Fruit & Fat


Both the Andean and Ayurvedic (Indian) health disciplines suggest that fruits are best eaten alone.  In the Andes, salty food is never mixed with sweet.  One reason for this is to improve digestion.  There is another reason why mixing fruit with other foods can create health problems.

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Our Florida greenhouse.  Merri and I grow many of our own fruits and vegetables.  See why below.

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One of the  several reasons why it is not healthy to combine fruit with other foods  is because it can increase body fat.  The problem is explained at a Lifespa.com article “Fruit Ayurvedic food combining guidelines” (1).

The article says: Glucose, the body’s main fuel supply, absorbs directly into the bloodstream. Fructose, however, requires processing through the liver and delivers energy much slower than glucose.

In fact, when a meal of glucose, fructose and sucrose are eaten at the same time, the glucose will be quickly delivered as energy. By the time the fructose is processed through the liver, the energy needs have often already been met by the glucose, and the excess fructose is simply stored as fat.  This is great for bears, as they will gorge themselves on fruit at the end of the summer/fall, in order to overshoot their energy needs and the extra is stored as winter insulation or fat.

So remember, the next time you eat some fruit with your granola, the granola will be quickly broken down into glucose, and the fructose portion of the fruit will be stored as fat.  If you were to eat fruit all by itself, it would deliver a slow, lasting burn of energy, and little or none would be stored as fat, depending on your energy needs.

There is other considerations about the healthiness of fruit… pesticides and contamination.

An AOL lifestyle article  “Strawberries are contaminated with pesticides, poisonous gases — even after it’s picked and washed” (2) outlines the problem.

The article says: Once again, strawberries have topped the “Dirty Dozen” list — they are hailed as the fruit “most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating”, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  Other produce listed includes spinach, nectarines, apples and potatoes.

Here is the list from the article of the most contaminated fruits:

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15 clean fruits are also listed in the AOL article.

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Merri and I have a lot of fruit growing on our land.  In Florida, we have blueberries, loquats, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit figs and grapes.  In North Carolina, we have apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries and blackberries.  Between harvests we buy our fruit and eat some every day, but never combined with salty food.  We soak all the fruits of our fruit and vegetables that we do not grow ourselves in Purely Green.  Details are below.

Gary

(1) lifespa.com: Fruit ayurvedic food combining guidelines

(2)  Strawberries are contaminated with pesticides, poisonous gases — even after it’s picked and washed

Food For Thought and Better Health With Purely Green

Merri and I take the cleanliness of our food supply seriously.

In North Carolina we eat a lot of wild food and vegetables we grow in our garden.

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surrounding our house with lettuce of all types, greens and herbs.

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Our greenhouse allows us to start our planting early.

In the spring nature provides us with dandelions and a wonderful lettuce (called branch lettuce) that grows wild in the creek later to be supplemented by Bee Balm and Echinacea for tea.

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Here is echinacea and tomatoes growing in front of our meditation room.

Here is a bit of our harvest.

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This time of year, we harvest our grapes and collect apples from our many apple trees.  We have acres of…

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wild blackberries in the summer and wild mountain strawberries in the late spring.

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Our chickens provide us with summer meals like this.

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We also have a greenhouse in Florida and start the gardening process again in winter.

In addition we have citrus, grapes, figs, blueberries and loquats that provide us with Florida fruit throughout the year.

These crops, plus trout in North Carolina, bass and panfish from our Florida lake allow us to eat less commercially grown food.

This gardening is fulfilling, provides gentle exercise and we find picking our own food especially satisfying.  Plus there are some enormous health benefits.

Dr. John Douillard at Lifespa.com (1) points out that “Environmental pollutants, cancer causing chemicals, plastics, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals and industrial waste overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification pathways.  Toxic cloud plumes from burning coal cover most of the United States and lace even our organic vegetables with heavy metals. Pesticides and preservatives have infiltrated their way into almost all the food consumed in America and can store in the body’s fat, including the brain, for years. Industrial wastes have permeated our ground water and can enter our body by simply washing our organic veggies with tap water.  Over time these stored chemicals undermine our immunity, render us susceptible to disease, infection and premature aging.”

This is why Merri and I clean our our vegetables and fruit, especially those we purchase in the store, with Purely Green 25.

I asked our friend, Ted Tidwell, who manufactures Purely Green to explain how this works.

Ted replied:  In order for pesticides to remain on the plant and effective during rains, they are encased in oil.  An ordinary vegetable wash that does not dissolve oil will permit pesticidal residues to remain on the plant and be ingested.

PurelyGreen is powerful enough to dissolve crude oil and tar, so it easily dissolves the oil and removes the poisonous pesticides.  Ted

Merri and I use Purely Green 25, diluted at the rate of two (2) ounces per quart of water is our preferred method for cleaning purchased fresh fruit and vegetables.

We simple spray our fruits and vegetables thoroughly and generously with Purely Green and let it penetrate for several minutes before rinsing.

This removes the oil encrusted toxic chemical pesticides that ordinary veggie washes cannot remove.

This also improves the taste by removing the oil and toxins and extends the freshness and edibility for several additional days.

Purely Green is certified carcinogen free.  Many consumers save the cost of expensive organic produce by removing the insecticides with Purely Green.  This organic cleaner/degreaser helps the environment and poses no threat to humans, animals or marine life.

Recently Ted sent this note to me:  EcoCert International has certified BioWash 25, BioWash 100 and BioWash Soil Amendment as ORGANIC.  This achievement will help enrich hundreds of distributors and thousands of organic growers.

ECOCERT (2) is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.  The company inspects about 70% of the organic food industry in France and about 30% worldwide. ECOCERT is also a leading certifier of fair trade food, cosmetics and textiles as per ECOCERT Fair Trade Standards.

Congratulations to Ted.  It is great to see other organizations confirm what we have known and have let readers know for decades.

There is also a huge financial savings.  Three quarts of 409 household cleaner delivered by Amazon.com is $16.98 or about $5.66 per quart before shipping.  You then have shipping costs or have to pay to be an Amazon Prime customer for free shipping.  But $5.66 per quart is about the best you’ll get for 409 household cleaner.

One gallon of Purely Green 25 is $96.  This is a concentrate that is mixed 15 to 1 (two ounces per appx. quart 30 ounces of water).  That gallon of Purely Green creates 64 quarts of ready to use at less than $2.00 per quart. 

There is one drawback to the Purely Green products, a high cost of shipping.   Ted does not offer Purely Green in stores and Fedex charges quite a bit for shipping.  The shipping, for a gallon averages out around $26 a gallon.  So the Purely Green and shipping are $122.

If you were to purchase the same amount of a traditional non organic house cleaner (such as Clorox 409) from Amazon.com,  you would pay $266.24 more.  

You can order one gallon here and the shipping is included.

One Gallon of Purely Green 25 $122. Buy Purely Green 25, one gallon

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We are bombarded daily with toxicities of every sort.  We see toxic news.  We are sold and served toxic food.  Much of our water supply contains poisons.  There are chemicals in the air.  Anything we can do to reduce the pollution that gets in our bodies can help us get and maintain natural health.  I hope that sharing this program for Purely Green will help create a cleaner world.

Gary

(1) Lifespa: Clean and Dirty Foods

(2) www.ecocert.com/en/organic-farming