Archive for May 15th, 2007

Can Fruits Cause Obesity?

May 15, 2007

imagesfrd1.jpgWe love fruits.  Being a natural source of sugar, we believe it is harmless in most ways. In fact you may have heard friends who tell you that they lose weight because they are on a fruit diet!  But too much of a good thing can turn out bad especially if over-consumption becomes a habit rather than an exception.

Recently though, the notion that fruits is generally okay has been challenge especially in the field of obesity.  Apparently, in animal studies, researchers from the University of Florida have found that fructose tricks your brain into thinking that you are hungrier than you truly are, causing you to eat more to feel satiated. The pathway at which fructose may be responsible for the rising epidemic of obesity is published in Nature Clinical Practice: Nephrology.

While it is common knowledge that the common causes of obesity includes the intake of high-fat, high-calorie foods and forgoing exercise, the concept of fructose as one culprit has never been on top of the list to determine if this sugar is in fact an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome, a condition that is linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Fructose is present in many foods that we eat including the high fructose corn syrup to soft drinks, the jellies our children love , the pastries,  the tomato or banana ketchup and other commonly used products.  It is estimated that fructose consumption has risen more than 30 percent since the 1970s which coincided with the rise in the rate of metabolic syndrome and obesity worldwide.

But can fruits cause obesity? No link of that yet but again… eating a balanced meal with a fruit serving per meal should not make one gain weight MORE than the benefits of fruit consumption you’ll get!  But the general rule on fruits is: The Sweeter…The More Fructose…The More Calories!One Fruit Per Meal Is The Deal!