Posts Tagged ‘diet’

How easily can the body make use of the sugars in fruit?

Many of us think of fruit as something we should be eating on a regular basis.   The ‘5 a day campaign’ certainly seems to push the benefits of eating fruit regularly, but what are the downsides?

The real answer here is that fruit can be both good and bad for your body, depending on your fitness goals.  If you are keen to lose body fat then you need to understand how food reacts once it is in the body before you can decide if, and when you should be eating it.  One of the key properties of most fruits is that they contain fructose.  Fructose is a sugar and in its native state cannot be directly absorbed by the body.  The body has to convert the fructose into glucose, which it does through the liver.  Once this process is complete the body will then release the glucose into the bloodstream.

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Can you eat a full english breakfast and still stay trim & healthy?

The popularity of the full english breakfast is perhaps down to one of the best marketing campaigns of all time.  As a result of declining sales of bacon during the 1920’s manufacturers turned to marketing guru Edward Bernay’s to help generate demand.  His idea was to conduct a survey asking Dr’s one simple question, “would you recommend a light breakfast, or a hearty one?”  When the results showed that a ‘hearty one’ was the most popular answer, he started a campaign promoting bacon and eggs as the breakfast of choice.  The rest as they say is history.

‘Coffee in the morning is fine.  It’s a good source of antioxidants.  Your choice of breakfast should include protein and some vegetables though.  Fruit is ok in the morning too … you want energy to last you throughout the day’

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