There is much consternation about carbohydrates in our diets, including fructose. But what actually happens when people eat a lot of fructose but in the form of fruit?
In one experiment, people were asked to eat twenty – yes 20 – servings of fruit each day, for 3 to 6 months. Despite the extraordinarily high fructose content, investigators reported no adverse effects (and possible benefits) for body weight, blood pressure, and insulin and lipid levels. This 4 minute video would be four minutes of your life spent fruitfully
Furthermore, the Global Burden of Disease Study found that low fruit intake was the number one dietary risk factor, responsible for an estimated 4.9 million deaths a year globally.
The bottom line seems to be that intact fruit, with its protective fibre, antioxidants and phytochemicals, is beneficial. On the other hand, processed foods with added fructose can stay in the naughty corner.