One of the fastest ways to completely trash your health and sabotage fat-loss is to eat excessive amounts of fructose.
The problem is that most people confuse glucose, found in healthy-starchy carbs, with the various forms of fructose — which is a cheap sweetener usually derived from corn.
In fact, excessive consumption of fructose can produce new fat-cells around the heart, liver, and other digestive organs.
Additionally, certain types of fructose can negatively impact your…
– Blood sugar
– Energy levels
– Cellular health and…
– Joint health
All of this can potentially lead to insulin resistance, elevated levels of bad triglycerides, bad cholesterol, and even cardiovascular disease.
And here’s the real SCARY part.
Fructose is a cheap sweetener, so it’s “hidden” in almost every type of over-the-counter, processed healthy food.
Just go to the health food isle at your local grocery store and look at a few labels. You’ll see it EVERYWHERE.
It’s found in almost all over-the-counter protein powders, health food bars, and it’s even a staple in whole wheat breads.
But glucose, on the other hand, simply doesn’t produce these negative metabolic side-effects.
When you consume processed fructose, it goes directly to your liver and gets converted to fat…but every cell in your body, even your brain, utilizes glucose.
So 95% of the time your body burns up glucose immediately after you consume it. On average, only 1 out of every 120 calories from glucose gets stored as fat.
Glucose also has been shown to suppress your hunger hormone ghrelin and helps stimulate leptin…so it can help you control your appetite and cravings better.
Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin. This can lead to unhealthy food binges.
Bottom line: Your body was designed to run on glucose.
Take Home Lesson
Get your fructose from fruits and veggies.
This will keep your total daily intake of fructose somewhere around 10 to 15 grams per day VS. the average fake food or energy drink…which can sometimes be as high as 50 to 75 grams. Yikes.
And make sure that you read your food labels and watch for cheap forms of corn syrup, fructose, and HFCS.
My wife and I try to consume the majority of our glucose (from healthy tubers like potatoes, yams, and squash) AND fructose (from fruits) in our post-workout window.
This is how you can give your body the fuel it needs to rev up your metabolic rate and naturally manipulate hormones…
WITHOUT worrying about fat “spillover.”
So if anybody tries to tell you that a calorie is a calorie…don’t fall for it.
Your “choices” make ALL the difference.