Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Are hidden sugars derailing your weight loss goals?

The Paleo Diet (way of life) consists of lean meats (beef, pork, chicken) seafood, vegetables, fruits and some seeds/nuts.  It is generally held that you shouldn't limit your intake of fruit as long as its seasonal.  But did you know that some forms of fruit contain as much sugar as some candy? 

This excerpt comes from http://www.thepaleodiet.com/nutritional_tools/fruits.shtml
"My original recommendation to eat fresh fruits as your appetite dictates still holds for most people.  However, if you are very much overweight or are insulin resistant, I recommend that you initially limit high sugar fruits (grapes, bananas, mangos, sweet cherries, apples, pineapples, pears and kiwi fruit) from your diet until your weight starts to normalize and your health improves.  Try to include more vegetables in lieu of the high-sugar fruit.  As per my previous recommendations, dried fruits contain excessive sugar, and from the Table below, you can see they more closely resemble commercial candy than their fresh counterparts.  Note that some fruits (avocados, lemons, and limes) are very low in total sugar and should not be restricted"

Review the following graph to see if you are sabotaging yourself with too many natural sugars.
http://www.thepaleodiet.com/nutritional_tools/fruits_table.html
 

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