10 Reasons to Decrease Your Fructose Consumption
- Fructose cannot be used for energy by our bodies’ cells and can only be metabolized by the liver. In this sense, fructose becomes like a toxin in the body and the liver must then work hard to get rid of it. It does this by converting it into fat and sending it to our fat cells.
- It’s not surprising then that too much fructose can damage the liver and lead to insulin resistance and fatty liver disease. You may be surprised to know that fructose can have the same effect on the liver as alcohol, which as we know, is highly toxic to the liver.
- Fructose reacts with polyunsaturated fats and proteins in our bodies 7X more than glucose. This chemical reaction creates what are known as AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). These are compounds that create oxidative damage in our cells and ultimately cause inflammation and a host of chronic diseases.
- Fructose actually increases the levels of uric acid in the blood. These increased levels in turn cause gout, kidney stones and cause or worsen hypertension.
- Under the category of lose/lose: while the majority of your body’s cells cannot use fructose for energy, the bacteria in your GI tract LOVE it, feed off of it, and multiply until you have a bacterial overgrowth.
- Because chronic intake of too much fructose damages the liver, the result is dyslipidemia, a condition that causes abnormal amounts of lipids in the blood. Dyslipidemia is a precursor for heart disease.
- High levels of fructose cause leptin resistance which is a very bad thing because the hormone leptin controls appetite and metabolism to maintain a healthy weight. People who become leptin-resistant gain fat easily.
- Excess fructose can cause diabetes and the complications that go along with the disease.
- Like GI bacteria, cancer cells feed off of fructose and use it as their energy source.
- Excess fructose has been shown to impair memory in rats.
Fruit is NOT the Enemy
It’s important to note that it is fructose from added sugars that is harmful to our health, not fruit. Fruits are whole foods that contain necessary fiber and provide essential vitamins and minerals. You would have to eat crazy amounts of fruit to reach the harmful levels of fructose discussed in this article. Fruit, in general, is a lesser source of fructose in the diet compare to those foods with (sometimes hidden) added sugars.
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