(or) Yes, Sugar is the Devil but Certain Fruits are Still Great for You
Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, embraces a way of living that he calls “primal.” His principles are similar to “paleo” and “caveman” diets that are gaining popularity. I’ve met Mark and he’s incredibly knowledgable. He approaches things scientifically, so if you’re into biology and details, you’ll love his stuff.
Here’s a list, copied directly from his latest post of 8 reasons sugar is so bad for you. Sisson explains that all sugars aren’t created equally and the fruits he recommends (and I do as well) are: berries, cherries, apples, pears and grapefruits.
- Sugar stimulates a physiological stressor-reaction cascade that provokes adrenaline and cortisol release and thickens the blood.
- Sugar effectively disables your immune system by impairing white blood cells’ functioning.
- Sugar decreases your body’s production of leptin, a hormone critical for appetite regulation.
- Sugar induces significant oxidative stress in the body.
- Sugar appears to fuel cancer cells. (Check out Free the Animal for much more on the cancer connection.)
- Sugar promotes fat storage and weight gain.
- Sugar disrupts the effective transfer of amino acids to muscle tissue.
- Sugar intake over time spurs insulin resistance, subsequent Type II diabetes and the entire host of related health issues like nerve damage and cardiovascular disease.
I can’t argue that, simply put, most forms of sugar make you fat and sick. Just remember that most doesn’t include many delicious and nutritious fruits.