When it comes to eating fruit, some people are a bit confused and as a result don’t cash in on the abundant health benefits different fruits have to offer.
I think the confusion started with a study that was published back in 2004 that claimed “consumption of high-fructose corn syrup beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity.”
Now, there is nothing wrong with that statement. But the problem is that some people got stuck as soon as they read “fructose”… and that included many medical mainstreamers. And, since many people associate fructose with fruit, they started to avoid eating fruit because they mistakenly thought it would increase their obesity risk.
Getting the facts straight
The study I’m talking about was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And, again, the researchers’ conclusion was spot on: High fructose corn syrup is one of the driving forces behind the global obesity epidemic.
However, there is a vast difference between high-fructose corn syrup and the natural fructose found in fruit. The simple fact is, your body digests these two forms of sugar — one is artificial and the other natural — in two very different ways.
The big difference is that fructose in fruit (Natures natural sweetener) enters your body along with the fibre found in fruit. Fibre is essential in how your body metabolises fructose. The 10g or so of fructose found in an apple is released slowly into your blood stream and liver because of the fibre. Whereas high-fructose corn syrup contains no fibre and it is released much quicker into your bloodstream, causing havoc on your metabolic system — leading to insulin resistance and blood sugar spikes, increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Bottom line: High-fructose corn syrup is an artificial sweetener found in almost all sweetened junk food and it is best avoided.
So, if you’ve been avoiding eating fruit because you thought it may be bad for your health, here are just some of the health benefits you’ve been missing out on:
- All fruits are rich in antioxidants, which have been shown to help fight inflammation, boost immunity and help protect against chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
- Fruits are all jam-packed with essential vitamins that help boost your immunity and improve your overall health.
- If you’re looking for a health snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth, all you need to do is reach for a delicious apple, orange, mango or a bunch of grapes.
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Why I’ll never give up eating fruit, published online 09.10.17, drmicozzi.com/why-ill-never-give-up-eating-fruit