruit into the equation, his numbers skyrocketed.

Elevated blood sugar for an extended period of time is never healthy, so it appears the mixture of fat and fruit may not be the best.

We know it’s not great for digestion, but this is evidence that it further complicates our body’s delicate balance.

It also means that dessert is generally a bad idea, since any dessert that is worth while is sweet and fatty. (LOL!)

Anyway, to wrap this up, I probably brought up more questions than answers.

So here are some solid sugar pointers you can take with you…

1. Eat fruit based on how your body reacts to it.
2. Don’t patently take the science of sugar and apply it to real fruit.
3. Fruit from the store isn’t the same as it used to be so look for heirloom, local fruits.
4. Be careful about dessert — even if it’s raw and someone told you it’s healthy.

Your question of the day: Sugar? Good? Bad?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. You bring up some valid points Kevin. I have seen many friends, family, and clients avoid fruit sugar because of the myths that surround it. I find fruit the perfect sweet treat to snack on. I also like bullet #4 which about dessert even if its raw. We must absorb everything that is out there, but at the same time filter it all to work with our individual needs.

    The Gonzolution

  2. B Mali says:

    The late Dr. Gerald Benish (Natural Hygienist) was our family Doctor in the late 1960’s. If I recall correctly, he told our family to only eat small amounts of ‘concentrated sweets’. I take that to mean don’t even overdo it on dried dates or figs. That has been my guiding compass over the years. Also Dr Goldhammer (True North) stressed the use of lettuce and celery along with sweet fruits.

  3. Velda says:

    Well, I think any processed sugar is bad. If you over do sugar of any kind, it seems like it could be bad as well. So moderation – if your body can handle sugar. Another thing, Kevin, which you already know, adding a lot of fruit to your diet may indeed help prevent certain diseases (like perhaps cancer), but that is not the same thing as actually treating disease. So, different protocols may need to be implimented for different situations. I think humans like sugar, we just need to get it in healthy forms.

    Great article with still many questions. Guess it is up to each individual to see how their body reacts to the intake of sugar, or sugarary substances. Thank you, Kevin!!

  4. Skai says:

    Fruit wins! Sugar fails! This is easy!

  5. Laura says:

    Hi, Kev.
    Just a word regarding your photo caption: Ripe breadfruit is sweet. I’ve never known anyone who eats it that way, but sweet it is. The popular (and delicious) breadfruit that is a staple food in the Pacific Islands is picked when only half-ripe (just beginning to show beads of sap on the skin, scraped, and baked. Yum.

  6. Tonja says:

    I once read that there is some evidence that some fruits, mostly berries, may have a beneficial effect on cancer, because the fruit sugar essentially acts as a “trojan horse” for getting the cancer-fighting substances in the fruit into the cancer cell. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this information again to re-evaluate the strength of the argument and any evidence presented. Just wanted to put the thought out there in case anyone is familiar with any work examining this.

  7. Devi says:

    First, you have to look at the individual, but I believe processed sugar is bad for everyone, the more, the worst it is. Fruit eaten at the right time (it digests faster) and in moderation with good food, which would be good fat (because we have the different kinds-good and not so good fats) along with a balanced diet should be beneficial.

    Although I am not speaking from experience, just from reasoning.

  8. Vivian says:

    I don’t do ANY processed foods, or sugars. I do consume blueberries, strawberries and an occasional apple. Diabetes runs in my family and I gain weight with other fruits and feel awful. I only eat my fruits in the morning, also, when I can work them off. I can’t do high sugar fruits like bananas, or dates, etc. The affinity that cancer cells have for sugar, makes me think that any benefit reaped from fruits during cancer treatments may be due to the vitamins and minerals that overcome the detrimental effect of the sugar.

  9. Lester says:

    The question is so like the argument between short sprints, middle distance, and marathons. All have value in keeping you healthy, but the sprints in high intensity interval training is gaining more believers. Sweet whole fruit, honey, bee pollen, etc. is like a sprint and you only need a little bit everyday for positive healthy effects.

    Sweet dishes like sprouted whole grain bread, fruit smoothies, energy bars, etc. are middle distance, like a couple miles at a brisk pace, and you can do this a few times a week.

    And marathons at a gentle pace, if you want to stretch your limits maybe once or twice a year, I find that similar to eating traditional ethnic desserts (during the one major holiday of the year) like cakes, candies, ice cream, and/or a little more alcohol than usual, etc. in order to give thanks and remembrance to your recent ancestors. If you’re healthy, the high sugar/alcohol won’t break you down while celebrating one day. A good reason to stay healthy, so you can celebrate with gusto during rich spiritual social gatherings!

  10. Rob says:

    For what it’s worth, Cambodians who have not grown up Westernized eat many fruits before we would consider them to be ripe. That’s something often overlooked by natural food advocates who assume that hunter-gatherers sat around waiting for bananas to ripen. If they had, the monkeys would have taken them all anyway.

    As for meat, one of the speakers in your cancer summit pointed out that some cultures assimilate meat better than others and that there wasn’t just one diet for everyone. Think about Eskimos and Tibetans, for example.

  11. Heike says:

    What toughts do you have on the sweetness levels of fresh medjool dates?

  12. Danny says:

    An interesting research on dates, by Prof. Aviram (of the Technion in Israel) claims that consuming 100 grams of dates a day did not raise blood sugar, and actually decreased levels of triglycerides, at least for healthy people.
    http://www.nutraceuticalmag.com/NBT/news/oct09/dates_protects_against_arterial_clogging.htm

  13. Oleander says:

    (from UK)-I love fresh dates! Having lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Bahrein (old spelling!) We had date trees in our garden. I ate a bucketful in a week and did not put on any weight! (5′ 2″ and weighed 6 stne 6 lbs)
    There were also some dates from Quasim (Saudi Arabia) which crytalised on the date palm tree. Amazingly wonderful to eat.

    My other hugely favourite fruits are medlars / mulberries (Lybya) and any form of cherries.

    Other sweet things I crave are acia honey and black strap mollasses.
    Thing is, dates were probably always available to mankind, and honey,- so no wonder we sometimes crave extreme sweetness, when nothing else will do.

    I too break all the rules at Christmas, though still donot eat meat/fish!

  14. pe says:

    The Patenaude trial no doubt led to reliance on more fruit, but since moderate fat intake is needed to absorb fat-soluble vitamins ADEK and the various carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, lycopene, ßcryptoxanthin etc, that suggests too-high fruit isn’t best.
    Breadfruit is eaten half-ripe #3Laura [baked] and Cambodians eat their fruit under-ripe #7Rob; both suggest overdoing ripe fruit can be a problem, agreeing with the Patenaude result reinterpreted.
    How much is too much? Or is ripe fruit a problem only when consistently overdone? More data from the Patenaude trial might help.
    Meanwhile, #6Lester’s approach seems sensible.

  15. Ananda Borden says:

    As a counter-point check the work of Ray Peat.
    http://raypeat.com/articles/
    Thanks Kevin for providing this forum.

  16. Ange says:

    Your last statement warns against dessert even if it’s raw. What is an example of raw dessert that is too sweet and fatty?

  17. As with everything else moderation is the key word. But most things processed should though be eliminated. So I guess, not everything in moderation 😉

    Yes incoherent answer indeed.

  18. Pat says:

    I don’t know where to post this: Last night I watched Bill Gates being interviewed regarding his teaming up with Monsanto to develop a GMO rice for ending hunger. First of all, the word Monsanto bothered me and then when I heard GMO, my heart dropped to my knee caps.
    Do you know about this?
    Am I missing a step here? Or is there anything about this that is good?
    I almost feel desperate in hoping that someone can answer me that there is something good about this.
    If this is true, you need to get your food posse together and talk to this man.
    Did Mr. Gates miss the ‘King Corn’ movie? A Michael Pollan book, perhaps?
    Can you address this please?
    thanks so much!

  19. John says:

    Thanks for the questions and summary. A bit short on answers as you said but a very useful discussion. I think to sum up, common sense prevails. Thanks again Kev.

  20. rachel says:

    So when you say that fats and sugars do not go well together, does that include avacados? I am thinking of adding some to my sommthies, but not if it will be hard to digest!

  21. CharlesRenegadeHealth says:

    I am 57 years old and have done alot of the diets, etc. I have found that the Ketogenic Diet (the no-carbs form of Atkin’s Diet) maintains health into old age. This works regardless of ethnicity or blood types.

    The long-lived (100 years or better) peoples around the world all eat a Ketogenic diet, coupled with regular exercise and a good social network.

    As a counter-example we can examine the Ancient Egyptians. They were a wealthy society with tons of absolutely fresh fruit, veg and grain. Grain was the mainstay. Their workers were paid in beer made from grain, which the Egyptians called KASH. In return, they got cancer, diabetes, tooth & skeletal demineralisation, autoimmune diseases etc. Sound familiar? They wrote about it and mummies they left behind prove it.

    Take a hint! All modern humans are a physical and mental snapshot of our last evolution in the last great ice age. There was nothing to eat but low-fibre plants UNDER the snow and small-to-large animals ABOVE the snow. Our final physical evolution as a species was based on the Ketogenic Diet. Fruit, grain and dairy are extremely recent on the scene, and they are very suspect.

  22. SarahB says:

    Funny, I thought I posted this response yesterday but it is not here. I feel that there is a world of difference between the sugar that is in real food and the sugar that one would find in a sugar bowl (whatever kind that would be). Fruits and vegetables have hundreds of phyonutrients in them, many of which quel inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of many of today’s modern diseases. So if you are eating food that helps to eliminate inflammation, then it is going to be healthful. Regarding the stuff in the sugar bowl: there are some studies that suggest that insulin levels can be raised in some sensitive people just from the sweet taste alone. Therefore,for these people, even sugars like stevia might be enough to set them off.

  23. You Say..
    “But when it comes to sugar and science, there are very few studies that are looking to identify “if whole sweet foods are causing us any health problems — and if there are (from what I’ve seen) they involve pasteurized and possibly sweetened fruit juices or extracted fruit sugar like pure fructose.”

    The FODMAP study and diet does identify fruits – and vegetables high in fructose and fructans in their whole state. It has proven very successful for symptoms of IBS and gout.

    I see many people here talking about how processed sugar is ‘bad’ compared to ‘natural’ sugar. The assumption is, I assume, that processed sugar is lacking something or has something added.

    Sugar is sugar is sugar. It’s all sucrose. But the elephant in the room, the so-called ‘natural’ sugar, fructose is proving as problematic as straight table sugar.

    It’s all acidic, it’s all a problem for tired insulin receptors, and it’ all converts to fat.

  24. Chris says:

    Thank God for stevia…lol

    Ange, there are some healthy low-sugar desserts in the Body Ecology diet book and website. I don’t think they’re raw though..

  25. Patee Ramsey says:

    I love Lester’s analogy using short sprints, middle distance, and marathons. It seems “right on” to me.

  26. Amy says:

    Frederic had the same experience I did…. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last summer..I did not take this news too well, but I refused to go on medication because I felt that going on medication would give me the excuse to go ahead and eat the way I have always eaten. My doctor was livid when I told her that I had chosen to try diet alone to ‘cure’ my diabetes…so I had to endure a 15 minute lecture about what would happen without medication and that it was IMPOSSIBLE to cure diabetes, or even put it in check without meds. I told her that I had already been watching what I was eating and that I thought I had done pretty good so far. My previous A1C was 7.2..it had been 3 months since that blood work and after this seemingly never ending lecture, the CNA came in to reveal my current A1C level was 6.5..this had been without 1 pill..needless to say she was quite confused..and she told me that she would forget about the meds for now but next time we were going to have to talk about it. I plan on proving to her that this is possible and serving her the biggest bowl of crow ever (any sugar in crow?)..Anyway, I just had to brag on myself a bit there, because I am so proud I did it without medication. I can eat the BIGGEST bowl of fruit ever…numerous mangoes, half of a big melon, cups of grapes..even a bowl full of oranges..and my sugar stays within check and comes right down normally…but if I add fat to the fruit, in any way, shape, or form…it climbs A LOT higher and takes a while to come down. I have even eaten several teaspoons of raw honey just to test it as well, and I had the same result as with the fruit..it was fine as long as I didn’t add fat to it. I had been pre-diabetic for a couple of years before I was diagnosed with full blown diabetes, so that may factor in there somehow. I know a few people that say that fruit sky rockets their sugar but I don’t know if they are consuming fat with it or not..I personally think that is the deciding factor..most of the people I know that have diabetes anyway are people that think healthy fruit servings are a few grapes as a snack after a dinner of pizza or pasta, so you will not get the right result that way anyway!! So sorry for the long post…

  27. Faye says:

    Amy, thank you for sharing! Good for you!
    I learned from your post…and will try the not adding fat to my smoothies.
    I was told a young child that I was borderline diabetic or should watch my diet due to the glucose tests done at that time. I’ve always watched my sugar intake and try not to eat any, but sometimes notice that my blood sugar spiked…now I am inclined to think that it may be the fat (usually avocado or coconut oil) that I add to my smoothies.
    Once again, good for you!

  28. zyxomma says:

    I guess yesterday’s comment disappeared into the ether when the server blew.

    One small correction: Dr. Otto Warburg proved that cancer cells feed on the FERMENTATION of glucose.

    Health and peace.

  29. Em says:

    Amy. thank you for your detailed reply! It needed to be long… my sympathies for you re your raging ‘doctor’ – I cheered when I read of your steely resolve in dealing with her 🙂

    Yes, yes, yes – eating lots of fruit but keeping fat to an absolute minimum (and NEVER eating it together with fruit – ie at the same meal – save any fats for the evening meal) is the key!! Read 80/10/10 (Douglas Graham) or any of Frederic Patenaude’s books.

    To the people fearful of overloading on fruit, I can only say try the high-fruit-but-very-low-fat way of eating for yourself for a couple of weeks and decide whether all the benefits you experience are worth making the switch. Having (too much) fat in your diet when you include fruits (or any other sugars) is to be avoided at all costs – it can wreak havoc with your system! It’s the fat that’s the problem…

    To #6 Lester, you say that if we are healthy, the candies, cakes, more alcohol than usual that we eat on a special day of celebration won’t affect us – that the ‘high sugar/alcohol won’t break you down’. I think that when we are not fully in tune with our bodies and we are of ‘moderate’ health or still quite young adults, this may certainly be the case – but once we become more in tune with our systems and once we obtain ‘optimal’ levels of health, a small deviation – like a single piece of raw dark chocolate (see Kevin’s experience), or going over the fat ‘allowance’, or having salt in a dish, makes itself known in no uncertain terms… though of course, once so healthy, we do now have a stronger constitution (hopefully) to be able to deal with these now strange ‘toxins’.

    I totally agree with you when you talk about our attitude towards life and celebrating special days. Celebrating ‘with gusto’ and ‘giving thanks and remembrance’ as you say, really help us in keeping healthy in mind and body! 🙂

  30. Em says:

    To #16 Rachel

    ALL fat and fruit combinations are to be avoided (unless you’re using citrus fruits such as oranges, or unless the amount of fat being combined in the same ‘meal’ as fruit is very, very small – still, it’s just better to avoid the combination completely) – that includes avocado…

  31. Em says:

    To #13 Ange

    Virtually all cakes & desserts, both raw and not, are guilty of combining too much fat with sugar/fruit. In fact, raw desserts are often more at risk of being extremely high in fats than even normal cooked (vegan or otherwise) desserts. This is because they rely so much on nuts & seeds, (and avocados) for often multiple elements in the dish.

  32. LynnCS says:

    Looks like I’ll be lightening up on my almonds and avacado.

  33. Dyana says:

    I would like to see an article on fruits and the rebuilding of the endocrine system (ie. the adrenals and tyroid particularly)

    As far as fruits and cancer, Dr. Robert Morse N.D who runs a clinic in Florida puts all of his cancer patients on fruit with amazing results. He gets to worst of the worst and save many lives.

    Fruit and blood sugar…I deal with insulin resistance (borderline diabetic) along with a lifetime of fatigue and brain fog. When I began to incorporate fruit into my diet my life began to turn around dramatically. I still battle with adrenal issues and tyroid, but my blood sugar is good and I eat a lot of fruit…fruit meals are amazing and so tasty!

  34. QC says:

    Hi Kevin,

    My husband is a type 1 diabetic and he’s on a high fruit low fat diet. His insulin injection requirement dropped by half and he eats almost double calories of what he used to eat. It’s unbelievable how fruits are different than other kinds of sugar.

    Quinny

  35. SAMMY says:

    Humans have an addiction to sweets made worse by industrialized formulas of corn syrups and processed sugars.
    It only make sense when the universe has given us such beautiful wonderful treats in nature that natural goodness in fruits and veggies are meant to be eaten … visas the killing and slaughtering of animals and eating flesh …
    With all things moderation,balance and good clean water is key .
    Our bodies are miracles , in themselves. They can heal and adjust to our needs . We makes ourselves sick letting society spray our foods with poisons and not taking care of the soils. …. and over eating …

  36. naomi says:

    well its night time and i shouldn’t be eating at all…was just checking email whilst appreciating a huge serve of (raw!) coconut banana icecream 🙁 will enjoy extra greens tomorrow to compensate (does that count?)

  37. Victoria says:

    regarding #17

    What is a BAD raw food desert? Let me tell ya, I know of at least one.

    My favorite desert, and you can only eat a couple tablespoons full before becoming satiated, has almonds and walnuts and dates and honey and organic raw cocao. High sugar, high fat, yummy. Only good for birthdays once a year. Who gets “the cake” this year?

  38. Annette says:

    Well, did I read correct? European descent has a higher dose of sugar laden foods. I agree that to be so. Anyone that I know, including myself, has had a diet of sugar laden foods. It’s difficult to get away from and is a real journey for myself. In the process, I do not eat as much processed sugar and what I have noticed is that when returning to it, it is really sweet! Learning not to eat fat with fruit is something that how many tend to do; especially in the western world. Fruit did seems to have to be a part. Eating fruit alone is a real joy, once I get used to it. Adam & Eve could eat from any tree they wished when creation began. Is it any different for us?
    Thank you Amy for your words of wisdom to your doctor. We need more people to disagree in a beneficial way. I encourage you to continue to improve your diet and change the words of skepticism.
    Kevin, thank you for allowing us to post. It’s good to learn from each other.

  39. Annette says:

    I meant to say “fruit dip”. Sorry about that.

  40. Lena says:

    Thanks for your article!

    Have you seen this article on fructose?
    http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/2/1/5
    It really scared me to death 🙁
    Fructose (not other sugars) is being labeled as one of the worst enemies.

    Here(http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/13/richard-johnson-interview.aspx) I’ve found a reccomendation to “keep TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day”. That would be 4 bananas or 3 apples a day. Not that much.

    What’s your opinion on this information?

  41. AmandaSwan says:

    I’m really confused now. I’ve read articles saying that fat prevents the sugar from rushing into the blood stream, thereby stabilising blood sugar levels when sweet foods are eaten.. …
    I think this may come down to body type. One body type needs the fats to slow down sugar digestion and another type does NOT need the fat or a negative chain of events occurs.

  42. Deane Alban says:

    As a botany geek, this debate about whether fruit is healthy drives me crazy because almost everyone is misidentifying fruit. By the botanical definition, many of the vegetables we eat are fruits — tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, avocado, olives, eggplant, and peppers come to mind. How can we have a logical discussion about whether fruit is healthy when most people dont’ know a fruit from a vegetable!

  43. Trev says:

    Awesome article. Personally, I am most concerned with how sugar affects my mood, energy, anxiety etc. And it’s when I add processed sugar ,not including hybridized fruit, that I see an increase in anxiety.

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