We all know that to much sugar is bad for us, the more we devour the more insulin the body produce.
This in turn makes us fat, increases our appetite, increase the amount of fat that goes into storage AND it blocks the ability of the body to use stored fat as energy!
And it’s the fructose in sugar which is mostly responsible.
Ordinary sugar contains 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Glucose travels around the body and is used as fuel or is turned into fat but fructose does not travel around, it stays put in the abdomen and the liver turns it into visceral tummy fat….
As you probably know fat can be either stored under the skin or inside the abdomen, the fat in the abdomen that’s covering the organs is the visceral fat that gives an apple shape and it’s very unhealthy.
In a trial a 2 groups were asked to drink beverages on top of their normal diet, one group had their drinks sweetened with glucose and the other with fructose, after 10 weeks both groups had gained the same amount of weight but the glucose group had gained fat evenly around their bodies whereas the fructose group had gained a lot more dangerous visceral fat on the middle.
Fructose is being pushed as a healthy alternative, it has low GI (does not affect blood sugar so much) but this is only because the liver turns it into visceral fat.
There is More:
Fructose can also deactivate leptin, which our bodies produce when we have had enough to eat.
Without it we would feel hungry all the time, and if that was not enough leptin also boosts metabolism AND helps the body use fat stores as energy!
So as you can see calorie counting is such I waste of time It’s all about how the body deals with the food.
The worst fructose out there is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) a cheep and very sweet substance derived from corn. You’ll find it in soft drinks, cakes biscuits, processed foods basically. HFCS can contain up to 90% fructose.
Bring a magnifying glass when you go shopping!
But what about the fructose in fruits?
Whole fruits are different they come with important fibre and are packed with health promoting nutrients, so you should defiantly include fruits in your diet!
But when juicing think more in the lines of fresh vegetables, berries and herbs and use only small amounts of fruits in your juice.
Especially apple and pear juice on their own contain way to much sugar, but as whole fruits they are great!