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How bad is Fructose?
I was watching The Biggest Loser last week, and Bob Harper said that we should throw out everytjing that had Fructose in it...Bread, cereals....ect...I am just wondering if I have to do that...Thank you
Fructose naturally is fine. High fructose corn syrup is what you should be more concious of when shopping for food. There's a lot of info and the corn refiners have their lovely commercials which say it's fine (which is what made me look more deeply into the claim as I found their marketing a little dodgy). However, if you do your own research, you'll find that it starts out with corn, but then undergoes processing which changes it into something else. I've also ready that your body processes it differently than fructose and it confuses the signals that tell you you're full.
There was a news piece on this site about HFCS—Link
yes, that is the worst stuff. having fructose in its natural form is perfectly healthy, but once it's processed and used in starchy food to enhance the flavor, that's where it becomes unhealthy. BUT, it's important not to get scared by this. It's nearly impossible to get rid of it entirely right away, so try to reduce your intake little by little.
Victoria's right, there are small doses of fructose in vegetables and fruits. Bob Harper might have been talking about high fructose corn syrup, which I've heard a lot about, and is commonly found in fruit juices (not the all-natural kinds) sodas, and processed foods. It's the same as the fructose found in fruits, just at a much higher concentration. I've read that usually calories are high in items containing high amounts of HFCS, so that might be reason alone to rethink those foods. Great question! I've been meaning to read up on this for awhile.