• Briana Theroux

Have You Heard Fruit Makes You Fat?


So many people think that fruit is ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต because of its sugar content, particularly fructose.โฃ

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๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ, ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜?โฃ

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While sugars may be identical on a molecular level, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ. There is a huge difference between a sugar-sweetened beverage and a piece of fruit when it comes to how it impacts your health. โฃ

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Fiber, water, sugar concentration, and phytochemicals are just some of the reasons why fruit and sugary beverages canโ€™t be equated.โฃ

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And donโ€™t get us wrong, the literature is pretty clear that consuming ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ-๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด is more often harmful than not. But that literature is also pretty clear that eating fruit is more often beneficial than not.โฃ

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Plus, concerns over fructose in general are largely overblown. The battle against fructose centers on the fact that, unlike glucose, fructose is metabolized primarily within the liver and bypasses a critical bottleneck step in glycolysis โ€” the process through which we break down glucose into energy. This can lead to a greater synthesis of fat within the liver ๐—ถ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.โฃ

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What gets left out of this argument against fructose, however, is that fat synthesis is not the main fate of fructose. When researchers create radioactive isotopes of fructose to follow its metabolism throughout the body, 50% of ingested fructose is converted into glucose, 25% into lactate, at least 15% into liver glycogen, and only 10% oxidized directly for energy or converted to fat.โฃ



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