We all are told to eat as much fruit as we want but is that the real truth?!
Don’t get me wrong ff you have to decide between cantaloupe and a dairy queen blizzard? Chose the cantaloupe
But I know for some of you (including myself) you sometimes hit a plateauwhen it comes to losing weight and/or feeling better. So I want all the members of The Get Lean community to be informed regarding fruit and the best way to consume it to help you reach your health goals
So my issue is not with eating whole fruit as much as it is being juiced, concentrated, dried and added to a variety of foods and marketed as ‘natural sugar’.
- So the concentrated sugar and lower fiber content with additional processing is what you want to avoid.
I often get asked, “Which fruit is best?” (I put a chart below of fruits with lowest fructose)
- I would recommend ONE piece of LOCAL and SEASONAL fruit per day.
- If you are eating out of season then look at avocado,and/or berries.These are often lower in fructose.
- Other whole fruits (not dried) are not bad and if you eat them with the skin (well washed) then you get the fiber as well.
Fruit does contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients – which is all good!
But…fructose is the main sugar in fruits.
And fructose produces only a mild rise in insulin levels compared to glucose. (which is good)
But the rise in obesity has really mirrored the increase in total fructose consumption. (i.e. high fructose corn syrup is in almost everything)
So why is Fructose so dangerous?
- Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver and can’t be used for energy by your body’s cells.
- Excess fructose damages the liver and leads to insulin resistance in the liver as well as fatty liver disease.
- Fructose increases uric acid production, which, in excess, can cause gout, kidney stones and precipitate or aggravate hypertension.
- Fructose rapidly causes leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite and metabolism to maintain a normal weight. (makes you more hungry)
- Avoid products that list – fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, fruit juice concentrate or corn syrup solids among first five ingredients
- Buy local seasonal fruit (shelf life of a fruit should only be 1-2 days)
- Limit to one serving per day (10 grams or less of fructose/per day for weight control)
- Go with fruits that are higher in fiber / lower in fructose
- Avoid juiced, concentrated and dried fruits
|Fruit||Serving Size||Grams of Fructose|
|Passion fruit||1 medium||0.9|
|Date (Deglet Noor style)||1 medium||2.6|
|Cantaloupe||1/8 of med. melon||2.8|
|Star fruit||1 medium||3.6|
|Cherries, sour||1 cup||4.0|
(3.5″ x .75″)
|Grapefruit, pink or red||1/2 medium||4.3|
(chart from nofructose.com)
Let me know if you have any questions!
Remember to support your local farming community and buy local, seasonal and fresh.
Have a great day!
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