Diabetes and Fruit

the-psychology-of-dieting1Whether you are a diabetic or just a dieter, in recent years there has been a lot of controversy regarding carbohydrates. The same phenomenon has been true for eating fruit, especially among diabetics.

Is eating a lot of fruit bad for diabetics?

According to some doctors and nutritionists, yes. From my personal experience and others on Youtube, diabetics and dieters alike are seeing higher energy levels, much lower blood sugars, and a significant loss of weight from eating lots of raw (uncooked) fruit during the day and plenty of cooked carbohydrates during the day.

That is saying something when you consider that I have been a diabetic for fifteen years and I am a female over fifty. Yet, I was able to lose 15 pounds and 37 inches in only 10 weeks while eating up to 2,500 calories per day. Before eating fruit and going off eating meat, I could barely lose any weight. Even if I went down to 500 calories per day, the insulin in my blood stream kept me from losing weight.

One reason for this might be because studies now show that the fat content in meat is creating insulin resistance. However, why can I eat that many calories and 400 or more grams of carbohydrate per day? Because fruit has magical properties.

Here is why it works. Of course we already know that eating fruit is good for you because it is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and water content as well as very low in fat. So, with those important facts in mind, fruit’s benefit to anyone should be a total no brainer. But ever since the big scare surrounding high-fructose corn syrup, there has been a lot of confusion surrounding fruit because fruit has a high fructose content.

I will get more into the benefits of fiber, with respect to inulin fiber in a moment. For now our focus will be upon the enzymatic action of fruits in their role of converting glucose into energy. Hang in there with me because we are going to get a little scientific here. But this is important because it is a serious misunderstanding that we need to clear up.:

To get energy from glucose, your body must carry out a series of chemical reactions in a predetermined order. In certain chemical pathways, the first of these reactions is a 10-part process called glycolysis, which eventually leads to the creation of an essential fuel called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which powers most of your cells. To perform each step contained in glycolysis, your body relies on a different enzyme. In order of the required steps, they are hexokinase; phosphoglucose isomerase; phosphofructokinase; fructose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolase; triose phosphate isomerase; glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, phosphoglycerate kinase, phosphoglycerate mutase, enolase and pyruvate kinase.[1]

Why is all of that important to understand if we are determining whether fruit is good for diabetics or not?

You may recall that ATP is also the energy molecule that gets produced whenever human beings exercise aerobically. This is why exercise can create more energy in us than it takes from us. In other words, it is like getting energy from expending energy rather than going to the gas station to fill up again. That is why exercise is so great for us. Whereas during glycolysis, we are converting fuel (our food) from our kitchen “gas station” to obtain ATP or energy.

The thing to notice is within this list of enzymes you will see some with the name fructose in them. Of course, we get fructose from fruits. I know, I know. Everyone is down on fructose because of corn syrup. Corn syrup, like any processed, denatured sugar taken in excess, is going to be bad for you. But one of the main reasons corn syrup is so bad for humans is because grain corn is universally infected with fungi. Fungi are organisms which release mycotoxins that can harm or even kill us. Not simply because it has fructose in it. However, being that the fructose is processed and devoid of its natural enzymes to help with this process called glycolisis, is yet another reason it may be bad for you, diabetic or not. The bottom line is this, you shouldn’t think “fructose is bad for me” when you think of fruit. Fruit in its uncooked, unprocessed form has all of its enzymes still in tact that help our bodies with glycolisis, in converting our food into ATP/energy. Yep. I am talking about enzymes like those in the list above.

Actually, around 75,000 enzymes are thought to exist in the human body. These are divided into three classes: a) metabolic enzymes run our bodies. The ten enzymes listed above responsible for glycolysis are in this category; b) digestive enzymes are those enzymes that our bodies make to digest our food. And c) food enzymes from raw foods that start the digestion process of our food.

With regard to digestion, for example, when you eat protein, an enzyme called protease breaks it down into its constituent parts, amino acids. These are the raw materials that our bodies will use whereever they have need for them. Amino acids serve as the building blocks of our cells and tissues. Other enzymes needed to break down starches and fats are made in the pancreas, an organ already stressed out in diabetics.

By eating raw foods, our bodies don’t have to work hard or utilize many of their own enzymes to help break these substances down. An apple, for instance, has nearly all the enzymes it needs to break itself down for our bodies. Why is this important? Because our bodies need as many of our enzymes as they can to run, rebuild, detoxify, and heal our bodies. So, by eating raw foods, we are doing two things that are good for diabetics.

  1. We are giving our pancreas a break from making lipase and amylase for example.
  2. This, in turn, gives our body more raw materials to make other enzymes that it needs to  engage in important energy producing processes like glycolysis.

The Importance of Inulin Fiber

There are several fruits and vegetables with inulin fiber in them such as bananas, Jersusalem artichokes, and . Inulin fiber is important because we cannot digest it, so it helps to scrub the bowel clean. More importantly, it provides our good bacteria with food to help keep these helpful critters hanging out within our bowels alive. Without them we cannot produce vitamin K2. We produce at least 75% of this in our guts with the help of probiotics and we obtain the rest from our diets.

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Copyright by Over 50 Diabetic Frutarian on November 18, 2016.

You have permission to share as long as there is a link included back to this blog and you do not reproduce in print form without contacting me first (through the comments section, below).

Sources:

1) http://www.livestrong.com/article/508661-3-specific-uses-of-enzymes-in-the-human-body

 

 

 

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