FIRST: there is more fruit available to more people than ever before. We are now able to import fruit from other countries during off seasons, and most people living in the Western world have access to at least some fruit year round. Many areas have access to an abundance of fruit all year long, something that was not available a century ago before the dramatic improvements to refrigeration and transportation systems, which has ultimately improved the lives of millions. Take advantage of the access we now have to fruit in abundance.
Throughout the centuries, fruit has been known to be one of the most healing foods available to us on this planet. In the past couple of decades, however, you may have noticed a shift in our perception of bananas, apples, melons, and mangoes. Many people have begun to fear fruit so much so that they avoid it altogether.
This incredible deviation from our historical worship of fruit is due to the lies that originate from the very top of our health industries in both conventional and alternative health. If you yourself are afraid of consuming fruit, let the information in this article set the record straight on the powerful healing properties of this food group and the countless critical benefits they can bring you and your family.
Fruit is actually the most important food to eat when healing from disease; and yet many people are avoiding it intentionally because they have fallen prey to fruit fear propaganda, unaware that they are hurting their health by avoiding fruit. Three things are happening concurrently in this disturbing reality.
SECOND: while more people around the globe have access to fresh and even organic fruit throughout the year, people are consuming less fruit than ever before. This is due to hidden agendas and misinformation that have warned us to stay away from fruit because of the sugar content, the misleading and inaccurate tests that tell some they are fructose intolerant, and the heavy focus on trendy high-fat diets that are claimed to be healthy. Supermarkets have mountains of gorgeous fruit in February that customers are passing by because someone told them fruit should be avoided.
THIRD: people are suffering from more chronic illness today than ever before. More and more people are going to their doctors and practitioners due to chronic fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, vertigo, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations, acne, gallstones, kidney stones, arthritis, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s, candida, eczema, hives, diabetes, acid reflux, and other unexplained symptoms and conditions.
My work is dedicated to helping people heal from symptoms and conditions that are mysterious to their practitioners with the undiscovered truth about what’s behind these and countless other mystery chronic illnesses and symptoms. But research and science is decades behind where it should be in order to get people to their greatest sense of health and more and more people are becoming sicker. Over the past several years, fruit has been blamed for this rise in illness and symptoms. However, people are eating less fruit and getting more sick.
There is a movement at the top of our health industries, both conventional and alternative, that is intentionally trying to steer you away from eating fruit, even though fruit has been known to be healthful and necessary for our well-being since the beginning of time. It may be difficult to believe that those in the medical world do not have our best interest in mind. However, the medical industry is just that: an industry.
As much as we try to think of the entire world of health care as pure in motive, it is still a business, and a massive one at that. When money is involved, especially to the degree it is in the medical industry, motivations are skewed and greed creeps in. If the population eats less fruit, the medical industry makes more money from pharmaceuticals, procedures, and care that suddenly become vastly more necessary due to the increase in chronic illness.
Please know that I am not talking about the incredible doctors, surgeons, and carers we are blessed to have. Doctors and health practitioners of all kinds are life-savers and compassionate healers. They are highly intelligent people with the best of intentions and are unfortunately trapped in an industry that runs on hidden agendas.
Fruit, on the other hand, has very little money involved. It is not an industry with lobbyists, interests groups, and heavily funded research profiting off of illness. In fact, this is why there is very little funded scientific research surrounding fruit.
No one wants to fund a study on bananas because there is no money in bananas. There’s only money lost in the medical industry due to consumers eating bananas and as a result improving their health and having less medical dependence. And, unlike pharmaceutical companies and interest groups, banana farmers do not have the money to fund their own scientific research in order to convince the population to eat more of their product.
It is uncomfortable to think about science and research in this way, but it is the reality we are dealing with that is dramatically and negatively shifting the way and types of food people are consuming. As a result, people are sicker than ever.
Another major factor in the anti-fruit movement is the individuals that have been intentionally perpetuating these fruit fear lies. The idea that bananas are bad for you stemmed from one person originally, as did the idea that you should stay away from watermelon, apricots, and oranges. This person was about to release a line of fruit pills, which consumers would not buy if they were eating fruit in its natural form. This person marketed the product as a healthier alternative to fruit, which of course wasn’t true. Sadly, many people believed the clever marketing and a wildfire of misinformation started to spread. It’s easy to still be affected today by this early attack on fruit that happened in years past.
The internet has since been aflame with the idea that avoiding fruit is the healthiest choice, that fruit causes health problems and weight gain, and that the sugar in fruit is the same thing as the sugar in cookies and candy. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
Fruit is the healthiest and most healing food available to us and it’s essential for anyone suffering with a chronic illness or symptom. The anti-sugar movement has convinced people that cutting sugar from your diet in the forms of candy, soda, and frosting, should also including cutting out peaches, pineapple, and strawberries.
The amount of work that has been put into the anti-fruit movement has been rewarded, and millions of people around the world are now convinced fruit is unhealthy. It is more than easy to fall for the idea that fruit could be dangerous, especially because the health industries and magazines create so much confusion around the idea. And the strongest tactic the anti-fruit movement takes is fear.
They scare you with poor science and calling diets with fruit incorporated in them risky. Many people are not sure on the matter and have simply decided to avoid fruit just in case what they are currently being told is true. The trendy high-fat diets of today in particular perpetuate this mass wave of fruit fear, placing fruit and processed sugar in the same basket instead of understanding and differentiating between the two.
Fruit contains water, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants along with its critical glucose. This is not even remotely the same as the processed and damaging sugar found in a piece of candy, chocolate cake, or ice cream cone that has no nutrient value.
The reason this issue is so important is because fruit is in fact the most important food group to consume in order to protect you and your loved ones from chronic illness and a lifetime of unnecessary suffering. As I will explain further below, fruit not only prevents illness, it slows down aging, kills off pathogens, and heals our bodies on a cellular level. When we are told to fear fruit, we are essentially being told to avoid the very thing that will bring us the most life. There is so much misinformation surrounding fruit that is essential to debunk for the sake of yours and your family’s health and well-being.
There is a rumor circulating that we should avoid eating fruit out of season that has been shipped from another part of the world in which the fruit is in season. This is one of those lies that has perpetuated fruit fear. While a melon may not be in season in your part of the world, it was grown while in season in another part. This means the fruit contains all of the same vitamins and minerals as when you purchase it during your local melon season. If you can get your hands on fruit that is not in season for your area, do not be afraid of it because it is a miracle that it is in your store.
In fact, this is a good reminder of the old times centuries ago in which kings and queens would have fruit delivered from exotic lands in order to keep eating fruit throughout the year to stay healthy. Royalty would have access to fruit that the peasants would not. Yesteryear kings and queens lived for much longer than peasants because of the fruit they consumed. Undoubtedly, the ample amounts of vitamin C they consumed from fruit kept their immune system stronger. Let this be a way for us to remember how grateful we should be that we have access to fruit all year long.
Many people avoid fruit due to hybridization; however, this is another example of where information went bad. Hybridization is not the same thing as GMO (genetically modified organisms).
When a fruit is GMO, that means the plant was altered on a genetic level, and it is one of the most devastating things that is happening to our food right now. Thankfully, the anti-GMO movement is doing an incredible job at ensuring non-GMO foods get labeled appropriately so consumers can start to be aware of this issue, which has disastrous effects on our health.
Hybridization, on the other hand, is completely different. We have been conducting hybridization for centuries, as far back as 3,500 years ago in China; and it is a perfectly natural process given to us in order to discover all of the varieties of fruits and vegetables.
For example, when you create a new kind of apple or cross a plum with an apricot, this is not a genetic modification process. In genetic modification, genes from unrelated species are isolated, collected, and tweaked in order to produce a certain desired outcome. The processes of hybridization, on the other hand, include cross-pollination and grafting, which are perfectly natural and should not be considered dangerous at all.
Furthermore, hybridization opens up new spheres of nutritional and phytochemical possibilities. Newly created fruits from cross-pollination and grafting create undiscovered antioxidants and anthocyanins that can benefit us greatly. In fact, hybridization is how we have come to where we have. It is how our own species has made it this far.
A very long time ago, there was only one kind of apple. But through hybridization, we have thousands of varieties of apples growing around the world today, which has created more and more nutrients that are helping to keep us alive.
When we hybridize, the new kind of plant changes in a way we cannot even perceive. Some roots go deeper, some roots stretch wider, some plants draw up different nutrients from the soil, and some absorb the sun in a different way. All of these characteristics not only bring a different flavor and appearance to the new fruit; it also brings that new platter of nutrients to the table.
There are so many examples of the beautiful varieties of fruit we can now enjoy thanks to hybridization. The boysenberry is a hybrid between a blackberry and raspberry. The Meyer lemon is a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin. The Tangelo is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, or a pomelo.
There are many nutrients that are not necessary for our survival, but we need vitamin C. We cannot live without it. It is absolutely necessary in order to continue living. And what are the highest vitamin C sources? All of the different fruits available to us. The question will probably be asked, if this were true, how could someone who never eats fruit be able to continue living? The answer is that a lot of people accidentally get vitamin C without realizing it because many processed foods are fortified with synthetic vitamins, or they take multivitamins that contain a small amount of vitamin C, or they simply eat a piece of fruit randomly from a blueberry muffin, slice of apple pie, or snack on an apple on occasion.
One of the biggest reasons fruit is so important to eat is because it stops pathogens in their tracks. So many people have viruses and bacteria that cause the mystery symptoms and conditions I mentioned above. But the degree to which pathogens are responsible for chronic illnesses and symptoms and how many mutated strains and types there are isn’t yet known by medical science and research. In the midst of trying to heal from these conditions, fruit is our best friend because it stops viruses and kills bacteria. For example, when someone has streptococcus, which is the true undiscovered cause of SIBO, sinus pain and congestion, otitis media, UTIs, intestinal disorders, sore throats, styes, and cystic acne, the bacteria is often living in various parts of the body.
When you eat fruit, it kills off the bacteria and begins to remove it from the body. However, fruit often gets the blame for the conditions mentioned here, when it is actually a pathogen that’s taken up residence and is causing the issues. When people have SIBO, they are told to stay away from sugar, including all fruit. Of course, sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup should be avoided because this will wreak havoc on your intestinal tract, especially if you are dealing with something like SIBO. Fruit, though, should be eaten in abundance to kill off the streptococcus causing the condition.
We all hear that fruit has antioxidants, but what does that mean? In short, fruit stops and prevents oxidation, which is the process that ages us. Additionally, fruit prevents toxic heavy metals, which almost all of have some of in our brains from oxidizing. When toxic heavy metals oxidize, it creates a poisonous chemical pool that contaminates brain cells and lowers electrical impulse activity. This oxidation process can lead to many different neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s, ADHD, memory loss, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. Fruit, wild blueberries especially, help prevent this oxidation and stop the brain from rotting in response to these poisons. Fruit helps not only neurological conditions, but every single one of the thousands of symptoms and illnesses people are suffering with.
Sugar, while it may sound like an enemy to avoid because of our conditioning, actually runs every single cell in our body, especially our brain. It’s just a matter of having the right kind of sugar that’s found in fresh fruits and high-carbohydrate vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes. You might have heard that the brain is made up mostly of fat. This is a trendy theory that is popular today, but also inaccurate. In truth, the brain is made of stored glycogen, which is primarily glucose. When you experience brain fog, it typically means your brain is not getting enough sugar to keep it running properly. In fact, if you do not have sufficient glucose getting into your cells, you will die. It is absolutely essential to keep us going. Fat, on the other hand, is non-essential for survival.
If you try to cut out all sugar and carbohydrates from your diet entirely, your body will use up every bit of its glucose reserves to keep you alive but eventually you either will not live long or you will soon cave and find yourself “giving in” and eating a chocolate bar in the middle of the candy aisle before you make it to the register, pinching sweet potato fries from your friend while you eat your lettuce wrapped grass fed beef burger, or find yourself craving a glass of wine or beer at the end of each day (all of which contain sugar, although not the healthy kind.)
We crave sugar and sweet things for a reason. It’s also critical to know this undiscovered truth: every nutrient we need can not be absorbed unless it is accompanied by glucose! That means that no matter how many supplements you eat or how organic or pure your food is, unless you have enough glucose to deliver the nutrients into your cells, they won’t be helping you.
Many people who blame fruit for pain, discomfort, or any of the conditions or symptoms listed above (or others that may not have been listed) may simply have too much fat in their diets. This is also the case for those who think they cannot eat fruit due to “fructose intolerance.” A high-fat diet does not necessarily mean one of the trendy diets calling itself low-carb. Almost any diet can be too high in fat. In fact, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is extremely high in fat without meaning to be. Hamburgers, french fries, bacon, yogurt, milk, cheese, and chicken breasts, oil, foods consumed regularly on the SAD, have very high fat content.
If someone is eating a low-carb diet, they may not realize they are actually eating high amounts of fat. Even though these diets claim to be high in protein, it’s actually impossible to eat the high-protein foods people are told to eat without avoiding the fat. Even chicken breast without the skin is loaded with fat. Additionally, if you eat a vegetarian diet, you may still consume a great deal of dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt, kefir, sour cream, ice cream, and butter, all of which are full of fat. A high-fat vegan diet is also very common with too much consumption of nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut, and oils.
The reason too much fat in the diet is problematic with fruit consumption, and the reason people may point the finger at the fruit, is that the sugar has nowhere to go. When your blood is filled up with that much fat nonstop, even the healthiest kinds, your liver becomes congested with fat cells from year after year of consuming a high-fat diet. Your liver has to exhaust itself creating the bile composition and amount necessary to help prevent your high-fat diet from hurting you and your liver starts to break down and its reserves begin to diminish. Over time, this leads to weight gain and a whole host of illnesses and symptoms. Additionally, the linings of your intestinal tract and the bottom of the stomach become lined with fat and eventually the fat goes rancid. The fat hardens on the linings as it is putrefying; however, the liver’s bile is not strong enough to clear out the the fat so it continues to rot and stay exactly where it is, which also causes health complications.
Then, when you try to eat some fruit such as an apple, the pulp, skin, and pectin start to move the rancid fat and push it down. When this happens, you may begin to detox and purge these fats and other toxins, possibly causing you to experience discomfort, acne breakouts, indigestion, headaches, rashes, or other symptoms.
If you do not detox, you may still experience discomfort because you are feeling the old fat lining move out, which is not always pleasant in the intestinal tract and stomach.
However, you cannot blame the fruit for doing what it is meant to do, which is helping you to stay alive and heal you. You also can’t blame fruit for the discomfort caused by the fat still sitting in your intestine from a lifetime of knowingly or unknowingly eating high fat foods which can lead to heart attacks, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, and so much more.
Many people believe they are not allowed to eat fruit because they are allergic to sugars and intolerant to fructose, according to a test they took at the doctor’s office. However, in this case, it is also the fat to blame, and not the fruit. When old fat is putrefying as it sits in the linings of the intestinal tract, or new fats are constantly filling the bloodstream every day, any sugar in the fruit you eat will be very difficult to assimilate because the sugar cannot absorb past that thick layer of fat. Thus, a breath test will indicate you have sugar in your breath because the sugar was unable to go anywhere. It was blocked by all the fat.
Furthermore, the fructose intolerance tests administered today are simply inaccurate. I have seen people who are labeled as fructose intolerant but have no problem eating fruit. In fact, when they do eat fruit, they see their health problems go away. Fructose intolerance tests pick up on any sugar that is present in the body.
Even if you ate a chocolate bar five days before, this can trigger the test. Something that almost always triggers the test is the lactose in dairy, such as a piece of cheese, which is actually loaded with sugar. For this reason, the test simply isn’t an accurate tool in the first place and is inherently flawed.
Another test that puts fruit fear in people is an enzyme test that concludes whether someone is Hereditary Fructose Intolerant (HFI). If someone is told they are HFI, the doctors cannot find an enzyme in the liver called aldolase b. However, do not be confused.
Everyone has this enzyme in their liver, but it is diminished when the person eats a high-fat diet, as are hundreds of other enzymes. If you begin to eat plenty of fruit and lower your fat levels, this enzyme will return. In truth, it is not possible to have a real fructose intolerance. The tragedy is that the thing being taken away from people, fruit, is the very cure for not having aldolase b. HFI is a neglectful diagnosis.
When you bring fruit back into your diet and lower your fat intake, no matter what kind of diet you subscribe to or whether you’re paleo, ketogenic, vegetarian, or vegan, you will be able to experience healing in the liver and your so-called fructose intolerance can disappear. Fruit feeds every single one of your cells with vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals. No matter where your family line is from, fruit is meant for your consumption.
Fruit from all over the world provides the most amazing healing benefits that people are missing out on due to false information about fructose intolerance.
Before you believe information someone is about to tell you, make sure you think twice. Fruit is not the enemy. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Fruit is our savior and I have seen it save peoples’ lives time and time again. For example, bananas are another fruit that has a bad reputation due to the constant barrage it experiences from the anti-fruit movement. But I have seen people with Crohn’s disease who were suffering for years and were about to get major surgery start to eat ripe bananas and celery juice and their symptoms completely healed.
The most ironic part about people being afraid of fruit, due to the misinformation as well as the discomfort they may experience when too much fat is in their diet, is that the very thing they are avoiding is what is going to make them feel better. Fruit will not make you fat; it may help you lose weight. Fruit does not cause acne; it helps heal you from the bacteria that causes it. Fruit does not cause indigestion; it is running into the fat lining the interior of the intestine.
Fruit does not cause diabetes; it is the fat that is blocking the sugar from getting into the cells and creating insulin resistance. Fruit does not cause brain fog; it can help you have a clear mind because your brain actually runs on sugar and is made of glucose. When it comes to fruit, there truly is nothing to be afraid of. It is your ally, your best friend, your healer, and your savior.
No matter what diet you subscribe to, begin lowering your fat intake and start to bring more fruit into your diet every day. You can take it as slowly as you need. If you feel wonky or symptomatic, try dropping your fat intake even lower so you can bring more fruit in. Take it one step at a time and one day at a time.
Anthony William – Medical Medium