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Welcome to The Dr. Gundry Podcast, the weekly podcast where Dr. G gives you the tools you need to boost your health and live your healthiest life.
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Welcome to this special mini episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast. Ever since I told my readers to give fruit the boot in my first book many years ago, people have labeled me as some kind of fruit hater. Well my wife, Penny, can tell you I am anything but a fruit hater. I have a yard full of fruit trees and vines. In fact, there are lots of fruits I absolutely love and recommend. So on today’s mini episode, I’m going to share a few of my favorite fruits and why I love them so much, easy tips for eating fruit in moderation and what it really means to eat your fruit in season. It’s a little more complicated than you might think. Okay, let’s start with a question I get all the time. Is fruit really bad for me? Well that depends.
First of all, our desire for fruit is deep seeded. All great apes, as I pointed out in my first book years ago, only gain weight during fruit season and fruit season only occurs once a year in the jungle. It doesn’t occur all year round. Apes didn’t know that you could genetically or hybridize fruit to bear fruit year round. So great apes only gain weight during fruit season. That’s because as you’ll learn in the energy paradox that we use fructose, the sugar in fruit, mainly to add fat to us. Why? Because the rest of the year, there wasn’t much food to eat. And those of us who could store fat, we are the fat storing ape after all, we’re much better off. So we have a distinct desire to get fruit in us and as much as we can find. So that’s why fructose is so desirable.
And number two, fructose unfortunately builds fat, builds triglycerides. And as a heart surgeon and cardiologist, I can tell you that the more fructose you eat, the higher your triglycerides will go, the higher your cholesterol will go, and you’re going to get fatty liver disease and run low on energy. So that’s why it’s not such a great idea. But you have heard me say in all my books to eat fruit in moderation. Now, people always want me to say, “Well what do you mean by moderation?” So here’s the deal. How many servings a day? You may have seen recently that new evidence came out that the idea of eating five fruits and vegetables a day is now being modified. So that in the good old days, people interpreted five servings of fruits and vegetables as basically, “Well I can eat five servings of fruit and that qualifies as eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.”
But in fact, the evidence is completely different. In fact, if you put rats on the five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and give them mostly fruit and some vegetables, they’ll all get fat and diabetic. If you give them mostly vegetables and some fruits, they won’t do that. So recently, the guidelines have been revised that the eat five a day should only be two fruits and three vegetables. Now, there’s a proviso to that because the vast majority of vegetables in people’s diets are actually fruits. Tomato is a fruit. Eggplant is a fruit. Squash is a fruit. Any of these vegetables with seeds are actually fruits. So you got to be very careful. You want to eat vegetables that don’t have seeds. So we’re beginning to realize how mischievous a lot of fruit can be in our diet. So what do you do? In moderation means probably one serving at the most per day. If you want to do two servings, please use low fructose fruits. And we’re going to get into that in the next segment.
One of the biggest recommendations in my best-selling book, The Longevity Paradox, was to eat in line with the seasons. Now, unless you only shop at your local farmer’s market, chances are you don’t know what’s in season and what’s not. So here’s a few tips. Look at the origin of the fruits that you’re buying. If it’s not grown in the United States, it’s probably not in season anywhere near you. It doesn’t matter that I live in California. If I see grown in Mexico or grown in Honduras, that’s not local to me. Particularly in the winter, we all see all these beautiful fruits coming from Chile and Argentina, and they look fresh, but they’re not, number one, and they’re certainly not in season. Bananas are not grown in United States. So a banana is not an in season fruit no matter when you pick it up. So get it produce calendar.
There’s actually a great website called Farm Flavor, where you can find a produce calendar for every state in the union. I’ll put a link in our show notes to it so you can go there. So it’ll tell you what fruits are growing in your state or other nearby states for every month of the year. That way, when you go to the grocery store, you know exactly what’s in season and what isn’t. Now, of course, if you live in California like I do, or Florida, or Arizona, you know that most vegetables and even some fruits are actually available all year round. Strawberries have been hybridized to produce strawberries throughout the year here in California. That doesn’t mean that they’re technically in seasons. Strawberries normally would only grow in the summer in most areas before they were hybridized. So buyer beware. All right, now it’s time to talk about what you’ve been looking for, my favorite fruits.
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Ever since I quit ,y work as a heart surgeon and opened my two restorative medicine centers, my mission has been the same, to help transform the health of every single person on the planet. That may sound crazy or even naive, but it really is my top priority. That’s why at 70-years-old, I still see patients six days a week. It’s why I continue writing books and producing The Dr. Gundry Podcast. And it’s why I’m asking you today to do something really important because you can play a big role in transforming lives too, by leaving a quick review of The Dr. Gundry Podcast on iTunes. And if you have any questions for me, drop one into your review and I’ll be sure to answer it on a future episode of the podcast.
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Believe it or not, there are a number of fruits that are quite low in fructose, and you really want to avoid the high fructose fruits. So my favorite ones are berries, particularly raspberries and blackberries. Surprisingly, blueberries have now been hybridized so much that they have much higher fructose than ever before. So blueberries of the berry family fall way down the list, boysenberries, mulberries, if you can find them, are also low fructose fruit. Now, here’s one that probably surprises you, kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruit, particularly if you eat the peel, the furry hairy part, has huge amounts of fiber and quite low fructose, making it actually one of the best bang for your bucks in eating fruit. Not much fructose, lots of fiber.
Another one is a crispy pear. Now, this is totally different than a ripe [inaudible 00:14:07] pear. A crispy pear is designed to stay crispy and not ripen. And it also has low fructose. But remember, once you allow anything, even a crispy pear, to ripen fully, it becomes a fructose bomb. There are persimmons in the fall that are relatively low in fructose. But be warned. I actually have two different patients who saw that persimmons are allowed on our lists because they have a lot of fiber quite honestly. And they went on a persimmon kick. And you wouldn’t believe what happened to them. Their insulin levels went up, their triglycerides through the roof. They each actually gained about 10 pounds just going on a healthy persimmon kick. And believe it or not that’s what fruit was designed to do, it was designed to have us gain weight.
Passion fruit is fantastic. High fiber, low fructose. Another one of my favorites is a pomegranate seeds. Do not drink pomegranate juice. You are concentrating the fructose whenever you’re having any juice, and that goes along with pomegranate juice. But the pomegranate seeds are actually mostly fiber and some really cool Omega fats that you really can’t get anywhere else but in the pomegranate seed. So those are my favorite in season fruits. A question I get all the time, “Well what happens if you take an in season fruit like berries and freeze them and then use them in the winter? Wouldn’t that be?” Okay. All I can tell you is that none of us evolved even recently to have year round fruit, even if it was picked in season. So it’s really one of the reasons I invented some of my best-selling products was to give you the benefits of the polyphenols and the fibers in fruits, removing the fructose which is the mischief maker. So please don’t fall for that trap.
Okay. So that’s my quick take on fruit. You’re going to see some fascinating new things in The Energy Paradox about fruit and why fructose in all its forms may be one of your biggest energy drainers there are. How about audience question? This week’s question comes from Anastasia [inaudible 00:16:52] on YouTube. She has asks, “Please answer for us. Does long fermentation in sourdough bread destroy WGA?” For those of you who don’t know WGA, that stands for wheat germ agglutinin, which is a very tiny lectin which can go through the wall of the gut without actually having leaky gut. The answer sadly is I have so many of my autoimmune patients who have tried long fermented regular wheat bread and have paid the costs. They almost always invariably reactivate their autoimmune disease, reactivate their leaky gut.
We’re rapidly finding much better flours and bread companies that make fermented safe flours, and please find them, look them up and use them. But particularly if you have leaky gut or an autoimmune disease, please be very wary of sourdough bread in any form that uses wheat, or rye, or barley, or oats. Finally, it’s time for our review of the week. This week’s review comes from Claudette Sheckler, who said this after my recent interview with Sayer Ji. “Thank you for having such a great guest. Just so interesting and a great plethora of information. Oh Lord, pray for our planet. Thank you from Guam.” Well thank you, Claudette. As you know, I’ve dedicated my career to getting this important life-changing information out to as many people as possible, and you can play a big role in transforming lives too.
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