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Fruit: friend or foe?

After last week’s post I got a lot of questions about fruit, sugar and the whole fructose content.

Should you avoid fruits to lower your sugar consumption? It all depends, if I am working with clients that want to see results (not only in their waist but also on their energy levels and moods) I come up with a plan that eliminates fruits, and then re-incorporates them in a way that works for them and their metabolism. For other clients, cutting down on processed sugars is all they need to see a difference in their bodies and minds.

I personally love fruits, I think that when consumed right they are a perfect food. Read closely, when consumed right is the key here.

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Fruits are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, anti-carcinogenics and the list could go on for a while. Some fruits are even considered super foods, like goji-berries, cacao and aloe (to name a few); they pack so much nutritional power that they exceed what other fruits provide. So yes, I love fruits. Especially for kids, teens and elders. People who suffer from candidiasis, diabetes and other specific conditions should pay close attention to the amounts and types of fruits they consume.

Fruits have cleansing properties too, when you eat them on an empty stomach (the only way fruit should be eaten) they are digested in less than 30min moving through the intestines and taking a lot of toxins and waste with them.

So go ahead have a piece of fruit on an empty stomach. The best thing is to have them upon rising, or after 3 hours of eating any other food. Want to learn more on how to incorporate fruit into your diet and without letting it become a “sugar hazard” e-mail me, I can help you come up with a plan that will work wonders for you.

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Sugar should be called Fat

Sugar. So sweet, can make anything taste batter. We crave it, I crave it. It is in almost everything we eat. It hides anywhere from fruit juices, to sauces and even in processed meats.

In the 80’s the craze was eating Fat-free. The fat was taken out of almost everything and sugar was added for flavor and texture. We were left with processed foods that had not fat, no flavor and really high levels of sugar.

So I wonder, if there is no fat in a lot of our food, if people eat low fat diets; Why is there an obesity epidemic in our country, which is leaking into the rest of the world? Why?

The answer is simple… yet we don’t seem to grasp it.

What is making us fat?

Sugar

In all its forms: refined sugars, fructose, sucrose, lactose, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, fruit juices and high-fructose corn syrup. And agave, which lately has been praised for its low-glycemic index, but is almost 85% fructose. Not only that agave is also highly processed.

The problem with highly-processed sugars, is not only their high fructose content, but also that they are so far from how they are found in nature that the body doesn’t recognize them, and doesn’t know what to do with them.

What is fructose? I know I keep mentioning fructose, isn’t fructose found in fruit? Why is it bad then? Well fructose is found in fruits, in some fruits there can even be more fructose that what you should be having. The difference between the eating a piece of fruit, with lets say 10grms of sugar and a piece of candy with the same amount is this: the benefits of eating a piece of fruit (all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, water content) surpass the disadvantages of the high fructose content. Also all the fiber in the fruit slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.

When you eat a piece of candy (or any processed cake, pastry, cookie, chocolate) there is nothing more than sugar. That’s it; there are no vitamins, no minerals, no enzymes, and the sugar content rushes into your bloodstream. Our bodies don’t use fructose immediately. It is converted into FATTY ACIDS and stored as fat (in the other hand glucose is used by every cell in our body, so it is never stored).

As I said it before sugar is making us fat. Plain and simple.

I know it can be hard to say Good-bye to sugar for good. Instead of going cold turkey (which I recommend to many of my clients, and after the first 3 days they gain control of their sugar addiction) try cutting down on all your processed sugars and only consume natural sugars like fruits, dates, honey and maple syrup. This will not only cut your sugar consumption, but add some great nutritional value to your meals.

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Guava to the rescue

To many of us Guava is new, you might even been asking Guava-What? If you have been anywhere South of the border  most likely you have heard of it. Guava or guayaba has been used in desserts in Mexico and South America for ages, you can find it in jellies, preserves, candy and even ice-creams. But have you ever tried it just from the tree, ripe, un-processed and fresh. Well my friend you are in for a treat.

guava Guava is deliciously-sweet and aromatic (wait until your place fresh guavas in your kitchen counter waiting for it to ripen, your whole house will be invaded with it’s fragant smell). But hold on Guava is not only about taste and smell, this sweet little fruit is a actually a super-fruit.

New research demonstrates that Guava deserves a place among the antioxidant elite, beating strawberries, spinach and broccoli. But the most important reason to consume Guava is Lycopene.

Guava has the highest concentration of carotenoid Lycopene than any other fruit and vegetable. Why should you care? Lycopene my friend has been found to provide massive amounts of protection against free-radicals. Not only that research also suggests Lycopene has been found to prevent prostate and breast cancer.

One cup of Guava fruit gives you 63% more potassium than a banana! People who eat potassium-rich diet have lower chances of developing heart disease, stroke, high-blood pressure.

Guava is also high in fiber (9 g/1 cup) and Vitamin C and folate, which boost the immune system. Which is a great plus this time of the year. Add some Guava to your smoothies, and homemade raw ice-creams or raw desserts. Remember the less processed you consume the fruit the more benefits you will get.

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Say HELLO to an old friend

     I remember when I was little having freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast. It was delish, (not properly combine I know, fruits juice, cereal, milk, toast, eggs… but it was good). Time went by and the homemade version was replaced with a store-bought one.

    For years we drank that orange juice, in hope of getting some vitamins and nutrients in the morning. Hoping that the pasteurized version would bring all the benefits the home-made had, we drank it after working out, when feeling we were coming down with a bug…. but how wrong we were.

     Even though manufacturers claim that the store-bought version of your favorite OJ has all the benefits of the fresh one, I can tell you they are lying. Once a juice (or any food for that matter) has been heated over 120F it starts to lose its nutritional power. So basically when you drink a store-bought juice you are not even getting half of the goodness.

     After learning that, and realizing how much sugar a glass or the fake OJ had I stop drinking it at all.

    But yesterday I came across this great info-graphic and I remember my oh-so forgotten friend the Orange, and how much goodness is packed into that little orange ball.

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Consuming an orange daily will

  • alkalinize your body, even though oranges are acid to taste once in the body all the nutrients bring balance to the PH chaos inside.
  • help with constipation, they are filled with fiber
  • your immune system gets a BIG boost all the vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and this improves it.
  • hesperidin, one of the most important flavanoids in oranges are known to lower LDL cholesterol
  • anti-flamatory properties help relieve from arthritis and stiffness in the muscles
  • filled with folate  and folic acid which are great for brain development (specially in kids)
  • antioxidants in oranges help protect your skin from free radicals

and most importantly they taste GREAT

So from now on keep oranges on your must have list, and remember you can get this benefits from freshly squeezed juice or the whole fruit. Peeled oranges are a great snack, I love them cut with some Himalayan pink salt sprinkled on them, or some cayenne pepper.

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