Tuesday 11 February 2014

Does fruit make you fat ?

      While at work the other day i overheard a young man talking about how fattening fruit was.So the question is "does fruit make you fat?". NO ! This is another one of those myths that won't go away.To be fair the media doesn't help.There was a study published in The New York Times ,about fructose getting converted into fat.And you know how good the media is at reporting scientific research.The article went on to say how fructose will make you fatter.Everybody saw that and they're like,"Oh my God! Fruit turns into fat !"
       If you take a close look at these studies ,you will find they are talking about high fructose corn syrup, not whole fruit. We know that fructose is used to replenish sugar levels in the liver,and the liver has a limited storage capacity of about 50 grams of fructose before it starts to spill into fat. But do you know how much 50grams of fructose is ? In terms of high fructose corn syrup,sodas,cakes,cereals or bisquits,i dont htink it would be very difficult to get 50 grams of fructose.But in the studies that i have read they didnt give people real fruit.They gave them a big liquid dose that had 85 grams of carbs in a 75% fructose solution. thats 64 grams of fructose all at once.
         The problem is that fruit and fructose aren't exactly the same thing. A lot of people think that all the sugars in fruit are fructose.But a typicl piece of fruit has about 6-7 grams of fructose.Berries have even less. You would have to eat a lot of fruit to exceed the 50-60 gram capacity of the average liver.
          I think fruit is an excellent choice if your trying to drop some weight.In fact i tell my client to eat fruit every day.It's high in phytonutrients.high in fiber,high in water,and we know that's a combination right there that's good for reducing appetite and making you feel fuller. The bottom line, fruit is just too nutritionally valuable to get rid of. And take it from me.I have never had a single client get fat from eating fruit!        

Saturday 1 February 2014

Health benefits of Tea

    After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. But is it really good for you? YES! Why? Because of an antioxidant called polyphenols. Studies have shown that polyphenols may reduce the risk of gastric, esophageal, and skin cancer. One recent study showed that 2 cups a day may lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 46 percent in woman.
Black,Green,White,or Oolong ?
These teas derive their leaves from a warm-weather evergreen tree known as Camellia sinensis. It's these leaves that contain the polyphenols. The more processing tea leaves undergo , the darker they will turn. White tea is derived from the young new leaves from the Camellia plant in early spring. These leaves contain no chlrophyll,so they are silvery white. Any one of these teas is packed with polyphenols. Even more than some fruits and vegetables.
Herbal Tea or Red Rooibos tea ?
Don't be fooled. Neither one of these get there leaves from the Camillia plant and so, does not have the health-promoting properties as the other teas. In fact most herbal teas are NOT tea at all. They are only infusions made with herbs,flowers,roots,spices or other parts of the plants. The correct term for this type of beverage is”tisane”. If you have concerns about caffeine ,it’s not a problem. A cup of tea contains 40mg of caffeine,compared to 85mg as found in a cup of coffee.


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