In Defense of Fruit.

cherriesOver the holidays, my sister was raving about a new book her fiancée got her for Christmas. It is titled Medical Medium by Anthony William. I scanned the pages during commercial breaks as the whole family watched a movie, until I came to a later section and paused. Here, the author was writing about something that’s been brewing in the back of my mind for over a year now. I knew instantly that I would write a post about it.

Subtle Shifts

I don’t know if it is just me, but over the last couple of years there has been a global effort in full gear, especially felt here in America, to make fruit the bad guy. It manifests as a subtle but palpable shift, which began with ostracizing sugar as the cause of the obesity epidemic only to soon spread to encompass the entire carbohydrate family.

With obesity rates not abating, there has to be a scapegoat. It was fat in the 90s, but this time around sugar claimed the title. But not all sugar is the same, same as not fat is the same!

Glorifying Fat

But fat, you see, has been earning trophy points on a mega scale. Just try to convince a fat fan that fat is fat. You will get nailed. And rightfully so. Because there is a huuuuge difference between omega-3 for instance and trans fat. However, when it comes to sugar, the anti-sugar propagandists claim that it is all the same: table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, as well as the organic, living carbohydrate compounds that make up the majority of an apple.

People who have been popularizing high fat diet, such as the Bulletproof Exec, or JJ Virgin have been on the roll with popularizing the intake of insane amounts of fat. Most of what they say is great, as they promote the return to a more unprocessed, natural way of eating. And indeed, getting your body off the bad sugars such as pastries and sodas and into a ketogenic state can finally make your body recognize and burn old fat stores. But the whole massive campaign against all fruit has just gotten out of control, in my opinion.

Not the Same

The fructose in a watermelon and the sucrose in coke are not the same. Besides providing the body with readily available fuel, fruit delivers anti-cancer compounds, minerals and a plethora of other beneficial substances, not to mention that it tastes amazing, hydrates your body and is super easy to prepare and transport. Fruit is and has been for thousands of years the ultimate fast food!

Below is a partial list of what fruit can do to you.

  • Wild blueberries: help restore the central nervous system and flush neurotoxins out of the liver.
  • Raspberries: rich in antioxidants to remove free radicals from the organs and bloodstream.
  • Papayas: restore the central nervous system; strengthen and rebuild hydrochloric acid in the gut.
  • Apricots: immune system rebuilders that also strengthen the blood.
  • Pomegranates: help detox and cleanse the blood as well as the lymphatic system.
  • Bananas: help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin, the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  • Grapefruit: rich source of bioflavonoids and calcium to support the immune system and flush toxins out of the body.
  • Cucumbers: strengthen the adrenals and kidneys and flush neurotoxins out of the bloodstream.
  • Grapes: contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer. The resveratrol found in red wine famous for heart health is a type of polyphenol found in the skins of red grapes.
  • Cherries: reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant protection, contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention.

So, you see, fruit is like a medicinal pocket food. It’s beautiful and I’d even go as far as to say that it is sexy. So go ahead, skip the butter and indulge in a luscious mango. And please don’t feel bad about it. Unless you eat a truckload everyday, you will not get fat.

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3 thoughts on “In Defense of Fruit.

  1. Agreed! Whole fruit is also high in fiber. It’s important to eat it whole, and not juiced or processed, as it changes its glycemic index.

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