Updated: Feb 26
One of the biggest misconceptions in the world of health, that has unfortunately gained popularity over the years, is that fruit in any way, shape, or form is harmful to health.
Fruit is an absolutely essential component of a healthy diet. You will not be able to sustain good health without it. And you will definitely not be able to fully recover from a chronic health problem without it.
Here is an essential point to know:
Our entire bodies, including our brains, run on glucose (sugar). Not fat, not protein...glucose.
Glucose fuels every function that takes place within the body. We could not survive without it. Another important thing to know is that when we do not have sufficient levels of glucose to support daily activities, the body has to compensate for this by using ADRENALINE for energy.
This is something we want to avoid at all costs.
In excess amounts, adrenaline is corrosive to the body. It also places a major strain on the adrenals to have to produce so much of this hormone. Many of us are already living high-stress, fast-past, adrenaline-fueled lifestyles, and avoiding fruit just adds fuel to the fire that eventually burns out the adrenal glands (adrenal fatigue) and creates hormonal imbalance.
Avoiding fruit creates health problems.
First of all, without fruit in the diet, your body will crave unhealthy forms of sugar. When you are deficient in glucose, your body will naturally try to tell you what it needs. You might feel raging cravings for unhealthy sweets, like cake, cookies, and candy, because you are not eating enough of a healthy source of glucose. Processed sugar, different from fruit sugar, can create health problems. I outline the difference between the two below, but I want to point out here that eating sufficient amounts of healthy carbohydrates, especially fruit, prevents sugar cravings.
Many cases of infertility are caused by a mother having insufficient levels of glucose in the body to form a baby. This is a big statement, I know. I don't say any of this lightly. It takes an immense amount of energy to create a human life, and without sufficient levels of glucose, it is not always possible.
When the body does not have enough glucose for energy and has to run on adrenaline, overtime this can damage the pancreas and lead to insulin resistance. This, combined with a high-fat diet, is what actually causes most cases of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and diabetes.
These are just two examples of prevalent health problems that are widely misunderstood today and are continuing to worsen as misinformation about fruit circulates.
My point with all of this is that we need to stop making sugar the enemy. More specifically, we need to stop grouping all sugars into the same category. We need sugar to live. Not processed, table sugar (sucrose), but healthy, naturally-occurring sugars such as those in fruit (fructose and glucose).
Health trends come and go with massive force. Recent propaganda has been all about avoiding sugar in all forms. You may have heard that sugar feeds disease and candida, contributes to weight gain, and rots teeth.
Essential point: this is true of processed, table sugar. This is NOT true of fruit sugar.
One of the greatest mistakes of our time occurred when people started grouping fruit sugar into the same category as all other forms of sugar. This mistake is reminiscent of the theory that all calories are alike (i.e. 100 calories of broccoli is no different than 100 calories of Oreos). Sugar occurs naturally in all carbohydrates. This includes vegetables, grains, and fruits.
The major difference between processed sugar and the naturally-occurring sugar found in plant foods is that table sugar is just pure sugar, which spikes the blood sugar and gets directly absorbed, whereas in plants it comes as a package. Fruit, for example, contains a small amount of sugar, combined with vitamins, minerals, living water, fiber, elevated biotics (the highest source of probiotics according to Anthony William), and incredibly healing phytochemicals. The fiber slows the absorption of sugar in the body, which allows our bodies to use it for energy and reap the benefits of all of the other health-giving components of the food.
This is the way that nature intended for us to receive life-giving, healthy glucose.
We created processed sugar, altered it into many different forms, and then combined it with lots of fat and a plethora of other toxic ingredients in things like cookies, cakes, and ice cream.
This what creates disease. This is what contributes to chronic health problems. This is what makes us gain weight.
It is because of all of the other harmful ingredients, plus the fact that these foods are nutrient-poor, so we are never satisfied and have to eat large amounts of it, resulting in way higher amounts of sugar rushing through your bloodstream than you would ever be able to consume from natural sources.
Please do not allow anyone to confuse you ever again by grouping these two very different forms of sugar into the same category.
Q. Food combining with fruit?
Fruit is digested very quickly, whereas other food groups can take a few hours to digest. For this reason, is it best to eat fruit either alone or with raw vegetables and in the morning before consuming other food groups. If you have eaten something else, then it is best to wait at least an hour before eating fruit for optimal digestion.
Q. Organic vs. non-organic?
Get more fruit into your diet in any way that is accessible to you, but organic is always best. Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and more highly toxic chemicals are sprayed in large amounts onto conventional produce, and fruits are extremely absorptive of all of this. Conventional produce is also subject to toxic wax coatings (intended to provide a more desirable appearance) and genetic modification. That being said, the health benefits of even conventional fruit still outweigh the consequences of exposure to these toxins.
Q. Discomfort with eating fruit?
There are several different reasons as to why some people experience discomfort with eating fruit, and I highly recommend working with me or another qualified health practitioner if this is you. Most often, this is caused by an underlying health problem (more specifically, a pathogen) that is disturbed by the healing and antiseptic properties of fruit. It is the pathogen causing the issues, never the fruit. - the fruit is helping you heal.
Q. Does fruit feed disease or make you fat?
Absolutely not! In fact, it does just the opposite. Fruits has powerful phytochemicals that work to fight disease and dysfunction on every level of the human body. As I said before, you cannot heal from a chronic health problem without fruit in the diet.
Candida is a mystery health condition that is widely misunderstood and often gets tied to fruit fear. In this case, fruit actually kills off pathogens in the body that lead to an overgrowth of candida. Fruit is your friend for all gut health problems.
Fruit is also actually a great weight loss food, and by no means does it contribute to weight gain.
Q. How much is too much?
The USDA Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of fruit is 2 cups, but I believe this should be the bare minimum daily intake. Everyone is so different - some people feel better eating fruit all day, and others feel better with less. I recommend using your intuition to find what works best for you, and just keep in mind that there is no such thing as too much fruit.
** Much of this information has been inspired by the work of Anthony William (Medical Medium), who has even gone as far as to say that the future of our human race depends upon fruit consumption.