What do most people want more of? Besides time that is. Energy! Yes, it’s one of those complaints I hear quite frequently. “Leila, how do I get more energy?” Well, I think it’s a much more complex question because energy production in the body has a lot to do with a variety of issues such as hormones, stress, sleep, nutrition, mental, emotional and much more. However, since I know they just want a simple answer and not one of my more complicated ones I will pose the answer more simplistically and, focus on nutrition or more specifically which fruits help stabilize blood sugar.
Now, let’s think about the body as a car for a minute, you’d never put diesel fuel into an unleaded only car, would you? No way! Most people wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong fuel into their cars especially if they have a really expensive, state of the art car like a Maserati (my secret fantasy car). So, why not think of your body in the same manner? Our bodies require energy the same way our cars do so why put the wrong fuel into the body? Is it less important than a car? When the body breaks down from eating the wrong foods, you will no longer be able to enjoy that car or anything else for that matter so, might as well get it right with the body first.
So, which fruits are best? Choosing the right carbohydrates or fruits is critical to keeping your blood sugar stabilized and for proper energy production. Sucrose and sugar from fruit help stabilize the blood sugar because they are disaccharides which, means they contain both glucose and fructose. Unlike starchy vegetables and grains that break down into pure glucose, sucrose breaks down into glucose and fructose which lowers insulin.
I’ll reiterate again that if you want more energy you’ll have to eat ‘carbs’ yes, that’s what I said, carbs but, you’ll need to eat the right ones that come from fruits and vegetables. It’s important for fat loss as well. Going on a low carb diet is death to your metabolism and cells. All carbs are turned into glucose which serves as the preferred fuel source for every cell in your body. Stable cells have a constant supply of glucose. Carbohydrates allows cells to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is a currency of energy that is spent in order to make chemical reactions occur. If the diet isn’t supplying adequate glucose to cells, the body will convert its own tissues to glucose (gluconeogenesis) to supply this vital fuel. Going low carb isn’t the answer, eating the best carbs for your body is.