While fruit does contain fiber, antioxidants and many nutrients it is not your friend when you’re trying to lose weight.
This advice is controversial as fruit has an almost magical health aura today. People may believe that fruit is nutritious but unfortunately fruit contains a lot of sugar – around 10% by weight (the rest is mostly water). Just taste an orange or a grape. Sweet, right?
Five servings of fruit per day is equivalent to the amount of sugar in 16 ounces of soda (500 ml). Contrary to what many people believe sugar is still sugar whether its from fruit, fructose, glucose, HFCS, corn syrup, honey or agave.
Sugar from fruit can shut down fat burning. This can increase your hunger and slow your weight loss. For best results avoid fruit – or enjoy it occasionally as a treat.
Unlike glucose, fructose is not directly used by the body for energy. Instead it is stored by the liver as fat.
That’s why animals gorge themselves on fruit before they hibernate and why in the cave days people ate fruit whenever they could find it so that they could store some body fat for the inevitable leaner times ahead when food would be scarce. Back then fruit and honey were the only sources of fructose and fructose wasn’t available year round like the products we now have on our supermarket shelves.
Did you know that agave syrup is actually laboratory super condensed fructose syrup and is no better than HFCS? Definitely not the healthy alternative to sugar that it has been touted as in the mainstream media.
According to Dr Richard Johnson at the University of Colorado, most people who struggle with losing weight are sensitive to fructose and would do well to avoid it.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that when participants consumed high doses of fructose, at 25 percent or more of total energy intake, apo B, a bad type of cholesterol, increased significantly in two weeks compared to those who consumed glucose. Whoa!
Bottom line – if you don’t want to store fat, avoid excessive fructose.