I’m no wellness expert.
Just a self-taught observer of health industry trends — who sometimes can’t resist aiming a snarky “say whaaaat?” at said trends.
Don’t get me wrong. You won’t find this girl disputing EVERY superfood discovery, holistic remedy or fitness craze that bursts on the scene. I’ve been known to guzzle kombucha and swear by kale, after all. But certain nutritional advice, I just can’t get behind.
Like demonizing fruit, for instance.
You haven’t heard? The fructose content in these plant by-products [formerly-known-as-healthy] causes weight related issues.
And the logical defense against this grave peril? Put down that apple. Back away from the produce stand. Eliminate fruits from your diet. All of ’em. Seriously…get with the times.
I’m not convinced, though. This claim carries a suspicious whiff of extremism that I don’t accept at face value.
Avoiding sucrose (a.k.a. refined sugar) makes total sense, but cutting out fructose — a natural carbohydrate which our bodies metabolize into energy — seems like overkill.
I digress, excess sugar consumption in any form leads to addictive cravings and medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes. But the keyword here is excess.
On average, the USDA recommends 1/2 cup servings of fresh fruit 3 times per day, so overindulging could negatively impact your well-being. However, research indicates you’d have to overindulge like it’s your job before these health risks would even take effect.
A study, during which participants consumed about 60 grams of fructose, showed spikes in blood sugar levels after ingestion. No bueno, right?
Well…yeeaaah. Until you break down those results.
Here’s what the study conveniently forgets to mention — this fructose amount equals 9 bananas, 5 apples or 120 strawberries. Since when did you last devour 9 bananas over a 24-hour period?
…….Anyone??? Case. In. Point.
Besides, fruit contains nominal fructose levels, compared with other sweetened pick-me-ups. While an apple has about 13 grams of fructose, a medium Coke has 33 grams.
The takeaway? Any food, whether plant-based or processed, can become harmful in EXTREME quantities. Fruit — or, even the fructose molecule — is not your nemesis, though. When enjoyed in MODERATION, it’s a wholesome addition to any diet.
Sure, those wellness gurus might demonize “nature’s candy,” but what’s the alternative? Satisfying your sweet tooth with actual candy?