IS EATING FRUITS MAKING YOU FAT: Fructose VS Glucose

IS EATING FRUITS MAKING YOU FAT: Fructose VS Glucose


Can you gain weight from eating fruit? That is the question. The answer is yes. If you consume fruit several times a day in between your meals, then you’ll most likely gain weight. Does that mean you should eliminate fruit from your diet? Nope. Aside from being delicious, fruits contain minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients that keep us healthy. Fruits are low in fat, sodium, and calories. So fruit is definitely something we want to consume. However, the key is knowing when to eat fruit in order to avoid the sugar in the fruit from turning into fat. But before I tell you the best time to eat your fruit it’s important you understand how carbohydrates are used and stored within the body. As we all know, fruits have carbs. Our bodies love using carbs for energy. The type of carb found in fruit is called fructose. Versus glucose, which is another type of carb found in foods such as potatoes, vegetables, and rice. Our bodies store fructose and glucose differently. Fructose is only metabolized in the liver where it is stored as liver glycogen. Glucose goes to the muscle where it is stored as muscle glycogen. By the way, the word Glycogen simply means stored form of carbohydrates. I like to think of the liver glycogen as a fuel tank for the brain because this is where our nervous system likes to pull energy from. As for the muscle glycogen, this is pretty much a fuel tank for our muscles because this is where we get the energy for our workouts. Now since the body only has one liver and lots of muscles, we can get away with eating more glucose than fructose. What happens when we eat too much fructose, is the liver gets full and the excess carbs get converted into body fat. This is why we need to control how much fructose we eat at a time if we don’t want to gain weight. This brings us back to the question, “When is the best time to eat fruit?” Well, the best time is right before you work out. That way your body can use it for energy while it’s still flowing in the bloodstream before it reaches the liver and gets stored as liver glycogen. Now I’m not saying you should always eat fruit before you work out because it would be more beneficial to load up on muscle glycogen in order to help us push the heavy weights. However, on the days that you are craving fruit then it would probably be smart to have them right before you work out. Now if it’s a rest day and you’re craving fruit, then try to have it early in the morning. Because the liver glycogen tends to get depleted over night. The reason being that while we’re asleep we don’t move much but we’re still breathing and dreaming which means our brain is constantly using energy during the night which it pulls from the liver glycogen. So it’s okay to replenish some of the liver glycogen with a little bit of fruit in the morning. To summarize, in order to minimize weight gain, the best time to eat your fruit is right before you work out or first thing in the morning. That is all for today. I hope you learned something and until next time, be like pineapple my friends: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside. Buh-bye!