In this BodyTalk 4 Life newsletter, you will learn some surprising facts about the connection between love, fructose and cholesterol. Read on, it gets very interesting!
Are you getting fat and unhealthy on fruit?
Fruit is undoubtedly a healthy food, when consumed in moderation. However, fruit is full of fructose (a type of sugar) and the main purpose of fructose is to help the body store fat. The other type of sugar, glucose, can be used directly by the body and the brain as an energy source. But fructose is much harder to convert into energy and so when there is already enough glucose to burn, the liver will store the fructose from the fruit as fat.
You may have heard that fruit is best eaten on its own. Well, now it makes sense, doesn’t it? Think about it: when you add fruit to your yogurt, cereal, or in a salad, you will burn the calories from the other food in the meal (because it’s easier to obtain energy that way) while all the fructose will be converted directly into fat. Another reason to eat fruit on its own is the fact that when on top of other food, it ferments quickly causing the bad bacteria to proliferate while slowing down the digestion and detoxification processes.
Furthermore, excess fructose can raise triglycerides, increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol. And last but not least, fructose sticks to proteins 10 times more than glucose. This process is called “glycation” and has been linked to hypertension, insulin resistance, dementia, chronic inflammation and degeneration.
Are you feeling confused, not knowing what to do now? Here are some guidelines to help you navigate through your fruit choices in the light of the information above:
- Always eat fruit on its own and in moderation (2-3 pieces a day).
- Choose fruit that is less sweet in spring and summer. In fall and winter, you can eat the sweeter fruits.
- Add a little lemon or a little cinnamon to your fruit – it slows down the insulin release.
- Be in a happy, loving mood when you eat your fruit (or anything else for that matter). Your state of mind is exceptionally powerful. If you are in a good mood, your body will find good things to do with the food you are eating. If you are stressed, don’t even think about eating. Wait until you are calmer or otherwise you are turning on the inflammatory response and making yourself ill.
If you are curious and want to know more about how your mood can affect your physical health, I suggest you read Surprising Facts about Cholesterol.