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Fructose Overload: Can You Get Too Much Fruit Sugar?


By +Carolyn Richardson on Oct 12, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You

Sugar is continually blamed for adding empty calories and causing obesity, but there’s something else to consider: it can also make you sick to your stomach.  Sure you remember those tummy aches after too much candy, or your mother not wanting to spoil your appetite with dessert, but there's more to too much sugar’s ill effect.  Newer research is exposing the cause of discomfort may be too much fructose.  Dietary fructose intolerance, now called fructose malabsorption (FM), is getting more public attention.

What is It?

Sugar consumption is a major concern in America where we consume over 131 pounds of caloric sweeteners of which about 49 pounds is high fructose corn syrup.  Too much fructose, which naturally occurs in some fruits, vegetables, and honey and is also a component of refined sugar, including table sugar and high fructose corn syrup, causes gastrointestinal symptoms.  The reason is there is no digestive enzyme to absorb fructose.  Rather, an equal amount of glucose is needed to digest fructose in the small intestine.  Too much fructose without enough glucose is what defines FM.  Like lactose intolerance, it causes gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea and constipation. 

Prevalence

Because of lack of awareness and proper testing, the prevalence of fructose malabsorption among Americans is hard to define.  However, small scale studies have found an alarming rate of FM in otherwise healthy subjects. Published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, one study gave subjects 10% solutions of 15, 25, and 50 grams (g) of fructose.  While minimal FM was observed at 15 and 25 g, breath tests showed 80% affected at the 50 g serving.  Another study, led by Susan Shepherd, M Nut Diet, APD, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, treated patients with irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) and found almost a third had FM.   Yet another reported over 60% of IBS sufferers also have it.

Diagnosis and Testing

Fructose malabsorption can be asymptomatic, but if you’re experiencing symptoms, ask your doctor or dietitian to be tested.  Gases from the large intestine created by undigested fructose cause an increase in hydrogen and methane which can be detected by a breath test.  Because testing is not standardized however, diagnosis may differ among practitioners.  If you are diagnosed, unlike hereditary fructose intolerance, FM is not life-threatening, and can be treated with changes in your diet. 

Treatment and High “Free Fructose” Foods

Treatment does not require a complete removal of foods that contain fructose.  Shepherd’s dietary treatments suggest ingesting glucose with foods, limiting total fructose consumption at each meal, and limiting foods that contain high levels of “free fructose,” noted by >0.5 g/100 g fructose in excess of glucose, or foods with significant fructan content.  In addition to honey, dried fruit, fruit juices, and foods that use high fructose corn syrup, fructose and fruit juice concentrate, as a major sweetening ingredient, the following is a partial list of “unfavorable foods” for fructose malabsorption according to her study: apple, pear, honeydew melon, mango, papaya, cherry, grape, and watermelon.  Shepherd also lists “indulgent quantities” of sucrose sweetened soft drinks and confectionary.


Your thoughts…

Do you think you’re eating too much fructose?



Comments


From what I've been reading and hearing lately, fructose in large amounts (as in high-fructose corn syrup) is downright toxic.  There was an article in the NY TImes Magazine awhile back, which referred to this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

I've not been one for drinking soda in recent decades - my carbonated beverage of choice is plain seltzer.  Recently I've mostly given up grapefruit juice, of which I'm very fond, in favor of unsweetened cranberry juice or low-sodium V8 with a squeeze of lemon.  I don't worry about overdoing the fruit. 

 




I love how in this article they put a big jar of fruit -- like fruit is really a culprit in the war against bad and unnatural sugars.  A big bottle of Mt. Dew would have been a better choice! 



Sugar is very addicting. The only way to stop an addiction to it is to keep it out of your house. There is plenty of "natural" sugar from the fruit that we eat to supply the cells for energy. The more sugar you eat, the more you want to eat. I need to come up with a inexpensive and healthy alternative for Halloween this year, any suggestions????



I am confused as to what this article wants to tell me. Should I stop eating fruits?



Too much fructose (in any form) can cause a fatty liver and encourage fat synthesis.   (This is a separate issue from FM discussed in this article.)

http://www.healthy-eating-support.org/high-fructose-corn-syr up.html

The upshot is that soft drinks, processed foods and even too much fruit juice can defeat our efforts to maintain a healthy weight.  

There is disagreement whether the fructose in whole fruits has the same effect as the fructose added to foods in the form of sugar or HFCS, but it is probably wise to not overdo on any food group! 



I remember my IBS started a little while after adding more fruit to my diet as is the current recommendation. I did notice that not eating any fruit helped a great deal but thought it more important to continue eating it as I didn't think it could be the actual cause. I will have to see if avoiding the fruits mentioned above makes a difference as I particularly like apples, pears and grapes.



After some research and consideration, our family has given up high fructose corn syrup.  Now, we do eat it if we are out or at someone's house because it would be rude not to, but I do not bring it in to our house anymore.  I am also working on cutting out white sugar when I can and replacing it with more non-processed sweeteners.  In my opinion, it's the added and processed sugars that are the problem (in general), and not the natural stuff. 



I have heard too that eating too much sugar robs your body of vitamins and taking vitamins is useless if you are eating too much sugar



Great, another article to scare people away from apples, pears, melon, mangos, cherries, grapes, etc.. The fruit is not the problem people.  Too much sweetened, processed food is.



Please note that, although agave syrup is not required to state on the label it's fructose content, most samples contain between 56-90% fructose, whereas HFCS is only 55%, AND it is every bit as processed. Agree that this article demonizes fruit, which is NOT a very significant source of fructose in the average diet. Also, fructose over-consumption leads to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome and NAFLD! Crazy that agave syrup is touted as a "healthy sugar alternative"...


I think the title of this article is idiotic and the list of fruit at the end is an insult to the intelligence of the reader. I know that  these are derived from a study but why publish such confusing bunk?

Eating fruit is a healthy choice for most people (diabetics should avoid certain fruits)  but it's ridiculous that there is a picture of fruit sprinkled with sugar in conjunction with a title indicating that "fruit sugar" is bad. There should be a bottle of corn syrup in its place.

The problem is processed or manufactured fruit sugars that are in packaged foods and over indulgence in sweets that are bad. When I go grocery shopping I am disgusted at the amount of high fructose corn syrup added to just about everything from salad dressing to soup. It's vulgar what industry has done to products being sold as nutritious food. 

Here is a sensible article on fruit and vegetables along with a list of which fruit should be organic due to pesticides:
http://www.veghealthguide.com/fruits-vegetables/ 



I do not agree with the jar of fruit representing this article! However, I appreciate this article...I am taking a nutrition class and our carbohydrates chapter definitely backs up the fact that the most consumed sugar is fructose. However, most of the overconsumption is added sugars. Fructose is the sugar that tastes sweetest to us. Sucrose, maltose, lactose, glucose, etc are not very sweet in comparison. So sure, blame fructose, but don't blame fruit. Some people can be overly sensitive to fructose, but I would bet most people aren't. Do what's right for yourself and cut out the "added sugar"--soft drinks, too much candy, etc. Those are the things that crowd out other nutrient dense foods. But don't cut out the fruit! Fruit is a wonderful thing for you.



Halloween popcorn! I bought an inexpensive air popper a few years ago, and it seemed so complicated to use. I kept buying the bagged kind (probably with lots of transfats). My husband lugged it out a few months ago (its actually not very big or cumbersome, but in my mind it was), and we have been popping ever since. I have no idea why you would want the bagged stuff over the fresh pop. It is soooo inexpensive, and if you do not add your own melted butter and salt at the end, plain popped corn has so much flavor and is supposedly one of those foods you can eat a lot of and be tired of before you eat too much calorie-wise. So maybe bags of popcorn for the neighbors? or get a bit of chocolate and drizzle it over the corn? YUM!



Actually - I AM fructose intolerant.  I've been tested and was given a list of acceptable and unacceptable foods.  The jar full of fruit is accurate.  For the first month of stripping my diet of fructose - they only fruits allowed 1 - 2 times weekly were avocado, lemons and limes (raw, peeled) and rhubarb (raw, diced).  After 1 month I could work in 1/4 to 1/2 cup strawberries or raspberries and 3-4 sections of orange.  I was to "avoid" all other fruits, fruit juice, jams and jelly.  Some fruits contain fructose "naturally".  What you are to do after stripping down your diet is very gradually work in fructose containing fruits and paying attention to what's causing your upset stomach, and then avoiding that food.  It's tough, takes patience and a lot of food "logging" but can be done.  I can now eat, in moderation of course, some fruit.  Getting rid of honey, sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, peas, onions, sweet wines, ketchup, commercially prepared cakes, cookies, bread, brown sugar, etc. was not fun, but necessary.  It's strictly in moderation now and I have become a great label reader!



Original Post by: justgonnadoit78

I love how in this article they put a big jar of fruit -- like fruit is really a culprit in the war against bad and unnatural sugars.  A big bottle of Mt. Dew would have been a better choice! 


While the cup of fruit MAY seem misleading, it's not. Fructose is a completely natural sugar - and IS FOUND IN FRUIT! (sometimes even called fruit sugar) The food manufacturing industry uses it as a sweetner because it is cheaper than "real" sugar (i.e. glucose) but Fructose is a real naturally occuring sugar. As a matter of fact all it is, chemically, is glucose with the molecules rearranged differently than they are in a glucose molecle (called an isomer).  It can be found either as a single molecule (monosaccharide), or as part of sucrose (which is one molecule of fructose, connected to one molecule of glucose (disaccharide) - hense their warning on limiting sucrose containing sweetners). 



How very strange to have this comment:

apple, pear,honeydew melon, mango, papaya, cherry, grape, and watermelon.  Shepherd also lists “indulgent quantities” of sucrose sweetened soft drinks and confectionary.

Would an apple, say, be worse than a can of coke? What makes an "indulgent quantity? Shouldn't any fruit be better than any soft drink and/or confectionary?

I guess this sort of writing is what makes me ignore dietitians. 



Just being funny here - but I would seriously challenge you to eat an "overly indulgent" amount of apples......and stay out of the bathroom.....(granted having a lot to do with fiber volume - but I'll bet it will pack a pretty good gas punch too!)  :) With soda...let's face it....over indulgence, in my opinion, starts by putting it to your lips. :)



"Sugar consumption is a major concern in America where we consume over 131 pounds of caloric sweeteners of which about 49 pounds is high fructose corn syrup."

is this as a nation per day? as an individual american per year? What does this refer to?


This article needs clarification. First, some degree of carbohydrate malabsorption is a normal physiological phenomenon.  Fructose malabsorption affects about 30% of people when large amounts are eaten all at once.

Case in point: the reference from Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology notes that “minimal fructose malabsorption was observed at 15g and 25g (of fructose), but breath tests showed 80% were affected at the 50g serving.” To get 50g of fructose outside of the lab, you'd have to eat 4 large apples or 1/3rd of a large watermelon all at once – never a good idea. Besides, research studies work with pure fructose, whereas in food, fructose almost always occurs with glucose.

Fructose in whole fruit behaves differently from fructose in beverages because the fiber and other components of fruit help to slow the absorption of fructose. In a 2009 review paper on fructose, researchers from Tufts University concluded that in order to decrease the high incidence of obesity, diabetes, lipid problems and insulin resistance associated with over consumption of HFCS, people should eat more whole fruits and vegetables and less HFCS and table sugar. Fruit juice is another matter because it has very little fiber. The serving size for fruit juice is 4 ounces. (To see the actual fructose content of common foods, click “See more extended nutritional details” under the food label on Calorie Count and scroll down to see fructose.) 

For beatoews "this sort of writing is what makes me ignore dietitians," the author of this article is not a dietitian (but I am) and the comments of Susan Shepherd in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association were meant for patients with irritable bowel syndrome.  Registered Dietitians are the most trustworthy source for nutrition information.



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A friend of mine who happens to be a Holistic Doctor, we were in a discussion about this not long ago. But the discussion was that Sugar in general, and specifically High Fructose Corn Syrup causes you blood to move to the the Acidic state. You really want your blood slightly above Ph neutral in a alkaline state. From what I have been reading cancer cells thrive in acidic blood. Thus just another reason to avoid refined sugar and High Frutose Corn Syrup.



I call myself a 'sugarholic' and have been since childhood. Most of my food comes with HFCS or Fructose of some kind. I've been a calorie counter for years but still found I was putting sugary somethings in for food. I stumbled across a friend and we were just blah blah-ing when I said I just couldn't seem to break my sugar addiction (sorry all but I seriously consider it an addiction, I can take or leave alcohol but don't you dare tell me I can't have cake!). She said I should look at Medifast, it is used to help people with hypoglycemia and diabetes regulate blood sugar and insulin by restricting the use of fructose to small amounts. They use vitamins, soy protein, fiber and low carbs to change your brain's "wants" then transition people into eating healthy portions of fruits, veggies etc. It is definitely a change in eating habits for me but I LOVE not being hungry and not having a desire to eat sweets constantly, I feel strangely free and my skin is clearing up. Anyway, it is an option if you are feeling strangled by the constant need to get your sugar fix.



Original Post by: ninav

I think the title of this article is idiotic and the list of fruit at the end is an insult to the intelligence of the reader. I know that  these are derived from a study but why publish such confusing bunk?

Eating fruit is a healthy choice for most people (diabetics should avoid certain fruits)  but it's ridiculous that there is a picture of fruit sprinkled with sugar in conjunction with a title indicating that "fruit sugar" is bad. There should be a bottle of corn syrup in its place.

The problem is processed or manufactured fruit sugars that are in packaged foods and over indulgence in sweets that are bad. When I go grocery shopping I am disgusted at the amount of high fructose corn syrup added to just about everything from salad dressing to soup. It's vulgar what industry has done to products being sold as nutritious food. 

Here is a sensible article on fruit and vegetables along with a list of which fruit should be organic due to pesticides:
http://www.veghealthguide.com/fruits-vegetables/ 


I completely agree with you ninav.



This is so true.  I wish I had known earlier. I have suffered with constant. explosive gas and diarrhea for the past year.  I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 35 years, slim and a healthy eater and exerciser.  I did not eat an excessive amount of fruit but was getting worse and worse in the gastrointestinal department.  I am a flight attendant and had to miss work because of this. (my passwengers were grateful, I am sure!)  Stop eating fruit and in 6 days all was well.  Apples ARE the worst. I do eat lemons, limes, clementines and bananas and have not had any problems.  Guess if I am constipated, I'll eat an apple but that hasn't happened in the past 6 months.  I had 7 doctor appointments, with the samples, blood tests, breath tests, with no success and then the PA (not the doc) suggested I cut out fruit and see what happens.  Voila!!!!



I agree. Sugar is addictive. I crave it alot! I've tried just this week, getting some more protien (I'm vegetarian) and that seems to help. Constantly thinking about sweets is not fun. Eating them is worse because of the "crash" and the sugar "blues".
I'm with you--alcohol, who cares--but cake--just try and pry it from my cold, dead hand! Laughing



Thanks for posting.  I was diagnosed two years with FM as well as dairy and gluten intolerances.  I struggled for a long time with symptoms, which got progressively worse as I enetered my late 30's. I follow a FODMAP diet which is VERY restricting but I feel soooooo much better.



After reading so much poor information in these articles featured in Caloriecount.com, I think I'll just be using it to merely track my caloric intake from now on.



Thanks Mulder! That is so true, I was spiking then needed a nap, gawd I don't miss that. Many of the Medifast items are vegetarian.  Btw...For my cake fix I have their brownie and mix in some finely chopped walnuts. 



I find that I feel really naseous after eating toast and jam- thanks for this- thought I was imagining it!



just to add- it's not fruit that makes me feel ill- it's jam. even honey is fine for me.

 



I have suffered from fructose malabsorption for almost 6 years now. After 6 months of tests for coeliacs and one gastroenterologist saying I was "too young" for anything like that (I was 18 at the time) another gastroenterologist finally suggested that I get tested for lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption. BINGO! Fructose was the culprit.

I am originally from Australia, and HFCS doesn't exist over there. Back home, I had figured out the diet that worked for me. The fruits I COULD eat include citrus, bananas and berries. Cherries are alright in small amounts. I also had to limit my wheat intake, as wheat contains chains of fructose called fructans that can also effect some people. When I moved over to the States, I bought rice krispies as cereal (we have the same product back home). Bam, I was sick again. Finally someone told me about HFCS and now I religiously check labels on foods.

I agree that a more suitable picture would have been something that contains HFCS or another processed sugar, and the title "Fructose Overload: can you get too much fruit sugar?" is very misleading. Fruit isn't bad for you! If you can tolerate it, eat an apple! When it's in season, my husband lives off watermelon and I'm happy for it. It replaces his potato chip obsession.

Where I disagree with all the complaints about this article is that those fruits listed (especially apples, I agree kitkat4871) are necessary to list in ANY article about Fruc Mal, even one with a very misleading title. These are the culprit fruits for most sufferers, the first to check in any elimination diet.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms, get it checked out. My Fruc Mal was triggered by my first year of university exams, and flared up with each semester's exams thereafter. As soon as I went on a low fructose diet, I had no gut pain, I had more energy/concentration and no more embarrassing smells.



Original Post by: jesusan

Agave syrup is NOT a 'crazy' healthy alternative, because of one important factor:  glycemic load.  Agave sugar enters the blood stream far more slowly than regular processed sugar.  That means it is less likely to spike your blood sugar and cause insulin surges.  That counts for a lot if you are trying to keep your weight and body fat under control.


This comment simply misses the bigger picture with Agave and Furctose metabolism. The glycemic index is a measurement of blood glucose. So eating furctose in any quantity has no glycemic load at all. This at first sounds good, a diabetic can eat all the fructose he or she wants without worrying about blood sugar. Agave is 90% furctose and therefore very very low on glycemic load so far so good. But there in lies the rub. Fructose is metabolized into the blood stream none the less, it just doesn't show up on a glucometer because a glucometer measures glucose not furctose. You ask, ok, so even if the blood if full of fructose the glucose load is still low and glucose is what causes the problem. Well that's not exactly true either, fructose as a chemical is actually multiple times more likely to cause glycation than glucose. Glycation is the process of protein or fat binding with sugar. This is very bad for the body and why were all told to eat those antioxidants, antioxidants inhibit glycation. The reason high glucose levels are bad is because glucose also causes glycation, and having high glucose causes severe damage. Furctose is more damaging than glucose and stays in the blood longer. Basically it all comes down to this. When you eat glucose your blood glucose rises and the body reacts to try and lower it ( and fails in diabetics ) when you eat fructose you eat something much worse than glucose only the body doesn't react and therefore it stays in your blood longer causing more damage. Furthermore since it's not detected by a glucometer the person eating the fructose ( form Agave or regular sugar ) assumes that they are being healthy because fructose doesn't register on the meter. Mean while the furctose just floats around being bad with no school teacher to give it a time out. Since your glucose meter doesn't detect fructose you assume your all good and think your being healthy. Basically agave is much worse than just eating regular sugar and should not ever be consumed by a diabetic much less the rest of us. On the subject of fruit however, eat as much as you want, I personally stick to berries because they are more nutrient dense but fruit is mostly water and fiber so fruits are totally different. Fruit good Sugar( sucrose or HFCS ) bad, Agave terrible.



Are you telling me high fructose corn syrup can be compared to naturally occuring fructose found in fruit?  I find that hard to "digest."  Material I read equates high fructose corn syrup to a "foreign substance" unable to be recognized as a "true nutrient" and therefore improperly metabolized by the body and tending to be deposited as belly fat.



Original Post by: bigtex47

Are you telling me high fructose corn syrup can be compared to naturally occuring fructose found in fruit?  I find that hard to "digest."  Material I read equates high fructose corn syrup to a "foreign substance" unable to be recognized as a "true nutrient" and therefore improperly metabolized by the body and tending to be deposited as belly fat.


And I failed to include...a great percentage of corn grown today is genetically modified (GMO).  Bred to be resistant to the nasty herbicide, Roundup.  Don't get me started on that...



Original Post by: katyladybug

Please note that, although agave syrup is not required to state on the label it's fructose content, most samples contain between 56-90% fructose, whereas HFCS is only 55%, AND it is every bit as processed. Agree that this article demonizes fruit, which is NOT a very significant source of fructose in the average diet. Also, fructose over-consumption leads to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome and NAFLD! Crazy that agave syrup is touted as a "healthy sugar alternative"...

EXACTLY!!!! Fruit is good for you provided you are not eating a pound of raisins a day! I have IBS, gastritus and allllll kinds of digestive trouble, and fruit- expecially papaya, bananas and berries save me much. This is so misleading.



I will continue eating fruit because it is delicious and healthy. I have been limiting my other sugars, and I will continue lowering them slowly so it doesn't cause a huge shock to my system. But I will continue eating fruit in their natural form because it's just much better for me then not eating fruit at all in fear of too much sugar.



As a hypoglycemic person I have to be careful about my fructose absorption.  I am glad to see that people are taking this issue more seriously.  If I eat anything with fructose in it alone I tend to get a sick stomach.  I make a point to ensure that I am balancing and that I keep away from the processed types.  That seems to make the biggest difference on my stomach, sadly, not my waistline. 



Any "Engineered Food" with is bad. They are safe as long as they are on Shelf of Shopping Malls. Natural is good .. period. I am in prediabetic/early diabetic range and eat fruits without any problem. I have reduce 10kg weight after dumping all Uncle Chips, PEP-COLA, McD's et al down the drain. No fruit juice .. eating whole fruit is good.

Sugar and white poison called Sugar Free (Aspartame loaded) shouldn't be touched even with a barge pole. Stevia sweetner is what i use.



Eating low sugar fruit will help you to continue to enjoy fruit.  I always watch the sugar in all foods including fruit and have been able to keep my weight down. Berry fruits such as blue and black berrys are low and sugar.  I also eat granny smiths instead of red apples so that I can have the fiber and still enjoy the fruit.



I wonder how long its going to take the mega-conglomerate food companies to try and cover this up.

I can see the commercial now: "Sugar-stomach (that's what our brilliant lawyers are calling it) is just like a normal upset stomach - according to our own independent and completely biased studies of course..."



Please for the sake of those of us that may not be familiar with all the "ism's" how about keeping the acronyms to a minimum and if used please define so we can all get a little smarter when dealing with the medical/health industry.



Inexpensive halloween treat ideas for blogger who requested some non food ideas.  One year I filled a large bowl with pennies and let each child put there own hand in 1 time and take out whatever they could hold with one hand.

Also 1 year bought at Costco a big package of stickers and cut the strips so 5 stickers were on each strip and gave a strip per child.



Fruits are not the problem.



nickels



This article indicates, stop eating and breathing, breathing because even air we breathe is not pure , which will lead to some problem in body. Tongue outLaughingMoney mouthSmile



Original Post by: bigtex47

Original Post by: bigtex47

Are you telling me high fructose corn syrup can be compared to naturally occuring fructose found in fruit?  I find that hard to "digest."  Material I read equates high fructose corn syrup to a "foreign substance" unable to be recognized as a "true nutrient" and therefore improperly metabolized by the body and tending to be deposited as belly fat.


And I failed to include...a great percentage of corn grown today is genetically modified (GMO).  Bred to be resistant to the nasty herbicide, Roundup.  Don't get me started on that...


The thing that makes the fruit different than the hfcs is not the fructose in the fruit, it's the other vitamins and minerals in the fruit along with the fiber and the fact that fruit contains large quantities of water. So no question fruit is good for you. But if you took 10 apples, and removed all the water, all the fiber and every other chemical compound that was not fructose you would be left with fructose. If instead of eating hfcs you ate distilled apple fructose the effect on the body would be chemically identical. So eat your fruit if you want, I just ate half a dozen raspberries myself. But don't be fooled into thinking that agave nectar is somehow more healthful than hfcs it simply isn't because it's chemically identical. For example if I distilled water from a chemical plant and purified it and I distilled water from a wet land and purified it so it was pure h2o, both water's would have the same effect on your body, both being exclusively the same chemical despite the natural, and unnatural source. However, there are some cases in which this is not true. If you have any compelling research on this and fructose I'd be curious to read it, post up some links!



If you are confused about fruits and veggies being an issue, then you do not suffer from FM.  I still eat "safe" fruits and veggies.  After eliminating EVERYTHING and trying it all out one at a time an keeping a journal, I was able to tell what I could have and what I could not.  It's different for everyBODY.

 



I'm confused.  How much is too much fruit?  Most diets suggest that you eat most of your diets calories from fruits and vegetables.  Now what?



Original Post by: sanscot

I'm confused.  How much is too much fruit?  Most diets suggest that you eat most of your diets calories from fruits and vegetables.  Now what?


This is where this article is problematic. Unless you're on a specific diet, like a low fructose diet for Fructose Malabsorption (as I am) or a low sugar diet for diabetes, you can't eat too much fruit unless you ate some astronomically humungous amount of fruit in a day (in which case you'd probably be way over on calories and feeling sick and full to bursting besides).

This article mentions fruits that are high in free fructose because it has also mentioned fructose malabsorption (FM), for people to recognise if they have any of the symptoms mentioned after eating those fruits. What this article fails to mention is all the vegetables (asparagus, onions etc) that also can trigger FM symptoms.

The author really should have concentrated on the processed sugars (HFCS and refined white sugar) that are creeping into our diets more and more, and how we can keep these to a minimum.

Long story short: Fruit is GOOD. If you have FM, some fruits may still be good but this varies as sufferers have different tolerance levels.



well put nfri...



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