Can a High Fruit diet Wreak Havoc on your bloodsugar?
Fear of fruit is very common… Ilse, from Belgium, has been eating a high fruit diet, but is still concerned that, maybe, she might be damaging something in her body.
There’s so much misinformation out there about fruit that it’s not surprising when people get worried. Even raw foodies who’ve been eating this way for a while can run into problems if they’re not really doing the diet correctly.
Here’s Ilse’s letter first before I launch into addressing her concerns…
Getting fat on fruit will not happen easily…I know that for sure… but my question on fruit (after four years on a high 80/10/10 diet) is:
1- Can fruit mess up with your insulin levels?
2- Can so much fruit cause diabetes?
3- Can you get hypoglycemia if you eat a lot of fruit for years and years?
I have problems with nrs 1 and 3; even McDougall recommends no more than 2 fruits/day because there is too much fruit sugar in them; what about G Cousens and so many others who say that fructose can mess up a lot and we should focus on greens (with fats so we can absorb the vitamins)?
I know a lot of raw foodists who did 80/10/10 for +/- 5 years and now are eating cooked food or include more fat into their diet… (I do love fruits but I feel dizzy after eating them now, so I know it’s due to my bloodsugar)
Thanks for your question, Ilse. Great questions – these are questions that come up a lot and that many people have.
All three of those scenarios you mention are blood-sugar metabolic disorders, and it pays to understand your physiology in order to understand how these disorders are created.
In most cases, these diseases are caused by an excess of fat, NOT sugar, in the diet. Or rather, a combination of the two.
My number one question for you, Ilse, and anyone else experiencing dizziness after eating fruit, would be how much fat are you eating in your diet?
I would encourage you to really track your intake of fat, carbohydrates and protein to make sure that you are not going over 10% of calories from fat.
If you are having blood sugar problems then it is highly likely you are eating too much fat, even if they are ‘healthy’ whole fats. Too much of anything can be harmful.
The problem arises when an excess of fat in your diet coats every single cell of your body, including your insulin receptor sites. This means that glucose (converted from EVERY food – not just fruit) cannot be transported effectively into your cells and therefore stays circulating in the bloodstream.
If you are eating a high fat raw food diet, such as Gabriel Cousens promotes, then it would certainly be dangerous to eat too much fruit. Same thing with a high fat standard western diet.
However, if you keep your fats low, then large quantities of fruit is highly beneficial.
My experience is a case in point. I used to suffer with horrible blood sugar swings and also candida ( a blood-sugar metabolic disorder). I no long experience either of these things and whenever I get tested my fasting glucose is always absolutely normal, and yet I eat around 2000 calories of fruit every single day and have done so now for about 3 years.
To get an accurate picture of what you’re REALLY consuming in terms of fats, protein and carbohydrates you really need to be tracking your food over a period of 3-7 days minimum.
If you’re still unsure after tracking what you’re eating, I’m more than happy to help you privately. Check out my Raw Health Coaching page for more info on this.
Regarding raw foodists who are now eating cooked food, the reasons for such a change are varied. For some it might be cost, for others convenience. For others, it might be that they simply want to eat cooked food. Blood sugar issues are rarely the reason why people change.
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