Should I really be eating that??

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    Dec 03, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    When my friend's dad was competing in an all natural body building competition he criticized me for eating a banana and saying that it had even more sugar than a snickers bar. Perplexed I researched on the internet and I found some sites which also reiterated this saying that while fruit has a healthier sugar it is still nonetheless sugar and should not be eaten in large quantities. So my question is this; what foods which are popularly considered healthy happen to be just the opposite? Also, what are the reasons for this? This can pertain from anything including boxed organic products, to fruits and vegetables...
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    Dec 03, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Unprocessed foods are generally healthier. Eating a banana is just fine.

    There is no added value in "organic."
  • LJay

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    Dec 03, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    Nothing wrong with a banana. Ten bananas a day is another story.

    Remember the words 'balanced diet?' Too much of anything can have a downside. Sure fruits have sugars, but whole fruits also have fiber content and vitamins and minerals. You need a good assortment of foods to provide various nutrients, vitamins and minerals, fiber, some sugars, some fat, some protein. If there were any one perfect food we would have figured it out by now. There isn't. So read up and shop around. As noted above, less processed food is generally healthier and once you get away from all the salt and sugar it often contains, seems to be tastier. Just for an exercise, get one of the government daily food guides and compare it to your own eating over a week. You may be surprised. If nothing else it may help you to see weak spots.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Dec 03, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    Body builders avoid simple sugars that are normally found in fruits, breads, potatoes, or any starchy foods because of the fast burn off rate. They go with foods that are composed of complex carbs. If you wanna be at 3% body fat then avoid those simple sugars.
    I try avoiding processed foods but I get lazy. All natural, no preservatives, red meat right off the bone is what I go with icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

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    Dec 03, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidChucky is correct. Organic is mostly a scam.
    Natural, unprocessed foods are fine. Yes, there are sugars in bananas. There are also a host of useful and important minerals, including potassium (which is not in too many foods). There are all kinds of reasons to make sure that your diet includes some of each of the food groups, keeping the fats and carbs low (sugar is a carb) and the proteins and roughage higher.


    Have noticed lately that the grocery is displaying the organic stuff right alongside the non-organic counterpart. It makes it very easy to pick up the organic stuff at three times the price if you are not watching carefully. Dem tricky types!
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    Dec 03, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    sanjose408 saidBody builders avoid simple sugars that are normally found in fruits, breads, potatoes, or any starchy foods because of the fast burn off rate. They go with foods that are composed of complex carbs. If you wanna be at 3% body fat then avoid those simple sugars.
    I try avoiding processed foods but I get lazy. All natural, no preservatives, red meat right off the bone is what I go with icon_smile.gif


    That is true. I heard for body builders its a must that they adhere to a strict diet which generally cuts out simple sugars regardless if they are fruit or otherwise...However, I wonder if its that healthy to deprive our bodies of such nutrients unless it is for short periods of time... I'll have to look that one up...
  • hawkeye7

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    Dec 03, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    one word.....potassium, best source is a banana
  • training_guy

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    Dec 03, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    I still can't decide if milk is a good source of protein, what I have read is so conflicting...some bodybuilders drink masses of it !icon_neutral.gificon_question.gif

    This link swears its good for gains...
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/catmilk.htm
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    Dec 03, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    censorthis1 said
    sanjose408 saidBody builders avoid simple sugars that are normally found in fruits, breads, potatoes, or any starchy foods because of the fast burn off rate. They go with foods that are composed of complex carbs. If you wanna be at 3% body fat then avoid those simple sugars.
    I try avoiding processed foods but I get lazy. All natural, no preservatives, red meat right off the bone is what I go with icon_smile.gif


    That is true. I heard for body builders its a must that they adhere to a strict diet which generally cuts out simple sugars regardless if they are fruit or otherwise...However, I wonder if its that healthy to deprive our bodies of such nutrients unless it is for short periods of time... I'll have to look that one up...

    Even if you are a bodybuilder you dont have to go to these extremes unless you are training for a competition or looking to get very lean (single digit bodyfat).

    As for being just a regular gym-rat, you have nothing to worry about. If you consistently eat correctly and train right and rest you will get in good shape.
    If you want to go from good to great, then you need to step up your game which involves counting calories..etc.
    And if you want to go from great to competing then that a whole different ball game.