Credits: Bethia Wee, Female Personal Trainer in Singapore
Many of us have grown to believe that fruits should be taken in abundance. After all, we all know that they are healthy! But is it necessarily the more the merrier?
There is no doubt that eating fruits are beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing. What more, it is a fact that fruit is a natural food source that is packed with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, folate and fiber. Fruits can be easily added into your diet because they are sweet treats that are approved and recommended by health professionals. However, many forget that too much of these good stuff can be detrimental to our health.
Where do you think the sweetness of fruits come from? – Fructose.
Fructose is a simple sugar that when taken excessively, can overturn the benefits of having fruits. It will be metabolized differently in the body in comparison to glucose or sucrose. Being metabolized in the liver, it takes any excess sugar and converts it into triglycerides that get stored in fat cells throughout the body. This causes an increase in body fat, and in severe cases, a risk to metabolic syndrome that can be further developed to diabetes.
Then should fruits be eliminated?
Definitely it wouldn’t be wise to do so. A rule of thumb would be to have 3-5 servings of fruits a day. Have them in small amounts split throughout the day. However, if you suffer with any fructose-related health issues such as obesity or cancer, limit your total fructose consumption to 15g of fructose per day.
On the whole, fruits are great snacks when taken in moderation. But you may also be interested in snacks that help you lose weight.
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