15 years ago, I worked at a feed store. Every day, during orange harvesting season, one of the local farmers who was a regular customer would stop by and give me a bag of his oranges. I would eat up to 10 or 12 of them a day. Another guy I worked with would frequently warn me that eating all those oranges would make me fat because they contain so much sugar.
Well, it never happened. I carried on eating a dozen deliciously sweet oranges every day without adding an inch to my waist band. So, was my coworker wrong? Not entirely… oranges do contain a lot of sugar, but it’s natural fructose, and it is not the same as table sugar. The refined sugars we eat are not fructose, they are fructose+glucose, and our body treats that chemical compound differently than fructose alone. There are also phytonutrients in fruits that block and minimize the uptake of sugar and consequential insulin spikes we experience when we eat fructose.
The video below, by Michael Greger M.D, explains the difference between these two sugars perfectly…
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