Fruit is poison. We’ve heard this uttered by people many times (mostly by people who are counting macros). This is the opposite of what we’re told as children. After all, fruit contains fiber and vitamins that are beneficial. However, a new study confirms that fruit may not be as beneficial as we thought it was, and it is possible that fruit is making you fat.
New research suggests fructose—a type of sugar found in fruit and other foods—may be particularly bad for your health and waistline. But don’t blame blueberries or oranges for your weight issues just yet.
First, the research: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fed mice a diet in which 18 percent of the calories came from fructose. (This percentage is roughly the amount found in the average American kid’s diet.)
Compared to mice whose diet included 18 percent glucose, another type of simple sugar found in food, the mice who ate fructose gained more weight, were less active, and had more body and liver fat after 10 weeks. This was despite the fact that all the mice in the study ate the same number of calories, the only difference was which type of sugar they consumed.(Here’s A Sweet Reason to Sweat—cardio and resistance training can help negate the effects of sugar.)
So, basically, this research suggests that fructose could cause weight gain and health problems even if you’re not overeating. (Yes, this was an animal study. But the researchers used mice because their little bodies break down food a lot like our human bodies do.)
But don’t blame blueberries or oranges for your weight issues just yet. First, the research: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fed mice a diet in which 18 percent of the calories came from fructose.
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