Everywhere you go, you see government bodies, dieticians and doctors recommending that people should “eat more fruits and vegetables”.
Foods in many European countries will carry the label “one of your five a day”, meaning that this particular food counts as one of your 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.
But hold on a second! Fruits and vegetables are 2 completely different things!
Fruits are “nature’s dessert”. Would you have 5 servings of dessert per day?
A banana has as much sugar as a chocolate bar.
But you’re going to say: Wait Tony, the sugar in the banana is natural, not artificial.
That may well be true, but your body cannot tell the difference. All forms of sugar will break down into glucose in your digestive system and get absorbed by the blood. So by the time the sugar hits your bloodstream, it will be IDENTICAL.
But you’re going to say: Wait Tony, the banana has fibre, which will slow down the digestion of the sugar.
That may well be true, but this means that instead of the sugar being digested in 10min (from a chocolate bar), it will take 30min.
BUT IT WILL STILL END UP IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM WITHIN 60MIN.
This is why so many people on a vegetarian or vega diet have alarmingly high blood sugar and triglycerides, it’s a common health problem among them.
So, eat as much vegetables as you want. I will often consume 10 or more servings of veggies per day.
But TREAT FRUITS LIKE NATURE’S DESSERT: eat them just like you would eat a dessert.
Also, eat fruits IN SEASON: the human body evolved over thousands of years eating “nature’s dessert” when it could be found (which is not every day) and only “in season”, not 12 months a year!
The WHO recommends a maximum of 25g of sugar per day. That itself is the max to avoid disease.
If you want to live a healthy optimal life, you should be aiming at 15g max.
If you want to lose weight, you’ll need to drop that below 10g.
Here are some stats for you:
- A medium Banana: 14g of sugar
- A medium apple: 19g
- An orange: 17g
- Glass of orange juice: 21g
- Slice of pineapple: 16g
I’ve written a few articles in the past about sugar, including:
How sugar blocks your ability to absorb iron: http://www.systemendurance.com/blog/2017/5/4/new-study-sugar-undoes-protective-effects-of-exercise
Sugar vs. starch, does it make a difference? http://www.systemendurance.com/blog/2015/5/25/sugar-vs-starch-does-it-make-a-difference
How stress causes sugar cravings http://www.systemendurance.com/blog/2014/11/27/how-does-stress-cause-sugar-cravings-and-what-you-can-do-about-it?rq=sugar