Primary Sources of Fructose?

17 Jan 2013

If you read my stories for any length of time, you will grow to understand a great deal about fructose as well as many other subjects that I believe are very important for you to take better care of yourself and your family.

I wrote an entire book about fructose (Fructose Exposed) and it is obvious from my studies that much of what ails our youth today is directly related to daily, excess fructose consumption. The first food pyramid was introduced in Sweden in 1974 and was introduced formally to America in 1992. It was advised to consume up to four servings of fruit per day. The problem with this is that our metabolism cannot handle that much fructose in a healthy way, especially with other sources of fructose added into the mix.

Fructose consumed in a fashion outlined by the US Department of Agriculture has led to a change in the metabolism of our bodies and leads to the metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of problems that include: elevated bad cholesterol with depression of good cholesterol; high blood pressure, belly fat obesity and type 2 diabetes. While you only have to have three of the five, many will end with all five diagnoses.

The problem is that most of us do not know what fructose is, let alone where it is found. The American food label is not required to tell the consumer how much fructose is present in a commodity. I guess that will be my job for awhile. The big five sources in the super market are: fruit, fruit juice, honey, table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

We have been educated to consume fruit in large quantities for decades now and the metabolic disaster in America is seen everywhere. For most of us, one large apple contains more fructose than our liver can safely metabolize in a day.

Other fruits loaded with fructose are watermelon, cantaloupes, pears, dates, oranges, nectarines, bananas, sweet cherries, mangos, peaches, blue berries, pineapples and pomegranate. All fruits have some fructose but limes have the least amount. I would suggest you start to do a fructose inventory of your diet as your liver can only safely handle about 10-15 grams of this sweet nectar per day and the average daily consumption in the US is over 85 grams.

Fructose Exposed, 2010