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Sunday, January 31. 2021
Except for Blueberries. There is no reason to even think about this topic unless you want to lose weight, or unless the physiology is interesting to you. Fruit is a fine dessert because its main nutritional ingredient is sugars. Especially Fructose. There is nothing "healthy" about fruit or fruit juice.
Fructose is metabolized in a different way than is Glucose.
The very short story is this: All sugars are not created equal. Fructose is metabolized into fat. Glucose in moderate amounts is turned into glycogen for energy. Table sugar is Sucrose, which is metabolized first into its components of Glucose and Fructose.
Corn syrup, the most common commercial sweetener, contains Glucose and Fructose. Thus eating a fruit, or drinking fruit juice, is equivalent to drinking a Coke other than the virtue signaling. No common sweeteners contain pure Glucose.
Children are best off drinking milk or water.
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What's more, the trendy Agave Nectar has a higher percentage of fructose compared to common sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Fructose must be processed by the liver before it can be transformed into glycogen. As such, it works the liver more than glucose. But both are used as energy. It is just that the glucose is used for the immediate needs while the fructose doesn't become available until later. The excess glucose and fructose is tucked away as fat.
While this is true it appears you are implying something that is not true. Your liver is supposed to convert all carbs to glucose/glycogen. If you eat a potato your gut converts it to sugars and the liver converts it all to glycogen (some exceptions). This what your body runs on. It powers your muscles and your mind. Without sugar you die. Your body doesn't (really) know or care if the sugar comes from rice, the sugar bowl, potatoes, bread, organic veggies or fruit. This is normal. Not something to avoid or alter. Feel free to never eat fruit or drink fruit juice again, your body doesn't know or care. It will if necessary convert fat and protein to "sugar" too if it needs to.
I eat like a dog or a pig. I have done this for 76 years. I eat everything, I eat four times a day and I eat in excess and I eat half a pound of chocolate a day. If you believe all the myths you would think that by now I would be 350 lbs and have diabetes. I am neither. My weight is normal for my height and always has been (same weight for years and years) Last night after eating dinner I ate a package of cookies, 8 ounces of chocolate, peanut butter by the spoon. I weigh every morning and my weight barely varies.
Most people who have weight or eating related health problems have genetic causes. If you have a genetic tendency to be fat then everything you eat will make you fat. If you don't have this genetic problem you will not be fat.
The best and healthiest way to consume sugar, is by first "curing" it with careful application of healthy saccharomyces cerevisiae cultures ...
Wouldn't you have to eat an awful lot of fruit to get 'fat'? I think so. Sweets can be satisfying in fruit form. I dig cherries, blueberries, watermelon and other summer fruits. Not big on apples, oranges or bananas. In fact, I rarely buy them.
But summer fruit seems to have a different quality to it. I'd probably have to eat a gallon of cherries to really impact my day-to-day weight. And usually I can't eat more than a small bowlful in a sitting.
As long as fruit is not the only part of your meal (such as - oh, I'll eat an apple for lunch or a banana for breakfast), I don't see the harm.
All things in moderation!
It's myth. Fruit doesn't make you fat, of course, the mixed Western diet makes you fat (leading some to resort to the odd ketogenic diet).
There’s this growing trend of people who are starting to think that because sweet fruit contains simple sugars, that automatically that sugar is the same as the refined white sugar we all know is bad for us.
First of all, most of the diseases that people associate with sugar consumption are actually caused or exacerbated by a high-fat diet. For example, conditions such as candida, hypoglycemia and diabetes would not occur if on a low-fat diet, even if your diet contained some refined sugar.
Of course, by eliminating ALL sugar you can partially mask the symptoms of the disease, but you’ll never fully heal from it until you attack it at its very roots, which is done again by:
Lowering your body fat to healthy levels
Lowering the fat content in your diet to 10% or less by calories
Increasing your fitness levels and exercising regularly
Paying attention to the other important factors of health (sunshine, fresh air, sleep, etc.)
Secondly, the “sugar” found in fruit is not exactly comparable to the refined sugar found in a cake. It’s in a form that’s readily digestible, but also comes in a complete package which includes water, fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and co-enzymes.
A fruit-centric diet is not at all similar to a sugar-centric diet:
Really? Eating yummy, low-calorie and vitamin-laden peaches, melons and berries is the same as drinking Coke and will make me fat? Not as fat as your head.
While there is little doubt that fruit juice is fattening, I'd not use Mercola as a source regarding fructose. This guy is pretty far into questionable nutritional theories.
My nutrition MD gave me a great graphic. Imagine a teaspoon of pure table sugar divided into even quarters. Each of those quarters is one gram, OK? One apple contains 25 grams of sugar. Correct, all you doing the mental math -- 6.25 tsp. of sugar.
Fruit juice bad, whole fruit good. The difference is that when consuming a whole fruit, you get the pulp, too, all the nice fiber that fills you up and satiates the appetite. Fruit juice, on the other hand has all the sugars but in much less volume and no fiber, so kids swill it all day long with Mom's approval. This is how kids blimpify.
Fructose, too, is stored in the liver. "... the trioses are identical to those of glycolysis" :: shrug :: "Moderation in all things."
Humanity is engaging in a horrible experiment which echoes the current “Foie gras controversy”: a version of animal cruelty where the liver of a duck or a goose is specially fattened. Doing so requires force-feeding birds with more food than they would normally eat. Processed Food laden with Sugars (High-Fructose Corn Syrup and Cane Sugar in particular) accomplish the same in humans.
Fructose (Fruit Sugar) was initially co-opted by our Ice Age ancestors who gorged upon ripened late-season fruit and berries to gain to the necessary extra weight to survive winter. Yearlong consumption of any form of sugar is both unnatural and fatal because fruit is more “fattening” than fat. Quick take away: A breakfast of bacon & eggs with black coffee and is healthier by far, than granola & fruit with juice.
Some populations (Europeans, especially) have “blunted” this evolutionary adaptation; due to millennia-long, agriculture-enabled, year-long consumption of grains and fruit. Nonetheless, nobody should be eating three meals per day, with snacks, seven days a week: despite how enjoyable the habit.
So you don't like fruit. We get it. But comparing fruit to a soda is the same as comparing raw vegetables to a cheesecake. Health depends on nutritional density per calorie. There are no foods that can compete with vegetables and fruit.
Take a pound of thick cut bacon and your largest frying pan (a flat top works better). Cook the bacon just enough for it to begin to firm up. Drain off the fat, put the bacon back in the pan and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Let it sizzle for a minute and shut of the heat and let it sit to cool. Cowboy candy! I can eat a whole pound of bacon this way.
What's for dinner? My favorite dinner when my wife is not there; A package of Oreos and a glass of milk. Be careful not to drink too much milk or you will fill up too soon and not be able to eat all the Oreos. For those concerned about diversity in your diet I suggest half chocolate Oreos and half Vanilla.
My favorite lunch is theater popcorn. I go in when they open about 11:30 AM and make sure the popcorn is fresh popped. Then I buy the family size box. The good news is my local theater will give you free refills. I can eat the whole thing in one sitting but when I go back for the refill I can only eat about half of it and I save the rest for my after dinner snack. Boy! It sure does make your bowels feel funny and make groaning noises. But I've done it so many times I'm not worried about any side effects. The only thing is you eat that much salted popcorn and you get really thirsty but you can't drink enough water to satisfy the thirst because your stomach is full of popcorn. So you just keep sipping water until finally your thirst is satisfied and/or your stomach empties.
I have in the past eaten a big bag of chips for lunch too, the 18 oz. size. Boy that is tough to do. About halfway through you start to feel a little queasy, from the grease I think, but if you pace yourself and keep at it you can do it. Same problem with thirst though.