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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.
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.
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.
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.
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: