Healthy Snacks: Fruit

Published on July 1, 2024

Functional medicine doctors will tell you that cancer, heart issues, blood sugar issues, and all the rest of the things that go majorly wrong in the body, have a metabolic origin, not a genetic one. You may have cancer genes that were passed down, but the genes have to be turned on. This is called epigenetics. A tumor starting and growing has to do with lifestyle, i.e., toxins in the air getting into your body, lack of exercise, stress, medications, eating too much of the bad oils in processed foods, and eating too much sugar.

Once upon a time, decades ago, America’s soils were full of nutrients and the foods they produced gave people a lot more of the antioxidants their bodies needed to handle the far less exposure to toxins (unless you were working in a coal mine) that steal electrons from molecules from places in the body, causing free radical oxidation, “setting fires” in the body triggering the alarms and the fire engines in the body all rush to the scene. This response to the “fires” is the body’s inflammatory response. It happens to repair injuries to the body. It’s a good thing when it’s only temporary and then the trucks go back to the station. You want this when you cut yourself or break a bone. But if the inflammation is chronic because of constant cell damage, the body’s fire department is overwhelmed with the number of cells needing to be repaired, and all the cells can’t be repaired, and these cells malfunction and can become cancer cells.

Excess consumption of omega 6’s found in canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil rapeseed oil, peanut oil and vegetable oils and foods with these oils, trigger the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines, and nuts like walnuts, almonds, and olive and avocado oils are anti-inflammatory.

Eating too much sugar causes the gut to be overpopulated with bad micro bacteria leading to inflammation and the junctures in the gut lining swelling apart creating gaps or holes in the gut lining where particles from the gut move into the blood stream causing a cascade of problems including autoimmune issues. Eating too much sugar causes chronic oxidation that can damage blood vessels, inflaming vascular walls, which then get pasted with too much of the cholesterol that the body uses to repair inflamed walls, which then raises blood pressure that can lead to serious heart issues. Chronic inflammation in the body from eating too much sugar can also result in building up insulin resistance, the first markers on a blood test showing pre-diabetes, and then progressing to diabetes.

The sugar you are being told to stay away from if you have high blood sugar is not just cane sugar. It’s all sugars. The body recognizes grains, especially refined white flour, as sugar because that’s what grains are broken down into as they are being metabolized.

Fruit also has sugar. Fruit contains various amounts of fructose. Fructose is sweeter than glucose so the kinds and amounts of fruit that you eat is important for maintaining proper blood sugar levels. Fruit is full of good nutrients. Berries have antioxidants. It is beneficial to eat fruit in moderation to get the nutritional benefits from them, especially the antioxidants that will repair damaged cells from toxins.

Underripe bananas, papayas and mango are not very sweet and they have good micro bacteria loving resistant starch. When these fruit gets riper, you would want to eat less of them. When they are fully ripe, you probably don’t eat them if your blood sugar is higher than it should be. Berries are usually not very sweet. Watermelons and other melons are usually very sweet. Grapes can be very sweet.

Exercise helps keep blood sugar in check. “Exercise draws on reserve sugar stored in your muscles and liver. As your body rebuilds these stores, it takes sugar from your blood.”
Mayo Clinic

Too much sugar causing chronic inflammation leading to disease.

This post was inspired by a link to an interview of Grace Price (see below) that my daughter Grayce sent me. The fruit salad recipe was from my daughter Rosemary and she said she does a number of variations. I added the yoghurt in place of the oil and vinegar as another option.

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There are two fruit salad snack recipes pictured above. For the one, place pitted cherries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries (and or strawberries) in a bowl. Sprinkle with chopped mint and chopped raw pecans or walnuts. Drizzle with olive oil (Rosemary likes flavored olive oils) and vinegar. For the other salad, place the fruit on yoghurt and sprinkle with the mint and nuts.