I am a Diabetic, type 2 to be exact. I would like to think that most of you out there would view the American Diabetic Association as a reliable source as advice for a Diabetic. The American Diabetic Association as well as my personal doctor recommends that 1 serving of carbs which fruit is a carb is 15 grams. That your daily intake should be 45 to 60 grams a day. Check out this link for some sample ideas.
I did not see 30 bananas a day, a whole watermelon, or even a whole cantaloupe which is pretty low on the glycemic index. I am being proactive for my diabetes and proactive to my fellow Sparkers in blogging about the 80/10/10 Diet in a previous blog. Let’s just say I am on certain people’s “list” because they feel I am misleading my fellow Sparkers in regards to the 80/10/10.
The Mayo Clinic, pretty impressive source I think says the same thing about fruit servings. In fact they said ½ medium banana is considered one serving. Still no thirty bananas.
Why am I fixated on 30 bananas? There is actually a website out there that promotes this crazy way of eating in MY opinion. You aren't even allowed to join their website if and I quote "Please note: We will not tolerate "anti-fruit" posts or advice that recommends calorie restriction/or the suggestion that others are "overeating on fruit". Shouldn't that be your 1st warning of danger?
If ate excess servings of fruit I would lapse into a Diabetic Coma. A diabetic coma is a life-threatening diabetes complication that causes unconsciousness. If you have diabetes, dangerously high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia, either of which) can lead to a diabetic coma.
Of course I am going to blog so this important message gets out there. Fruit is not your best friend if you are a Diabetic. A friend perhaps because normal servings or consumption is perfectly healthy it is when one gets obsessive in that consumption where the problems lie.
“People with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes need to be aware that fruit is a carbohydrate that should be consumed as part of meal plan, says the American Diabetes Association. The natural sugars in fruit break down into glucose when digested, and like pasta, desserts and other carbohydrate-rich foods, raise blood glucose levels after eaten. Unmoderated fruit intake can result in hyperglycemia or high blood glucose levels if eaten to excess. If you have Type 2 diabetes, consult with a certified diabetes educator for personalized guidelines on daily fruit intake.”
“Some fruitarians take a more balanced approach and eat lots of less sweet, seed-bearing fruits like tomatoes and zucchini. They also eat plenty of greens like romaine lettuce.
Regardless of which approach is taken, I have not met a single strict fruitarian of more than two years who didn't have significant health challenges. The most common challenges are dental decay, osteoporosis, wasting of muscle tissue, inability to maintain a healthy weight, chronic fatigue, skin problems, thinning hair, weakening nails, and excessive irritability.
Some of these problems are the result of nutritional deficiencies. The most common deficiencies that I know of in this population are vitamins B12, A*, D, zinc, and certain essential fatty acids.”
“A recently-published study in which the relationship between the consumption of green vegetables, whole fruit and fruit juice and risk of diabetes was assessed in more than 73,000 women over a period of 18 years.”
Now if you have been following my blogs as many of you do know that I am following a Raw Food Diet. I am doing so to get my Diabetes in control and I want to get off my meds. I first got into Raw when my sister was diagnosed with Stage 2 Lymphoma. I had been reading about Raw and Cancer. During all of my research I also learned about Dr. Gabriel Cousens. He is the Director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. He is known for his reversing Diabetes in 30 days with following a 100% Raw Food Diet. That is my motivation for Raw. There is an excellent documentary out there called Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. It is a documentary is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with 'incurable' diabetes switching their diet and getting off insulin. I am lucky that I have needed insulin. What I want is to get off my Metformin, the drug I take for my Diabetes.
If you do nothing else and don’t go to any of the other links please click on this one and watch this short 9 minute Youtube: Is a 100% Fruit Diet Healthy ? by Dr. Gabriel Cousens:
Still stand by what I blog. Stand by that each person needs to do their own homework as well. Each person's body is different as well as their needs. Everyone has different medical issues.