It’s a pretty short video, but if you don’t have time to watch it, I’ll summarise it for you.
Firstly, Greger cites studies showing that if you combine 1/2 cup of blueberries with your sugary processed cereal that it will impede the blood-sugar raising effects of the refined starches.
Then he goes on to question whether or not eating too much fruit is damaging for your health, especially since some doctors are concerned about its sugar content and promote reducing its intake.
So he put fruit to the test.
In one study diabetic subjects were asked to either reduce fruit to below two pieces per day, and others were asked to eat 2 pieces per day.
It was found that low-dose fructose actually had a beneficial effect on controlling blood sugar.
But that’s just a few pieces a day, right? What about all those fruitarians out there consuming dozens of pieces of fruit a day?
In another study measure the blood sugar variations of people eating around 20 pieces of fruit a day and found the following:
“Despite the extraordinarily high fructose content of this diet, presumably about 200g/d, the investigators reported no adverse affects, (and possible benefit for bodyweight, blood pressure, and insulin and lipid levels after 12-24 weeks.”
The only “side-effect”, it seems, to have come from a diet so high in servings of fruits and vegetables is that the subjects recorded the largest bowel movements ever recorded in the history of dietary studies.
From one of the research papers Dr Greger consulted: “Fruit contain a wide range of bioactive substances which can act through many pathways in the human body e.g as anti-oxidants, reduce inflammation and improve endothelial function. High fruit intake has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancer types.”
So eat up your fruit people. It’ll help you stave off health nasties, keep you energetic, youthful and regular!
And please share with us all your experience of eating a high fruit diet, low-fruit diet, or any lingering fruit phobias you might have…