"I agree. I've resisted challenging the fruit-and-smoothie afficionados on the topic simply because I'm sure it would attract the same sentiment as mentioning restricting carbs (to any degree)..."
I decided to drink green (kale) smoothies as meal replacements, and began by adding a lot of fruit to disguise the kale. But after a week or two I realized that I was drinking a lot of calories and not getting my vegetables. Also, I couldn't enjoy a simple piece of fruit because I drank all my fruit! So I changed to mostly vegetable smoothies, with 1/2 frozen banana added for texture. Now I'm getting nearly a day's supply of vegetables in my smoothies, for far less calories.
I agree with you too. Given the choice between veggies and fruits, veggies RULE! In the case of some veggies, the sugar is higher when eaten raw, and it's better to cook them so do a little research.
Love the goal of 20g/day!
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I do the green veggie juice or smoothie daily and my cravings for sugar have stopped. I also learned this week that parsley and cilantro are very good for you. I plan on adding them daily to my eating plan.
I love fruit, too, just as much as candy in fact. The higher in sugar the better it tastes. Unfortunately the degree of sweetness (and thereby sugar content) in fruit is anything but natural. Fruit and even some vegetables like corn and carrots have been bred for decades to increase sweetness and size, increasing both sugar content and reducing percentage of fiber. Just look at any gardening or seed catolog to see the advertisements for "extra sweet" everything. The closer fruit is to it's wild cousin the less sugar it likely has. Check out wild plums wild strawberries, wild huckleberries for comparison. Birgit
I agree. I've resisted challenging the fruit-and-smoothie afficionados on the topic simply because I'm sure it would attract the same sentiment as mentioning restricting carbs (to any degree).
Sugar in fruits, whole, dried, juiced, any form, is still sugar. I love fruit! especially the worst sorts, naturally. I suspect that's simply a facet of my carb addiction. We're *allowed* only one small piece of fruit a day (the size of a small apple). I will eat some berries, but in general, fruits are "candy" in my mind. Do I want it? oh yeah. Bananas. Grapes. Raisins. Apples. Pears. Melon! mmmmm Right up there along with croissants and big fluffy buttermilk biscuits and pancakes and waffles and streusel... ugh.
Unfortunately, most folks are more influenced by promotional remarks (ads) of what's healthy, and don't bother to research, even so far as the required labeling, whether those claims are dependable or not. "Healthy grains." hmpf
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Watch the fat and whot kind of protean you eat Diabetics are more pron to heart decease You always mix never just fruit an 1/2 apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter A half large pear with cheese Leave bacon skin of chicken fat on meat behind No margarine at all Alive oil instead Eat if you can real food not the stuff with chemicals in it
It looks to me like the recommendation is to beat a sugar craving with consuming sugar in the form of fruit juice and dried fruit. Isn't that like recommending filter cigarettes to a smoker by replacing sugar with something that is only slightly less bad for us than sugar? The fruit juice is absorbed very rapidly and has all that fructose, very bad for the liver. One glass of orange juice has 6-8 oranges in it minus most of the fiber. That sounds like feeding the sugar habit, not breaking it. Eating dried fruit is no better because we are eating a lot of sugar without any water, very concentrated energy and the fiber only helps a little to slow down the absorption of the sugar. Any sugar, no matter how slowly absorbed, will still cause an insulin response by our body, just more gradual. Given that a very high percentage of people who are trying to control their sugar intake are insulin-resistant already how is this helping? Why not recommend consuming only small servings of fruit and more servings of vegetables instead and rather substituting sugars with foods that have more protein and fat? Also, as several spark articles explain, all carbohydrates are turned into sugar and increase insulin levels as well. Why not lower all carbs significantly and remove the whole cycle of blood sugar ups and downs. At least that is what has worked for me to keep my sugar consumption very low (now shooting for under 20 grams/day) without any cravings.
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