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Forbidden Weight Loss Foods

Every year, around this time, when all the delicious tropical fruits start coming into season (we are in the heart of mango season right now)  – I find my clients starting to debate about whether or not they should indulge in these “forbidden fruits”. If you’ve ever been on a diet or tried to lose weight I’m sure you know which ones I’m talking about – bananas, mangos melons and pineapple are some of the most common.
But it isn’t just these fruits that have a bad rep in the weight loss world – I mean I haven’t met many people who don’t cast a weary eye towards potatoes and rice when their trying to lose those extra pounds…
So what is all the demonizing about, and does it really make sense?
 The premise is that because these foods tend to be high on the Glycemic Index (GI) – which means they have higher amounts of quickly digesting carbohydrates – they will spike your blood sugars and cause you to crave more foods or be quickly converted and stored as fat.
While I agree that highly processed foods like pop, donuts, cake, and white breads, which also show up as high GI foods, do just this mainly because they offer calories with little other nutritive value, this is not the case for naturally occurring foods which also serve as important sources of  vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.
When discerning whether something is nutrition fact or fiction – I like to use logic. My personal litmus test on this one – there are many many people around the world who eat rice – and I mean a lot of rice – but they aren’t over weight.. the same goes for pretty much all the foods on the list…
As for science, it keeps changing – we are now moving from GI to GL (glycemic load) which categorizes a lot of these same foods as low. More importantly people have been enjoying these foods  for centuries without any ill effects (something we can’t say about McDonalds).
So I say the next time you’re heading out the door without any time for breakfast – go ahead and grab a banana. Your body – and your taste buds – will thank you for it, and don’t worry THEY WON’T MAKE YOU FAT…
Just remember ALL foods fit in moderation.