Fruit, referred to in the low carb world as “nature’s candy”, is thought to be a healthy alternative to junk food or sweets because its made up of fructose and fiber, but those fighting insulin resistance or trying to lose weight should stick to the fruits recommended on the Meaty Low Carb Food Pyramid. Get your free copy in the right HERE.
Juice, on the other hand, is pure fructose and should absolutely be avoided! 🧃 🚫 🙅🏻♀️
Fruit juice, with the fiber removed, takes the fast track to your bloodstream, causing a quick sugar spike. Having a glass in the morning at breakfast when we are most insulin resistant is the WORST time for that to happen.
Fructose, like alcohol, is metabolized by the liver. The liver will use what it can for energy production in a limited capacity, and the rest gets converted to fat. And not just the jiggly fat we talk about on our butts and thighs, but the visceral fat, surrounding our organs in our midsection.
The kind most associated with chronic health problems.
The belly fat.
The bad stuff.
You’ve likely heard that a person who drinks too much alcohol can develop alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is a build up of fat that can severely damage the liver, an organ we can’t live without. Fructose does the exact same thing, but it’s called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Remember sugar is half fructose (and half glucose) and that “high fructose corn syrup” that they put in everything is, HIGH FRUCTOSE.
We are consuming a lot of fructose already at an alarming rate, a tall glass of juice is like throwing a can of lighter fluid on a fire. Boom 💥
If you wish to consume fruit, choose low carb options like berries, find local sources and eat in season. Eat your fruit in its natural form, with its fiber intact. Don’t pulverize it into a smoothie. The full fiber will slow your insulin response and slow the fructose absorption. It also helps to eat fruit toward the end of an evening meal containing protein and fat, and not on its own.