The Truth About Fruit & Whether It’s Healthy with JJ Virgin – #274

How to Figure Out How Much and What Kind of Fruit is Right for You

In today's podcast episode, JJ is here to debunk the myth that fruit is a free food! Listen as JJ breaks down the types of sugar in fruit and explains how excess fructose can contribute to belly, inflammation, and weight loss resistance. JJ also explains how to figure out how much fruit is right for you, as well as the best kinds of fruit to eat and the forms of fruit to avoid. Plus, JJ reveals how to reap the rewards of resistant starch in green bananas. You don't want to miss it!

Main Points From Today’s Episode

1. Fructose is a sugar found in fruit. Fructose goes straight to your liver, where excess fructose gets converted into fat.

2. Dried fruit is like candy and fruit juice is like soda. It's best to eat whole fruit so you get the many benefits of fiber.

3. Green bananas are a good source of resistant starch. Resistant starch helps boost fat burning, balance blood sugar levels, and increases satiety.

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:38] Episode briefing

[1:50] Listener shout-out

[6:25] Why fruit is not a free food

[8:08] The types of sugar in fruit

[8:44] Issues with fructose

[9:58] When to avoid fruit

[11:20] It’s important to eat whole fruit.

[12:29] The fiber in whole fruit tempers your blood sugar response.

[12:43] The problems with dried fruit, jam, and fruit juice

[13:33] Eat from the rainbow of fruits to get a variety of phytonutrients.

[13:55] Be careful with yogurt that contains added fruit.

[14:31] As fruit ripens, it gets sweeter.

[15:14] The benefits of resistant starch in green bananas

[17:20] Sugar is hiding everywhere! Find out which sugars to choose and which to lose in the Sugar Impact Diet.

[18:05] Eat seasonal, local, organic foods.

[19:00] Why JJ is a fan of frozen fruit

[19:31] Which fruits and veggies should you buy organic?

Mentioned in this episode:

Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Shake

Sugar Impact Diet

Mindshare Summit

EWG's Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

JJ’s Leaky Gut Support

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Banana-Berry Resistant Starch Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving

2 scoops JJ Virgin All-In-One Protein Shake powder, your choice of flavor and protein type

1 small frozen green banana, peeled and broken into chunks before freezing

1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries

1/2 small avocado, peeled and pitted

2 Tbsp gluten-free rolled oats

10 oz. unsweetened vanilla coconut milk or vanilla almond milk

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. You can add ice cubes to thicken your shake or cold filtered water to make thinner. Enjoy!

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