So Cheryl, fruit is too high in sugar? I thought fruit was good for you?!! Now What?
It is all about watching your blood sugar levels. As your blood sugar spikes, your body stores fat. As your blood sugar crashes, your body burns lean muscle to use as energy. It is so important to keep a normal blood sugar level so that your body will release fat and toxins. Stable blood sugar protects your lean body mass, according to R.I.P.P.E.D.
Are fruits bad for you? No way! They are natural sugar, which is why I am happy to fill my basket with them, for my children. I would much rather my kiddos grab a handful or fruit than a cookie, wouldn’t you?
For me, I am now watching how much sugar I consume to protect the work I am doing in my workouts. If I choose to eat a fruit, I am going to pick one that has health benefits. For instance: bananas are about the highest sugar packed fruit you can select. If you do have one, eat it right before a workout, or avoid them all together.
Hungry for a fruit? Grab and apple or one of these: (according to LiveStrong)
Apricot (4 oz.)
Cherry (sour, sweet, 10 medium)
Coconut meat (1 oz. or 1 cup shredded/grated, not packed)
Currant (red, black, white)
Grape (10 medium)
Kiwi fruit (1 medium)
Kumquat (1 medium)
Lemon/Lime (2 inch diameter)
Lemon/Lime Juice (1 oz)
Orange (sections, without membrane)
Peach (1 med, 4 oz.)
Persimmon (American, Japanese, 1 medium)
Pineapple (1 oz)
Tangelo (1 medium)
Tangerine (1 medium)
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/5375-lowsugar-fruits/#ixzz1v2j2CJqi
We will all read contradicting articles. I believeI posted kiwi on my high sugar fruits, last night, but it looks like one kiwi is okay to slice up according to the article above. My thoughts (and I am NOT an expert) are that you need to add a healthy fat or protein along with your fruit. For example, add peanut butter to your apple. Why? This will help balance the blood sugar. Another way to stay balanced is to eat every 2-3 hours. This is a MUST to keep your body from having an empty feeling.
One last thing–stay away from processed sugars as much as possible. I’m telling this to myself as I write to each of you!
Hope this clarifies a few things for you all. The journey is not easy, but it is worth it!
Question of the day: What is your favorite fruit–good or bad?!