"Apples, Bananas, and More: Why You Shouldn't Fear Fructose"
Updated: Mar 1
My name is Steve Pilot, and as a coach and nutritionist, I often get asked about the impact of certain foods on our bodies.
Recently, a client asked me about the effects of fructose and if they should stop eating fruit to maintain a lean physique.
I assured them that they can definitely keep eating their apples!
While excessive amounts of fructose can have negative effects, the amount required to see these effects is extremely high and usually only found in artificially sweetened beverages and lab studies, not in fruit.
Studies have shown that normal levels of fructose intake do not cause significant differences in our biochemistry compared to other sugars.
Additionally, research has found that limiting the consumption of fructose-sweetened drinks and snacks, along with reducing overall calorie intake, is a better approach for weight management rather than avoiding fructose altogether.
It's also worth noting that the liver can handle up to 50 grams of fructose per day without any negative effects, which is equivalent to about 5 apples or 3.5 cups of blueberries.
So, there's no need to completely cut fruit from our diets.
In conclusion, moderation is key when it comes to our diets, and fruit is no exception.
There's no evidence that fruit makes us fat or that we need to cut it out of our diets for body composition reasons.
So, keep enjoying your apples and other fruits!