Much has been written about consuming processed foods and drinks laced with the sugar known as fructose. But why is this simple product, which is often times billed as all natural food or sweetner such a troublemaker?
Mainly because fructose does not “burn” like other sugars. In fact fructose is only about 60% efficient in converting to simpler molecules. So this means 40% or so fructose gets converted to fat!
This also explains why those who consume the excess amounts of fructose common to modern diets have a very difficult time managing their weight.
The biggest offender of course is soda.
As we’ve written about before there is no reason that anybody with their eye on health or disease prevention should ever be consuming soda. This also includes artificial and calorie free sweeteners in soda, other drinks and foods.
Even a zero calorie soda that tastes sweet to your body WILL still create a weight gain situation!
Fructose can also be found in high amounts in fruits. This is why many people who go on the so called “fruit” diets or drink a lot of fruit juices have a very difficult time controlling blood sugar and losing weight or keeping weight off.
It’s also why our diet plan is carbohydrate controlled and this includes limiting serving sizes of fruits.
Typically, a serving size of fruit would be one half banana, one half or one small apple, pear etc. Generally, berries unless overripe are not so much a problem. Melon, again when consumed in moderation are usually not a problem either.
Remember we are having this conversation about fructose and neuropathy treatment because it is obesity, metabolic syndrome and prediabetes which are at the cause of over 50% of idiopathic cases of neuropathy and these also complicate many forms of chronic pain.
Taming your fructose consumption is just one thing but big thing you can do right now to improve the quality of your life both short and long term!
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