A lot of people think that fruit juice is a great alternative when cutting back on soft drinks. However, according to an article at mercola.com, this might not entirely be the case.
Fruit juice contains a great amount of fructose concentration. According to Dr. Richard Johnson, who is the chief of the division of kidney disease and hypertension at the University of Colorado, warns that a high fructose diet can lead to diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Australia’s obesity situation
In Australia alone, based on body mass index, there are about 63.4% of the population who are either overweight or suffering from obesity. This is from a study published by abs.gov.au from 2014-2015. This presents a remarkable jump from 56.3 percent obesity from a survey conducted in 1995.
A good guess as to why the obesity rate is on the move is the steady rise of fructose-laden treats and drinks currently flooding our supermarkets and stores. One of the biggest problems with these sugary delights is that people tend to develop an addiction for them. That sugar load becomes a bad habit that is hard to break.
Sugar is addictive
According to an article by Princeton.edu, a study was conducted with the goal that sugar is a highly addictive substance. Professor Bart Hoebel and his team spearheaded this endeavour with the use of lab rats. The experiment wanted to see if the lab rats who were fed a sugar diet will eventually show the same signs that people on high sugar diets exhibit.
What the study has concluded is not just remarkable but shocking.
The rats who were fed a high sugar diet and then cut-off started working harder when the sugar is reintroduced to them. The rats showed signs of craving and relapse behaviour when it came to having more sugar.
Sugar also reared other ugly problems for the rats. One such issue was that the rats started consuming more alcohol when their sugar supply was cut off. This shows that sugar addiction can lead to other destructive behaviours.
While all this information may seem grim for sugar lovers, there is a way on how you can prevent becoming a sugar addict.
Lessen your fructose consumption
Avoiding fruit juice is a must when you want to start withdrawing from fructose. Some fruit juices have an equal if not more amount of sugar compared to popular soft drink brands. You can substitute whole fruits as an alternative. However, whole fruits must still be consumed moderately. Dr. Johnson suggests that eating two to four natural fruits a day is fine for the average person. But for those people who have a high insulin resistance, 15 grams of fructose from natural fruits is the suggested range of consumption.
If you keep this in mind and keep a low fructose diet, Dr. Johnson believes that you will not only reduce your weight but also keep your insulin levels healthy and prevent hazardous diseases like obesity and diabetes.
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Make fructose a thing of the past this 2017!