Many thanks for your comment, Richard. My understanding has expanded …

Comment on Why very high fruit diets are a *disaster* for most of us by Sarah Best.

Many thanks for your comment, Richard. My understanding has expanded a good deal since I wrote this article, especially now as I’m in full-time research mode for a book on these very topics 🙂 You are spot on about protein’s effect on insulin – a phenomenon I wasn’t aware of back then. But sugar turns to fat all too easily as sugar in the bloodstream ALWAYS triggers an insulin release. The more sugar, the more insulin, and insulin is the fat-storage hormone. Body fat comes from sugar/carbs primarily and excess protein next (due to the insulin connection you highlighted). Dietary fat is the macronutrient LEAST likely to turn to body fat, due to the fact it’s the one of the three that doesn’t trigger the release of insulin! I now realise that as long as we stick to good fats, we can consume much higher quantities than we’ve been told without gaining weight, as long as we’re not (a) eating silly amounts of it, or (b) triggering insulin surges by overdoing the carbs or protein. And there is no health downside either. In fact, good fats are essential for health and not getting enough of them is one of the leading causes of ill health. But I would certainly agree with you on fruit diets and deficiencies, and on the havoc wrought by diets too high in polyunsaturated fats – especially the ubiquitous omega-6s.

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Why very high fruit diets are a *disaster* for most of us
Some excellent points there, OK ‚Ä쬆thank you for the share! 🙂

Why very high fruit diets are a *disaster* for most of us
You’re welcome, Jennie, and I wish you luck. Cutting out fruit may well make a difference, but there could be other factors causing this. See how you go with this new plan and if you’re not getting the results you want, health coaching could help you to do that. This is something I offer, and if you’d like to find out about it, go here.

Why very high fruit diets are a *disaster* for most of us
I used to think just as you do, Nofu, so I can totally relate to your point of view. But the reality is most people do not thrive long term on high-fruit diets (let alone fruit-only diets). If you’re healthy and tolerate fructose well, they can work as a short-term cleanse. But high-fruit is not a savvy (nor safe) long-term diet strategy.

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