Is Fructose Dangerous? Are Raw Diets Too High In Fructose?
by Cliff Samuels
Cliff's Question: Andrew, Hi.
Great website, very inspiring.
Is the fructose in fruit dangerous? A friend asked me to watch a video (somewhat tedious) of a northern California professor going off about the dangers of fructose, even with fructose contained in fruits.
Nope, there's nothing dangerous about fructose.
Fructose has gotten a bad rap because of its inclusion in high fructose corn syrup, an industrial, highly-processed sweetener that bears little resemblance to whole fruits and vegetables, which also contain fructose.
Fructose is a simple sugar, and our cells uses it quite efficiently to fuel our brains, muscles, and much of the rest of our bodies.
Along with the other commonly-consumed simple sugars in fruit, sucrose (saccharose) and glucose, fructose is what we should be seeking out to run our bodies. They're the basis of any healthy raw food diet.
All of the research that's shown fructose to be harmful has been in relation to its use in highly-processed foods, which we shouldn't be eating.
There has been little research into the effect fructose consumed in whole foods has on us, but what little there is indicates it's extremely healthy and aids in weight loss.
I've covered this issue in more depth in this article.
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