FFOver40 with some information about fruit aka fructose consumption likely to ruffle some feathers.
The relationship between fruit sugar (Fructose) and normal table sugar (Glucose) has been a source of feverish debate in many fitness circles for decades. As FFOver40 has discussed on the internet many times before, the net effect of carbohydrate consumption is always dose dependent and time specific. Meaning, if eaten at the right time and in the right dosage, carbs will typically help replenish muscle glycogen levels to maintain optimal performance for any hard training athlete or competitor.
But there is one BIG IF biochemically when it comes to the consumption of fruit sugar aka fructose. Fructose has the terrible quality of preferentially refilling liver glycogen. Why is this bad? Humans have a very limited capacity for storing glycogen in the liver. Once you reach that storage capacity, fructose is readily converted to triglyceride and stored as fat. And even worse the triglyceride usually shows up in a male/female’s most prone areas like hips-love handles and belly. (alpha 2 receptor sites)
<FFOver40 Note> Watch this video for an amazing explanation by Dr Robert H Lustig that delves deep into the science and biochemistry behind fructose consumption.
So if you’re following along:
over consumption of Fruit is a BIG NO-NO for anyone interested in maximizing fat loss.
Fruit clearly has a lot of other beneficial qualities. It is a tremendous source of micro nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber and antioxidants. It is also essential in helping ward off chronic disease and maintaining immunity.
FFOver40 bottom line:
- If you are shooting for single digit or in the case of females-competitive level body fat percentages- your fruit consumption should be strictly minimized. (FFOver40 eats NO FRUIT ever)
- For anyone else, a couple of servings of Fruit per day (especially high fiber fruit like Berries-Apples-Pears etc)won’t hurt and should offer the micronutrients necessary to maintain a strong and healthy immune system free of sickness and disease. (For Triathletes or athletes competing in sports or activities causing massive caloric burn-fruit is great to quickly replenish and restore liver glycogen levels-More on that in an upcoming blog)
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