Fruits gain their sweet and sugary taste from a sugar called fructose. Fructose is a type of sugar which differs from glucose in structure and in digestion. According to a study done in Texas, the metabolizing of sugar is done in the liver, however the hormones leptin and insulin known for regulating glucose, have no control over fructose. Fructose goes through the liver, bypassing leptin and insulin, and is processed quickly into body fat, increasing your triglyceride levels.
Why worry about triglyceride levels?
High levels of triglycerides is a major factor which increases insulin resistance, a condition directly related to weight gain, and more importantly difficulty in weight loss. Moreover, higher levels of triglycerides means higher levels of fat which leads to obesity-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
So I shouldn’t eat any fruit?
Our aim is not to destroy fruit from your diet, but to redefine what fruit means to you. Rather than being a healthy snack, fruit should be seen as a healthy alternative to a dessert. The fact is, fructose is found in all fruits, raising triglyceride levels and the chances of health complications. For the sake of weight loss, it is a good idea to cut out added sugars and fruit in order to lower your triglyceride levels and lose weight.
Well what do I eat?
Vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants are all found through the consumption of non-starchy vegetables, and therefore should be prioritized ahead of fruits as they do not come with the unhealthy fructose which will hinder your weight loss. By prioritizing non-starchy vegetables over fruits, added sugars, and highly processed foods, attaining your weight loss goal will happen faster and easier, letting you live your best life.
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For a weight loss solution with real, long-lasting results, contact Pria Wellness Center. We will comprehensively assess your current physical condition and make recommendations based on your body’s unique needs. Dr. Fernandez is board certified in obesity medicine and weight management, so you can trust that you are being taken care of by a qualified specialist. And we take a holistic approach to weight loss, working with dieticians, psychologists, personal trainers, and physicians to ensure that all of your needs are met and you keep the weight off for good. What do you have to lose except extra weight? Schedule a consultation online by clicking here, or contact the office at (410) 565-6552.