"If you don't eat fruit, how do you get nutrients?"

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"If you don't eat fruit, how do you get nutrients?"


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Old 02-11-2011, 14:19   #1
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I was actually asked this question last night by a pretty educated person!

She then proceeded to tell me I need to drink Acai juice every day ... "ONLY 7 CARBS!"

Here is a helpful link ... WebMD ... http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/acai...ealth-benefits


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I get comments like that all the time from some of my lady friends. They all assume since I have lost weight that I must be starving myself. When we have luncheons I am very careful about what I eat. I keep explaining to them how I eat and that I get plenty of calories. The only food I don't eat is fruit and processed carbs. I'm not sure if those are necessary food groups. Of course these people that make these comments are usually overweight and have BP problems and are on tons of meds.

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I had the impression she was in one of the acai pyramid schemes ... telling me about improved lipids, etc. SIGH.

And of course ALL her relatives have T2D.

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foxl - you should have asked her how this 'stuff' is working for HER relatives and then come back to tell you how wonderful it is.

jwags - you have done a wonderful job of losing weight and I would ignore anyone who tries to give you their opinion to the contrary.

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Oh, her "ignorant, obese," relatives refuse to take her advice, of course!

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Okkkay.....then you could have asked her how much she makes from every sale? Chances are you could probably buy the same type of stuff at a large grocery store. I know I've seen it in our store and it is a bit pricey, however there are a sizeable number of people who do buy it. Can't say as I've ever tried it though. I prefer to "spend" my carbs on something else.

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I buy acai berry juice at costco. It's 'cheap like borscht' there.

I don't necessarily believe it's that much better than blueberries or blackberries, etc., but since all berries are expensive in Canada, I figure I'll try different ones at different times.

1/2 cup of acai juice doesn't spike me any more than a serving of any other berry.

Berries (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry), granny smith apples and a small orange (mandarin or clementine) are all I ever eat for fruits. Or 1/2c servings of pure fruit juice made from berries, oranges or apples). Cherries haven't been bad for me, but are too expensive up here.

Bananas are NOT my friend, I've found out. Just can't get totally green ones here.

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I have never tried the acai berry juice. Is it like the taste of blueberries or something more tart?

Bananas are NOT my friend either

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I bought the small bottles of Acai extract. I think a serving was only 1 ounce. I would mix it in my smoothies. I thought it was kind of bitter. I didn't notice any magical properties though. I think most of us have been brainwashed into thinking we have to have fruit otherwise we will die. Any nutrient in fruit is found in vegetables for a lot fewer carbs.

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... Any nutrient in fruit is found in vegetables for a lot fewer carbs.
Actually, with the exception of beans there is nothing else as high in antioxidants as berries. There is a 2004 study by the USDA listing many antioxidant amounts for servings of particular foods. Amazingly Dried Red, Pinto and Kidney beans scored as high in antioxidants as wild blueberries.

Also of note, heating (cooking, steaming, etc.) can damage much of the vitamins/nutrients in veggies, as such raw are often higher in nutrients. Most of us eat our fruit raw, but often cook veggies.

The downside is the fructose... so if fructose is a problem for your BG's, then watch it. But berries are both low GI/GL and high in antioxidants.

And re: Acai ...it's definitely not as sweet as most berries we N.Americans consume...

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