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How to Take Control Over Your Sugar Addiction

Julieanna Hever - How to Take Control Over Your Sugar Addiction

This event was on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

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Can you explain more about how fructose in fruit is absorbed differently than when it is put in other things such as pop? And should we be limiting the amount of fruit that we are eating?

— Chris


So basically fructose is one sugar it is One part of a piece of fruit if you take if you look at berries, or if you look at any piece of fruit, it's got the fructose, but it also has thank you Patrick. There it is. Yes 40 Whole Food vegan delicious desserts and they are they're really delicious desserts from all sorts of wonderful talented bloggers. And so if you could check that out and you could have some options for when you're really craving something sweet. So fruit has fiber fiber slows absorption into the bloodstream. So basically when you eat something it's broken down and when it's broken down it gets absorbed into the bloodstream, right? Then it goes through that whole process of absorption and fiber slows down. So basically fiber slows the absorption of the sugar into the bloodstream basically slows it going down the digestive tract and through the whole process and helps normal normalize or regulate blood sugar levels. So, you know, it's very different than when you pull out the fructose you're taking out the fiber you're taking out all these other wonderful nutrition elements and you're just you're just having that sugar so it's basically digested for you but it ends up being a much bigger hit and you can see what happens to the blood sugar spikes if you measure it and you can see what happens insulin spikes when you measure that as well and both of those things. You don't want to have high high and lows like that. You don't want to have your blood sugar fluctuating and that those Extreme Ways because that's what promotes the disease cas. And it you know, it's just it's not healthy. So interestingly sugar or fructose, but specifically fructose. By the way, sucrose is I mean sugar is fructose and sucrose so those fructose is absorbed through the liver. It's actually has a completely different metabolic pathway and it goes into its metabolized in the liver first. It's a whole it's a completely different pathway as other sugars and that's interestingly why we're seeing this huge surge in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease because of the high consumption of sodas and and high fructose corn syrup. So it basically has a very similar impact on the body as does alcohol which is kind of crazy, but it's true. And what happens is we end up building fatty streaks inside the liver over time with, you know, excessive consumption of fructose. And that's what can lead to this like liver disease basically liver disease and other cardio metabolic implications that come from that so much better to eat the fruit. I've never seen anyone, you know, get less healthy or have any negative impacts from eating too much fruit any of you know, those fruitarians out there now, And we've seen people that even have type 1 diabetes that are regulating their blood sugar is eating mostly fruit. It's pretty extraordinary. I've talked about that here before but fruit is, you know, it's a healthy natural whole food and I recommend consuming it and enjoying it doesn't matter how much you know, you you know any I mean if you're I literally seen people just that's their whole diet. So, you know, I want you to eat a nice range of vegetables fruits whole grains legumes nuts seeds Urban spices, but fruit, I've never seen someone eat too much food. I don't think anyone gets unhealthy or becomes obese or get type do diabetes from consuming fruit itself. I just it just it's just not true. So I don't recommend limiting fruit. I recommend enjoying your fruit and and that's the difference.


Julieanna Hever

Julieanna Hever

Plant-Based Dietitian