The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice
How true do you think this statement is?
(And before I continue, I'm talking about food! Get your head outta the gutter...)
"The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice".
Sounds like a crock of you-know-what to me.
I mean, I'm pretty sure I had blackberries last week and they were NOT sweet.
And, I had blueberries yesterday...still NOT sweet.
I mean yeah they're good for you and taste alright, but sweet? Not so much.
Maybe I'm just buying the ones that aren't ripe yet...
But I digress.
Let me get to the nitty gritty on...
And to dig even deeper, the type of sugar in fruit, which is the now-infamous "Fructose".
Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard how bad High Fructose Corn Syrup is.
It's a cheap type of sugar that most manufacturers put in soft drinks, juices, and junk foods....
And it's even hiding in MOST types of bread and processed goods. (Just look on the ingredient panel...it's usually the 2nd ingredient in bread...WTF!)
But the interesting thing is fructose is ALSO the type of sugar that's in good ol' fruit!
Now I won't tell you fruit itself is bad (it's not).
But I will tell you there's some evidence to suggest that very high fruit intake for overweight/obese types is not so good after all.
Fructose is a special type of sugar that the body converts into liver glycogen, which is a carb-energy stored in the liver.
The problem is: when we eat too many fructose-rich foods, the limited amount of storage space in our liver is filled to the brim.
And since many of us don't work out, this energy keeps piling up in the liver.
So...very similar to the carb-overload that causes insulin resistance in your muscles (and leads to fat gain)...
This excess fructose causes an overflow in the liver's very small glycogen storage space.
And with nowhere else to go, it is converted into liver fat.
This is the type of fat widely known to lead to fatty liver disease, diabetes, obesity, and various other health problems.
What can you do about it (if you want to lose weight)?
Keep fruit IN your diet for the phytonutrients, antioxidants, and all the other good stuff.
BUT don't have any more than 2-3 pieces a day.
Your liver needs a limited amount of glycogen every day, and the 2-3 pieces a day will replenish your body without taxing your liver.
Heck, I cut out fruit intake completely at various points of my 76 pound weight loss.
But me + any carb/sugar = fat gain...and we're not all alike.
You'll simply have to experiment with it yourself.
And for now, if your diet is NOT free of excess fructose (a.k.a. you're still eating processed foods)...
You'll want to check out my "flat belly solution" here:
===> How to flush out "trapped" fat, remove toxins, cleanse the liver
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