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The Perfect Health Diet - Sugary Veggies & Fruits?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

After finding out that I have a conversion problem with the thyroid hormones T4 to T3 that isn't related to the thyroid itself but is metabolic, and considering my symptoms went south ever since I tried a period of VLC, I'd like to try a carb-heavy approach.

I favour the structure of the PHD. Just used cronometer earlier to build a daily menu, and the stats are great. However, I'm somewhat deterred from their recommendation on 1 pound of sugary veggies & fruits a day.

What are your thoughts about the diet? Should I worry about the sugar consumption?

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10 large beets a day? I think my gut would burst.

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on June 11, 2013
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I'm somewhat deterred from their recommendation on 1 pound of sugary veggies & fruits a day.

This is about 1 quite large beet (which is nearly 100% carbs as sugar, no starch).

I follow a paleo-ified PHD, and if you read the book, I think the Jaminets are pretty clear about what "sugary" vegetables are, compared to "starchy" vegetables or "fibrous" vegetables. "Sugary" vegetables, still contain plenty of fiber and other material that mitigates issues with sugar -- you aren't mainlining refined sugar powder or eating candy corn, by any means. ;-)

Sugary fruit plays out basically the same.

In either case, don't worry about sugar when you're eating real vegetables, but don't eat 10 pounds a day of beets and carrots, either!

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on June 11, 2013
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10 large beets a day? I think my gut would burst.

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on June 11, 2013
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My opinion is that as long as you're eating the whole fruit, you're fine. Also that most of your sugar should be in the evening, with the heavier protein, fat, and starchy (not sugary) veggies earlier in the day, so you don't crave sugars throughout your day.

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