Too Much Fruit Can Be Dangerous to Your Health
of us have come to believe that eating healthier means eating lots of fruits and
vegetables. While fruits and vegetables are much better for you than refined foods
like cookies and chips, my experiences and research have led me to believe that
too much fruit can be harmful to your health.
lot of the fruit that is grown today is much higher in sugar than they would be
in a natural environment. Have you ever tasted a wild blueberry? How about a wild
apple? On their own, they are delicious, but you may be surprised to discover
that they aren't nearly as sweet as modern day varieties. Over thousands of years,
humans have been able to make fruits larger and sweeter than their wild predecessors
sugar from fruit is natural, so you should be able to eat as much as you want,
right? This question is best asked of fruitarians - people who eat nothing but
raw fruits. It is not uncommon for a strict fruitarian to eat five bananas and
five dates for breakfast, one large canteloupe for lunch, and five large peaches
fruitarians take a more balanced approach and eat lots of less sweet, seed-bearing
fruits like tomatoes and zuchinni. They also eat plenty of greens like romaine
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.
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.
problem with a high fruit diet is that it can lead to problems involving the hormones
that regulate your blood sugar; insulin, glucagon, and growth hormone. A chronic
imbalance of these hormones is a sure way to develop cardiovascular disease and
encouraging news is that when you eat fruits in moderation, they can contribute
to excellent overall health and fitness. Here is a list of some of my favorite,
Berries - Be sure that they are wild or organic, as commercially grown berries
are heavily coated with pesticides. Berries tend to put less stress on your blood
sugar - regulating mechanisms than other fruits, and provide loads of fiber, vitamins,
minerals, and phytochemicals which protect you against disease. Frozen wild blueberries
are available year-round in almost any grocery store.
Avocado - An excellent source of raw fat, which is essential for healing and maintenance
of health. Avocados are also an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
The fatty acids found in avocados provide excellent fuel for energy. A good avocado
has a rich, creamy texture and a rich green color towards the outer part of its
Figs - If you haven't tried a fresh black or green fig, you are missing out on
one of the most minerally dense fruits there is. Fresh figs are superior to dried
figs, as the drying process creates an unhealthy concentration of the natural
sugars in figs. If you are going to eat dried figs, strive to eat only a few per
day. Figs are particularly high in potassium, calcium, and iron.
Pomegranates - If you could choose only one fruit to get into your blood and provide
super protection against free radical damage and chronic disease, pomegranates
would be a great choice. By weight, they have one of the highest concentrations
of antioxidants among all fruits.
Apples - Like all of the fruits listed above, apples are high in fiber, vitamins,
minerals, and antioxidants. From a practical viewpoint, apples are one of the
most affordable healthy fruits to eat on a regular basis.
you want to eat super sweet fruits like bananas, grapes, and ripe persimmons,
you may want to eat them with some dark green lettuce, celery sticks, and avocado,
as the mineral density in these green foods will help to dampen the unhealthy
effect that super sweet fruits have on your insulin levels.
recommend staying away from fruit juices most of the time, as their concentrated
sugars contribute to health problems related to too much insulin production.
While it is true that vitamin A can be made from beta carotene, which is found
in lots of fruits and vegetables, many people are unable to make enough vitamin
A for their daily needs from beta carotene alone. Effective conversion of beta
carotene to vitamin A depends on a number of factors, like a healthy gall bladder,
sufficient dietary fat, and a healthy thyroid gland. Sufficient intake and absorption
of vitamin A is essential to a number of processes, including building and maintaining
healthy mucosal linings throughout your body, enhancing your immune system, and
supporting your vision.
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