3 Super Easy Ways Diabetics Can Eat More Fruit
Not surprisingly a vicious rumor has been spread that fruit is taboo for diabetics. This rumor has run rampant in the medical community because fruit has a tendency to raise blood sugar levels in diabetics for short periods of time. For this reason, diabetics needlessly suffer with a number of diet-related conditions that have come to be accepted as complications of the disease. Symptoms such as constipation, anxiety, GERD, indigestion, weight gain, kidney problems, eye issues and fatty liver have become part and parcel with being diabetic. Many, if not most of these accepted conditions are attributed to the physiological stress of eating the high protein, low carbohydrate diet suggested by many nutritionists and medical practitioners – but hey, the blood sugar is under control.
Astoundingly, diabetes affects more than 420 million people worldwide and more than 29 million people in the United States according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, statistics show that diabetes has caused more than 1.5 million deaths in 2012, and sadly, that number is climbing. What is more, in the U.S. alone, diabetes has been shown to be leading cause of death, accounting for 80,000 deaths annually, according to the latest statistics from the CDC. It’s no wonder these maddening statistics have diabetics wondering how to reverse diabetes permanently.
According to New Science Fruit Is The Answer To Reversing And Preventing Diabetes
Science has finally given the green light for diabetics to eat more fruit. Although science back peddled a bit on the results, a study was done on almost half a million people enrolled in the China Kadoorie Biobank national study, and the results were extremely telling. The participants of the China study ranged in age between thirty and seventy-nine years old, lived in ten different areas across China, and were clinically followed for approximately seven years.
Not surprisingly, the research team found that how to reverse diabetes permanently is no longer a far off question.The mind-blowing results revealed that people who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study and consumed fresh fruit in high amounts, had a significantly lower risk of diabetes. What is more, those who had diabetes at the beginning of the study and consumed high amounts of fruit had a significantly lower risk of dying from any cause, as well as a lower risk of developing cardiovascular complications.
Biochemists have done a terrific job in identifying the specific chemical pathways taken up by different sugars in the human body, but most doctors and nutritional scientists have had a harder time understanding the differences in how the body deals with different sugars whole-istically, as well as the different effects – both good and bad—that these sugars have on the body. Instead, they’ve labeled all sugars to be bad and this has become a detriment to diabetic health.
Ok, We All Know Refined Sugar Is The devil, But Not all Sugars Are Bad
From a scientific perspective, glucose and fructose are both absorbed and assimilated in the intestines, but the body uses them very differently after this point. While glucose is immediately available for use by the body, fructose undergoes metabolic processing through the liver, where it then gets converted to glucose and stored as glycogen for later use as a backup for the pancreas. Not surprisingly, the liver, when overburdened from toxins such as plastics, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides, heavy metals and a diet high in protein, converts glucose or glycogen into fats called triglycerides. This is insulin resistance, and what causes "fatty liver"
It should be noted that because the liver is an amazing organ that is regenerative and one we could not live without. The liver actually is remarkably self-preservating in becoming “fatty” and does this, surprisingly, to save itself. If left unchecked, an unfortunate result of the liver self-preservating behavior is insulin resistance and ultimately, type 2 diabetes. Thankfully, fatty liver is completely reversible by eating more fruit.
Three Ways You Can Get More Fruit Into Your Diet Without Raising Your Blood Sugar
- Cucumbers are a fruit – Eating more cucumbers is essential in how to reverse diabetes permanently, or what’s better, is juicing them, will not raise blood sugar in diabetics and is a phenomenal way to remain hydrated on a cellular level while preserving bone health and reversing GERD. Cucumbers can help to restore hydrochloric acid in the stomach while improving digestion and ending acid reflux -- especially if they’re juiced with celery. Cucumbers are also high in silica as well as glucose, and minerals salts, which the brain needs to run optimally. What is more, cucumbers scores low on the glycemic index. Enjoy sliced cucumbers with tomatoes (another fruit) for breakfast, especially during the summer months. Add more cucumbers to your lunch, have cucumbers with sliced radish as a nice side-salad with dinner and before you know it, you’ve gotten in a good amount of nourishing fruits for the day.
- Avocados are a fruit– This god given fruit is every diabetics best friend and quite helpful in how to reverse diabetes permanently. Avocados are so versatile they can be morphed into salad dressings, spreads, puddings and even ice cream. Avocados are also great for fruit bowls by accompanying them with diced tomato and red onion for a low GI diabetic fruit salad!
- Berries are perhaps the most antioxidant, healing and low GI fruit for diabetics and should be a daily staple in every diabetic diet, particularly the wild blueberry, which is the most powerful and healing berry on earth. Berry bowls, berry smoothies, berry juices, berries eaten off the vine – eat berries anyway you can, as much as you can. Berries are helpful if you’re dealing with high blood pressure since antioxidant fruits tend to be blood-thinning. Berries also improve eye health and are instrumental in boosting the immune system to prevent disease.
Fruit Also Helps To Heal The Pancreas
Another regenerative organ is the pancreas. Science has shown in a couple of different studies that the pancreas, like the liver is a regenerative organ. Since fruit helps the body to better regenerate itself to become more healthy, fruit can be instrumental in healing the pancreas, although science has yet to give the green light on this specifically.
Eating More Fruit Can’t Hurt
Generally, eating more fruit is highly recommended to improve overall health in both diabetics and non-diabetics, but is particularly helpful in reversing fatty liver, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Fruit has also been shown promising in improving the lives of type 1 diabetics, simply by providing the body what it needs to thrive and heal. Always work with your practitioner, Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to heal yourself and get the most nourishing benefit out of your food, particularly by eating more vegetables and fruit.