Natural Sugars Are Not The Same As Refined Sugars

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Sugar, no matter what form it comes in, is known as a simple carbohydrate. The body converts carbohydrates into glucose to use for energy. Where you get your sugar, however, can influence your overall health.

 

Some people have a skewed perception of the sugar in fruits. The reality is that the sugars in fruits are not the same as refined sugars in packaged foods, and they don’t behave the same way either. Natural sugars like fructose are found in fruits, and these fruits can aid the prevention of free radicals, heart disease, and cancer. Refined sugars, on the other hand, come from sugar beets or sugar cane and are processed to extract the sugar. This is known as sucrose, the combination of fructose and glucose. Food manufacturers add processed sugars like high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, or brown sugar to crackers, instant oatmeal, yogurt, salad dressings, beverages, sauces, and more. These foods contain little to no nutritional value.

 

The sugars that are in fruits are accompanied by antioxidants, fiber, water, and a variety of vitamins and minerals that work to prevent blood glucose levels from spiking. These added nutrients also help to increase insulin sensitivity. This isn’t to say that sugars in fruit can’t spike blood sugar levels, because they can; rather, it is to say that the body uses much less insulin to metabolize the sugars in fruits than it does to metabolize the sugars in packaged foods.

 

Glycemic Index Vs. Glycemic Load:

Diabetics typically have to pay attention to the glycemic index (GI) in various foods. The GI score ranges from 1-100, the score indicating how quickly the food can raise blood sugar levels. While the GI is important, the glycemic load (GL) may be of equal importance, because it is a more accurate way of determining how the foods you eat affect your blood sugar over time. Foods with low GI and low GL can help control blood sugar levels.

 

Metabolism Matters:

The body metabolizes sugars from fruit differently than it does refined or added sugars. Refined sugars are metabolized quickly, raising blood sugar levels and causing you to remain hungry. There is no real nutrition and the food is quickly digested, which explains why you can eat a pint of ice cream or a bag of chips without feeling full. Fruits, on the other hand, typically contain fiber, which helps to slow metabolism and lead to the gradual release of sugar into the bloodstream.

 

There’s one thing we have to warn you about. The amount of sugar that is already present in your system can determine how the body uses the sugar you eat, no matter if it comes from a candy bar or an apple. Excess sugar in the body can cause the sugar you consume to form fat or glycogen, which is glucose that is stored for energy.

 

The Big Picture:

You have to keep in mind that eating a small amount of high-GI foods will affect your blood sugar the same way that eating a large amount of low-GI foods will. Watermelon, for instance, has a GI of 72, which is considered high, but most people aren’t eating an entire watermelon in one sitting. That GI number is based on 50 grams of carbohydrates, which is the amount used to measure every food’s GI number. The GL combines the quality of the sugar and the quantity of carbohydrates consumed; therefore, eating one cup of watermelon means that you are eating a GL of 9, which is very low.

 

When you are making food choices, it is always best to opt for whole foods, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. You want sweet potatoes and quinoa as opposed to white bread or refined grains. It is important to pay attention to your food choices, focus on portion control, and steer clear of sugar additives in order to balance your blood sugar in the long term. Your body learns to love the food you feed it, so feeding it healthy food means you’ll begin to prefer healthier foods and flavors.

 

If you are still on the fence about fruits, try consuming 80% vegetables and 20% fruits during your cleanse. The fruits below have a GI of 55 or lower and a GL of 10 or lower.

  • Oranges
  • Kiwis
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Plums
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Nectarines
  • Cherries
  • Avocados
  • Bananas

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    Q: While doing a candida cleanse, it was told to me that I should be following a raw food diet full of fruits and vegetables. Fruits have high sugar content and can feed a candida overgrowth, as it is a well known fact that candida albicans thrive on sugar. How can I justify eating fruits high in sugar? Thank you for your comments. Ozzy

    A: Yes, when you have a candida issue it's best to avoid refined sugar. Sugar from a natural source like fruits should be consumed moderately. In your case it would be best to consume fruits mainly in the mornings for breakfast when your body maximizes on food the most, avoiding the ones that are very high in sugar.

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    Q: I have purchased and started your FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) but I need your advice. I'm a so-called diabetic, I'm not overweight 5'9" 140lbs. I've read many of your articles including the one titled "Can I take my medication with FBD?" The first day I started the detox, I didn't take my meds and all I ate was fruits and veggies but my blood sugar was higher than it had been in a long time...356 to be exact. So I stopped and started this week, while taking my meds and it's still been higher than normal...in the 200's range. I understand that you stated that the herbs would be working against the meds since they're considered poisons in the body. My concern is this, I want to continue to cleanse my body but I don't want my blood sugar to stay out of control for an extended period of time...for obvious reasons. My question is, what do you suggest I do in continuing this cleanse? Will the FBD regulate my blood sugar levels over the next 2 weeks as my body begins to repair itself? Or should I continue taking my meds until I'm done with the cleanse? I plan to do the pancreas cleanse next. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Peace

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    Like we clearly and unequivocally explain in so many of our articles, the body is and will regulate itself and you will see this via fluctuation. Levels will be up and down and inconsistent. Your body is going to heal in its own way so if you are concerned about high levels for extended periods of time, you may want to take your meds and refrain from taking the herbs until your levels reach a level you feel safe with. You know, religion is not the only thing that requires faith. Healing requires faith too!

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    Q: I just purchased the Pancreas Kit for children, for my 4 year old who was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I have been feeding her a raw diet of just vegetables. The diet includes no dairy, no grains, and fruit for a week. I also started the Pancreas kit last week too. I was wondering if there is any reason why her blood sugar levels would go up? All she is eating is veggies, and her sugar levels are at 300 most of the time. Even if she doesn't eat anything, it still goes up to 300. I also know it says you cannot tell us not to give, or not to give her insulin, or not. I am still currently giving it to her. Does the pancreas kit work just as well if the are receiving insulin or not? Or does it hinder the process?. I would really appreciate other advise you would offer. Thanks so much!

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    Drugs and herbs don't mix! They cancel each other out. The blood sugar will go up and down due to the body attempting to regulate, and normalize the blood sugar levels. Perfectly normal! It's called "healing crisis. Whatever you guys choose to do, simply keep monitoring the person. Ask the person how he/she feels (very important).

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    It's her choice! What can or will a doctor who has an interest in DRUGS tell her about herbs that he/she doesn't get a kickback from??????

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    Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

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    I humbly and respectfully submit: How could I specifically know that? How could I know what YOUR body will do? Do you understand where I'm coming from? The best way to discover anything is to do it - experience it for yourself. Your question is very legitimate, but again, how could anyone know in advance what your body will do while cleansing?

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    Ideally, 3 capsules should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. When cravings are strong, and addition 3 capsules should be taken in the course of the day, or after you have eaten something sweet.

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    Q: I am a 55 year old female. I have an overactive bladder. I am trying to control it myself, without medication. I have not tried herbs. I eat fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins (not beef or pork). I added back more meat proteins 1 1/2 years ago because I was becoming so tired and lacking energy. (I read The Schwartzbein Diet, which helped convince me to add more protein.) I don't eat much sugar, salt (only 500 mg./day) or hardly any processed foods. I drink water and licorice tea, because it makes me feel good. I believe in the power of positive thinking. Can you help me with this?

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    The steps you are taking in your diet are a great start. Try going raw, and eliminating grains and meat altogether. You can get enough protein and healthy fats with avocado, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, coconut. You can also add Vegan Protein Powder to smoothies.

    I also recommend you give our Full Body Cleanse a try to further detoxify your entire body. After detoxing, the ideal formula for you is our Kidneys Bladder-Adrenal formula.

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    If you can't afford the full kit or kits, order and drink some of our Herbal Teas to help maintain the pancreas in its normal healthy secretion. Cinnamon Tea can also provide additional benefits.

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    Q: Thanks so much for all the wonderful info! I had a chance to look at some of your products and I like what I see. There is so much good stuff here. I just finished a 60 day sugar/fat cleanse. I basically cut out all diary, white sugar, flour, pasta, etc (I was already eating a veggie diet) I did very well with the cleanse and I want to keep it going. I lost almost 20 pounds, but I started eating a little differently, since I had some events for the past couple weeks and the weight started coming back on. I'm aware that I have a slow metabolism, but I do exercise (4 to 5x a week) and I generally eat pretty well. I have about another 40 pounds I want to loose and continue to be healthy and energetic. Also, my husband and I are also trying to have our first child. Do you have any suggestions?

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    We would recommend that you give our Full Body Cleanse a try. It will help you lose additional weight and rejuvenate your body. Once completed, try the Fertility Kit, which is a 20 Day program and regimen that consists of herbs, elixirs, affirmations, inhaler, and dietary program to help naturally enhance fertility.

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    Q: Hi family, my blood sugar reading is 78 is this too low? If so what can you offer to help bring it to where it should be? Thanks in advance.

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    You can normalize blood sugar levels by drinking cinnamon, licorice, and Stevia herbal tea (daily). Stay away from synthetic sugars too! Drink plenty of vegetable juice as well!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: I am a woman who happens to be diabetic and now I am pregnant. I would like to know what foods I should eat and restrain from while I am still pregnant. I am also taking insulin to keep my blood sugar levels low enough as not to harm my baby. They are telling me I need to eat dairy and meat to meet the dietary requirements for a healthy baby. Please help me.

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    Congratulations on your pregnancy. New life is such a wonderful thing!

    We recommend that you drink our Pancreas tea (1-2 cups a day).

    Eat plenty of cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Abstain from dairy products and meat products. If anything, eat meat-less (vegan) alternatives -- you can find plenty in our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual ($11).

    Eat plenty of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. You can eat steamed vegetables and brown and/or wild rice (with vegan chicken if you like). Just switch meat for vegan products and switch to non-dairy products or dairy alternatives (which can be found in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle manual) in order to receive the necessary nutrition without any harmful side effects.

    For great nutrition for your baby, we recommend the following Dherbs formulas: PRE-NATAL FORMULA, VITAMIN C FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS, and Iodine Formula.

    For natural sugar, try Stevia, Agave Nectar, and/or Grade B maple syrup.

     

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

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    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!