New studies* are showing that the sugars from fruits (fructose) are NOT processed in the liver as previously thought.
Instead, fructose is processed in the small intenstine where excessive fructose (the bits that can’t be processed fast enough) then pass through to the liver.
But the shocking fact is that the liver cannot process fructose other than converting it to FAT.
This process can also cause damage to the liver. So ultimately too much fructose can leave you fatter, lead to liver disease and even type 2 diabetes.
The researchers concluded that the liver is never even meant to see fructose – let alone process it. Fructose is meant to be all processed in the small intestine.
Joshua D Rabinowitz or Princeton University, whose laboratory led the study explains…
“The microbiome is designed to never see sugar…as soon as you drink the soda or juice, the microbiome is seeing an extremely powerful nutrient that it was designed to never see.”
Back in ancient times, this wasn’t a problem as fruits were hard to come by and never eaten to excess.
However in many western diets, fructose is readily available in fruit juices but ALSO in high fructose corn syrup. So fructose is suddenly EVERYWHERE and in very concentrated doses.
So how do you eat fruit safely?
Here’s our simple 3 step approach to getting the nutritional benefits of fruit without the damage of fructose overwhelm for your gut!
- Choose nutrient dense fruits such as blueberries and strawberries. These are slightly lower in fructose compare to other fruit but still pack a punch of vital nutrients.
- AVOID processed sugary food that likely contains high fructose corn syrup. Stick to natural sugars such as raw honeys and agave nectar.
- AVOID fruit juice. Without the balancing fibre of the whole fruit, it’s too easy to over consume. Instead of fruit juice, drink a glass of water before eating your fruit. The water will quench your thirst and you won’t feel so hungry to eat so much fruit (sugar).
*Want the full report? Read the full study here