We can never imagine something as healthy as fruits to be bad for us in any way. In fact, fruits are our go-to-snacks when we are planning to eat something healthy. We also know that many diets criticise fruits for the natural sugar they have. Does that make fruits bad for weight loss?
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The simple and straight answer is NO!
Sugar is the simplest form of carbohydrate and occurs naturally in many foods including milk, honey, vegetables and fruits. Talking about fruits, they contain several kinds of sugar and almost half of it comes from fructose.
If you know, fructose makes up about half the carbohydrates in table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. And as fructose filled sweets have been linked with weight gain, many diets say that fructose from fruits can be problematic for weight loss. But that’s rarely the case.
Researchers have found that people who eat fruits tend to be slimmer than those who don’t eat fruits. In a study published in the journal Metabolism, 107 obese and overweight people volunteered. People were divided into two groups and both were fed with equal calorie plans. One group was fed with 20 grams of fructose from fruits while the other was fed with 50 – 70 grams of fructose from fruits.
The results were that high fruit eaters lost 48 per cent more weight than the people consume less fruits.
Say YES to fruits
Fruits are not just fructose. They are rich in fibre and magnesium, which is good for our overall health. It also helps our body to use insulin more effectively. Moreover, the fructose in fruits does not promote the blood sugar spikes in the way processed food does.
In fact, eating fruits helps you create that calorie deficit required to lose weight. This is because you can easily load up on cola but never fruits. In fact, most of us are not having enough.