Can fruit make you fat?

A title like this 30 years ago I would have been locked up by the public health services! But fortunately for us, nutrition and science has come light years along and is making people think long and hard about their food and drink choices! There are loads of different fruit options out there all having a different glycemic index rating. Experts are coming out now saying ingesting too much of the sugar "fructose" can have negative effects on our livers! Our Personal Training courses go into great detail on this. Let's delve deeper:

 

The Sugar Rush

The Western world is facing an epidemic of obesity and, with it, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. We are getting fatter and fatter, despite the fact people are exercising more than ever. Crazy! Today, 66% (2015) of the UK are either obese or over weight and this is rising. Fructose from fruit doesn't seem to be the main problem. It seems to be from the sugary drinks that people are drinking that causes the problem. 

 

Is sugar addictive?

More and more studies are coming out now through MRI scans showing that sugar highly stimulates our reward centre within our brains which makes us more susceptible to craving this lovely white stuff! It also triggers a hormone serotonin which makes us feel good. So you can see why people opt for this over a veg soup!

 

Fructose can make you fat?

This is under the spot light at the moment as the only organ that can process it is the liver and most of it gets converted directly to fat. When we consume it in liquid form, in fruit juice or fizzy drinks, this happens even faster!  It has also shown that it can lead towards liver fatty disease. This is becoming more of a problem now with young adults who drink it everyday in excess. 

One remarkable change is that the liver uses fructose (in high amounts), a carbohydrate, to create fat. This process is called lipogenesis. Give the liver enough fructose, and tiny fat droplets begin to accumulate in liver cells. This build up is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, because it looks similar to what happens in the livers of people who drink too much alcohol.

Alarmingly, fruit juices are part of children's staple diet these days. More and more young children are getting diagnosed with fatty livers due to this high consumption of fructose on a daily basis. Should these drinks come with warning signs on them like cigarettes packets do? If you ask me.......yes, without a doubt. These drinks are sold alongside bottles of water as if they are completely harmless. 

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