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Sugar detox? Cutting carbs? A doctor explains why you should keep fruit on the menu

Sugar detox? Cutting carbs? A doctor explains why you should keep fruit on the menu

If you’re doing a sugar detox or cutting carbs, you sure as hell might want to throw out your fruit bowl. But don’t, says San Francisco-based physician expert and nutritionist Dr. Robert Lustig.

I get it. The sugar in fruit can add up fast, and it’s easy to go overboard. Even one small apple contains 19 grams of sugar, according to the USDA. A cup of grapes has around 23 grams. And a large banana packs a whopping 27 grams.

But here’s the thing: The sugar in fruit is different from the sugar in, say, candy or cake. The type of sugar in fruit is called fructose, a natural sugar found in plants. Glucose, on the other hand, is a simple sugar that’s found in table sugar, honey, and some types of corn syrup.

“Your body metabolizes fructose differently than glucose,” Lustig explains. “Fructose is metabolized in your liver, and when it gets there, it’s turned into fat.”

Glucose, on the other hand, is metabolized by every cell in your body. “It’s the preferred fuel for your brain and your muscles,” Lustig says.

So, yes, fruit contains sugar. But it’s not the same as the sugar in candy or cake. In fact, fruit is packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals that you just don’t find in junk food.

“The sugar in fruit is natural, and it comes with all of these other things that are good for you,” Lustig says. “You’re not going to get that from a candy bar.”

So, if you’re cutting sugar or carbs, fruit should still be on your menu. Just be mindful of how much you’re eating. A good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to two servings of fruit per day.

A new study has found that people who consume a lot of sugar have an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked the sugar intake of over 5,000 individuals over a period of 15 years.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence linking sugar to heart disease. In addition to increasing the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, sugar has also been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems.

While the findings of this study are certainly alarming, it’s important to keep perspective. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is still relatively low, even for those who consume a lot of sugar. And, as with any study, there are some limitations to consider.

Still, the findings of this study are concerning and warrant further investigation. In the meantime, it’s prudent to limit sugar intake, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease. One easy way to do this is to cut back on sugary drinks and snacks.

Fruit is often seen as a healthy alternative to sugary snacks, but it’s important to remember that fruit contains natural sugar. So, while fruit is a good option, it’s not a free pass to eat as much as you want. The best bet is to focus on eating whole fruits and vegetables, and limiting processed foods and drinks.

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