Can Sugar In Fruit Really Cause Weight Gain?

So over the last few decades the increase of obesity has been attributed to a number of different causes, first it was:-

Fats – it was stated that our diet’s contained too much fat, which was a leading contributor to increasing obesity levels. So to combat this people cut out fats from there diets.

Even though they thought they knew what was causing the increase in obesity, the levels continued to increase. So they then thought it must be one of the other food groups:-

Carbohydrates – so now they attributed the obesity epidemic to the high levels of carbohydrates in peoples diets.

But yet the obesity levels still continued to increase!

Now they are attributing the obesity epidemic to:

SUGAR – people are cutting sugar from their diets, which includes fruit (as fruit contains sugar).

In ALL three cases they are correct that diets high in fats, carbohydrates and / or sugar can and will cause weight gain.

HOWEVER…..

When the general public is informed by leading companies or organisations that to loose weight you would need to cut these from your diets. However the problem with this was and still is that they only tell you some of the information (the iceberg theory).

(The iceberg theory – the suggestion of a much larger or more complex issue or problem).

Do you know there is MORE than one form of fat? Do you know what they are?

 

(You can find out more about the different types of fat by reading my blog, ‘Eat Fat To Lose Fat.’)

Do you know there is MORE than form of carbohydrate? Do you know what they are?

 

Do you know there is MORE than one type of sugar? Do you know what they are?

 

What do you think of when told about ‘sugar?’

Usually we instantly conjure up this image:-

 

So now you know that sugar’s are split into three main categories but these are made up from smaller molecules:-

 

  • Monosaccharides (simple sugars) – glucose, fructose and galactose.
  • Disaccharides (double sugars) – sucrose, lactose and maltose.
  • Polysaccharides (complex sugars) – starch, glycogen and cellulose.

So the common type of table sugar that we conjure up in our minds is as a ‘disaccharide‘ known as ‘sucrose;’ a combination of glucose + fructose.

This type of sugar is ADDED to processed foods such as:-

  • Drinks
  • Cereals
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Pastries

Fruit however contains ‘high’ levels of naturally occurring ‘fructose’ as opposed to the more commonly associated table sugar: ‘sucrose.’

Fruit provides you with energy and is also rich in vital vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre that the body needs on a daily basis.

Here is an example of the different types of naturally occurring ‘sugars’ in a banana:-

Because of this natural occurring ‘sugar’ in fruit; eating fruit will NOT lead to weight gain.

If fact it can help you to LOSE weight by keeping you fuller for longer and by improving your digestion system due to the fibre content.

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