Why is Fructose so Bad For Your Health?
Fructose is the half of sugar that drives our hunger. This might be making up a large reason why you are always feeling hungry and are struggling to shift weight? (learn the steps to quitting, click here).
Did you know that, Sugar is 50% Fructose and 50% Glucose.
Fructose is often referred to as ‘fruit sugar’, however, it is present in everything that contains sugar. This includes cereals, honey, fruits, dried fruits, fruit juices and soft drinks, sweets and sauces.
Here are some other points on Fructose;
- Prolonged Appetite Stimulant
- Addictive properties
- Metabolized largely to Fat storage in every organ
- Causes subliminal vascular chronic inflammation
- Toxic in large doses
From an evolutionary and survival perspective, fructose metabolism was very useful. In times of plenty when fruit was seasonally available (late summer) we could eat as much fruit (fructose) as we could find; it would keep us hungry, keep us eating and then conveniently metabolize into fat for the leaner winter months. This was known as ‘scheduled obesity’. It helped us to survive for millions of years.
The trouble today is that fruit, and even worse, sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), are available all year round. The latter two have been added to nearly everything we eat and we love that sweet taste. We are designed to seek a ‘sugar hit’ all the time. Unfortunately, we then store it directly as fat every day of the week!
Fructose intake has become an increasing component of our western diet over the last 100 years, associated with increased rates of obesity and a raft of other diseases. (if sugar is making you sick then seek help, click here)
It is nearly impossible to avoid sugar in your diet but with a little effort you can avoid the majority of fructose intake. With little (or no) fructose in your diet, you will start avoiding the ‘sugar bounce’ throughout the day, not feel as hungry and take back control of eating. In turn, you will stop taking in unnecessary calories and reduce your reliance on insulin to control your diabetes.
Reasons to avoid Fructose include;
- Increase blood levels of uric acid, leading to gout and high blood pressure
- Cause insulin resistance, which can lead to obesity and type II diabetes
- Sugar may be addictive
- Fructose doesn't affect satiety in the same way as glucose, making you eat more total calories automatically if your fructose intake is high
- Cause deposition of fat in the liver, potentially leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Sources of Fructose;
All sugars including honey
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
If you answer yes to one of more of the following then reducing your fructose intake would be a great option for you...
- Do you hit an energy slump in the afternoon?
- Do you crave something sweet after lunch or dinner?
- Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
- Are you unable to stop at eating one sweet item?
- Are you holding extra weight around your waist and slim everywhere else?
- Do you often feel mentally unclear and lacking concentration?
- Do you want to lose weight?
- Do you have an autoimmune issue and wonder if quitting sugar might make a difference?
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