Balance the Bad with the Good of a Foods

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Recently I was asked a question: How do we balance the good of some foods such as iron in molasses, with the bad like its sugar content? This is such an excellent question I decided the answer needed to be made available to all. So here you go.

There is a craze going on in some circles similar to the no-fat craze and OMG, IT'S GOT SALT!, I can't have any salt craze, of years ago. We are now going crazy eliminating sugar in everything everywhere. This is great!

But suddenly fruit has gone on to the bad list. So what about fruit? Well, let’s take a look.

Here are a few fruits that contain a larger amount of sugar in them.

  • Mangos: 46 grams of sugar per fruit

  • Pomegranates: 39 grams of sugar per pomegranate

  • Apples: 19 grams of sugar in a small apple.

  • Watermelon: 18 grams of sugar per wedge.

  • Bananas: 17 grams of sugar per large banana.

Excessive Sugar Is Bad, But Its Effects Depend on the Context

But before you throw out the baby with the bathwater I would like to throw in a word of caution.

Everything we give to our body affects it in one way or another.

We are either nurturing our body or causing damage. So in everything you eat, drink, apply to or place the body in, is affecting it in some way. Got me so far?

My rule is, if that “something” does not provide a benefit to your body then don’t do it.

That coke with no beneficial nutrients, that bag of chips devoid of everything but calories, that skin cream loaded with chemicals and harmful preservatives, even down to that club filled with smoke and crappy music. These are just a few examples of things that are devoid of what you need to live life healthy.

So, I’ve enlightened you to this wonderful living concept; let's take another look at those sugary fruits.

The nutritional value of a few sugary fruits:

  • Mangos: Fiber, vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, Folate, Copper, Potassium

  • Pomegranates: Fiber, vitamin C, K, Folate, Potassium

  • Apples: Fiber, vitamin B6, C, K, Manganese, Potassium

  • Watermelon: vitamin A, B5, C, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium

  • Bananas: Fiber, vitamin B6, B7, C, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium

Bonus: Did you notice these fruits all contain potassium? Did you know one of the functions of potassium is that it’s related to the function of managing sugar in the body? It helps to hold the sugar in the liver to release more easily; eliminating the sugar spikes and drops that occur in refined sugar products.

Eating products that have naturally occurring sugars are not the problem*. The problem comes from the refined concentrated form of sugar and the super-concentrated forms of high fructose corn syrup and when they are loaded in nutrient-void processed items.

Here is an example of how bad the problem has gotten. 200 years ago the average person ate 2 lbs of refined sugar in a year. This does not account for the naturally occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables.

Today in the US the average person eats 152 lbs of sugar in a year. That breaks down to about 3 lbs per week and does not include the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables.

The problem is the extreme overconsumption of refined sugar out of its natural context. I'm referring to the plant material with all it’s fiber, vitamins, and minerals along with the other compounds. Our bodies were not designed to handle that excessive amount of one compound.

You know the old adage too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Now to finish answering the question about molasses, specifically.

Though molasses is a by-product obtained from the processing of sugar cane and sugar beet into table sugar, this by-product is actually the part with all the nutrients.

Nutrients of Molasses:

vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus potassium, selenium, sodium.

Molasses is also known to relieve menstruation-related problems, obesity, stress, prostate issues, and skin disorders. It also can provide relief from anemia, headaches, and even constipation. It’s known to improve bone and hair health, maintain electrolyte balance, help the nervous system, and even wound healing.

So remember my rule? If it does not provide a benefit to your body then don’t do it.

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Does molasses stand up to your standards of health? As for me…..

On to the asterisk

* Diabetes is defined as a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. (Google Dictionary)

If you have this issue I’m in no way saying you should go all out and eat any fruit you want. You need to follow the advice of your healthcare provider and educate yourself on the best way to manage this dis-function.

This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical or psychological advice, opinion, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Nutritional Sources include USDA

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