The “Just Eat More Fruits And Vegetables” Problem
The title reaks of heresy that about every nutritionist, scientist, researcher, and mother would be quick to point out.Why? Because something almost everyone agrees on is that we should all eat more fruits and vegetables-a concept that’s been touted for centuries.
The problem, however, is demonstrated by the common errors which are so prevalent in the overweight (and unhealthy) community: the errors which equate all fruits and vegetables to be the same: eat a bunch of kale? Same as a bananna and some raisins. Bowl of brocolli? Same as a bowl of sliced pineapple.
Fruits and vegetables pretty much the same? Nothing could be farther from the truth!
If you’re overweight and get frequent hunger cravings, the chances are that you have a significant hormonal problem-your body is addicted to sugar, & can’t utilize fat as a fuel source. Want to understand more how those hormones work? My colleague-blogger Vanessa (from Healthy Living How To) published an article that eloquently explains the process.
When you’re overweight and are addicted to carbs, the last thing you need is more sugar-laden food. The same sugar so prevalant in many fruits.
Still sound too sacreligious? Let’s break it down:
- 1 Krispy Kreme donut=10 grams sugar
- 1 bananna =14 grams sugar
- 1 8-oz glass of orange juice=21 grams sugar
- Small box of raisins: a whopping 25 grams of sugar!
Sugar permeates our modern world like it never has before. As a result, our hormones are disrupted, and we’re more overweight than we’ve ever been.
And if we want to lose weight, & live a life of health, we need to recognize & do two major things when it comes to fruits and vegetables:
1. Heavily slant our selection away from fruit, and toward non-starchy vegetables. Vegetables like kale, lettuce, spinach, brocolli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, peppers of all types, and so many more are jam-packed with nutrutrients, and very low in carbohydrates. Eat them, and do it in quantity.
2. Be selective with fruit, and enjoy in small quantaties as a treat, not a main course. Fruits to add to this list for treats include things like berries (of all types), cherries, pears, & grapefruit. Fruits to avoid are things like melons, mangoes, banannas, pineapples, raisins, and grapes.
This may be a shocker to some-I get that. It took me decades to get it, but I’m so thankful I did. Make the better choices, and the weight can ‘pour’ of you. Lean toward the wrong ones, and live a life of constant hunger, inflammation, hormone swings, and energy crashes, all the while, not being able to lose the weight you want.
Which will you choose?
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