August 19, 2016
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Feature Article: Go For The Gold! Summer Fruit and Weight Management
Hello! TGIF! We hope you’ve had a great week and had a chance to enjoy some of the fantastic events and athletes with the Olympics.
I couldn’t help but share this fun photo of our three little granddaughters, Evie (who starts kindergarten next week!), Eliza and Pearl off on their first camping trip. I texted their Daddy to say he was “The Best”, only it did an auto correct to “Boost” … So it was “You’re the BOOST!” which is as true as “the best”, if not even better! I often think that’s what the tea is … the BEST BOOST, and our little children sure are the best boost as well :0)
Today’s newsletter includes a pretty special offer we’ve never done before … a free sample! and an interesting article on summer fruit that I published in Meridian Magazine a couple of weeks ago. Surprise: All fruits are NOT created equal, so go for the GOLD for summer’s best health BOOST! Well, YOU’RE the best!
Have a lovely weekend and get in on the end of the Olympics!
Hip-Hip-Hooray! Paula, Mary, Shirley and Carolyn!
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Best Fruits of Summer: Go For The Gold!
|I don’t know about you, but summer fruit is an absolute joy. I could eat it morning noon and night … and sometimes do!
I know that at this time fruit is “0” points for Weight Watchers, just like veggies. Meaning you can eat as much as you want.
In the old days of being a Weight Watcher leader, we were advised to encourage our members to limit fruit due to the high sugar content that was not always so friendly when it came time for weigh-in.( I personally gain weight when I eat too much. So sad … but it’s true.)
Here’s how to Go For The Gold for both nutrition and weigh-in! You can read this article as I wrote for Meridian Magazine
Why Fruit Might Hinder Weight Loss
From Dr. Mike Rouseell at Shape.com says: “Fruit is high in the simple sugar fructose, which is the main reason why many people trying to lose weight remove it from their diet. Unlike glucose, the most common simple sugar that’s sent to your muscles, brain, and other organs for them to use as energy, fructose is only processed by your liver.
Why is that bad? If your liver already has ample energy, there is a higher likelihood that your liver will repackage the excess fructose as fat, saving it for use at a later time. While this is a biochemical truth, its impact on your waistline is blown out of proportion, especially when you consider that fruit isn’t even one of the hidden top five sources of fructose in the American diet. The big five that seem and are often promoted as safe healthy are filled to the brim with sugar are fruit drinks, breakfast cereals, bread, condiments and yogurt.”
So which fruits take home medals for best fruits for highest nutrient and lowest sugar? While I’m only one judge on the panel, these are my winners:
GOLD! Berries, especially raspberries and blueberries (Mind you, we’re talking eating them fresh and not in a gooey dessert.) Those rich, vibrant, vital colors are loaded with nutrients that fuel rich, vibrant, vital health.
Raspberries: What makes this fruit stand out? Raspberries are often touted for their anti-cancer benefits. This is due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. In studies involving breast, cervical, colon, esophageal and prostate cancers, raspberry phytonutrients have been shown to play an important role. Raspberries can lower oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and even slow down the development or reproduction of cancer cells.
New research is now showing raspberries may also be able to change the signals that are sent to potential or existing cancer cells
studies involving breast, cervical, colon, esophageal and prostate cancers, raspberry phytonutrients have been shown to play an important role. Raspberries can lower oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and even slow down the development or reproduction of cancer cells.
New research is now showing raspberries may also be able to change the signals that are sent to potential or existing cancer cells.
Blueberries: What makes this fruit stand out? Rich in powerful polyphenol compounds, blueberries have been shown to uniquely protect the brain against harmful neurodegenerative factors such as free radicals, radiation, inflammation and excitotoxicity.
Blueberries may even reverse age-related shortfalls in cognitive and motor function. Scientists have noted that blueberry compounds are readily absorbed into the bloodstream, then cross into the brain where they influence regions involved in memory and motor function. This suggests many potential benefits in preventing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
SILVER! Small fruits such as small apples, plums and kiwi are superstars for health simply because of their pre-measured size. Like compact, musclebound young female gymnasts, what you see is what you get. A fist-sized apple or peach, or 2-3 kiwis or plums is a ready-made serving and the best way to minimize your sugar intake is to be mindful of your portion size. With these fruits Mother Nature has kindly packaged them for us! Eating just one or two leave us satisfied. It’s easy to go overboard on cherries or grapes, which though nutritious, are easy to eat a lot of unless you take the effort to measure out a healthy, single-sized portion.
BRONZE! Peaches! While these juicy, fuzzy fruits have about 13 grams of sugar per cup, they also have 3 grams of fiber to help your body use the sugar more efficiently. They are also loaded with vitamins like A, C, and E, and antioxidants that help fight disease and slow aging. They’re also “prepackaged’ but keep in mind that fist-sized peach is one serving.
Disappointed that watermelon, one of summer’s most popular healthy fruit treats didn’t make it? Watermelon is very high in sugar, but it is also high in nutrients, so no need to eliminate it from you summer entirely.
Watermelon is high in Vitamin C, but it gets the judges’ best scores for lycopene. What is lycopene? In simple terms, it’s what makes watermelon red! Lycopene is a carotenoid, a natural color pigment. It is only in the last decade that lycopene has become widely recognized as a potential protector against the risk of certain types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. One of the more unusual aspects of watermelon is its rich supply of the amino acid, citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems (including cells that line our blood vessels) into arginine (another amino acid).
While we could write a book about the health benefits of summer fruit and document the scientific merits of each, I believe that fabulous summer fruit “in the season thereof” it is our Heavenly Father’s way of saying “Enjoy life! Enjoy food! Choose wisely and enjoy the treats that I have created for you.”
Who could ask for anything more?!