Is it OK to eat fructose that is naturally in our foods?

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It’s true that you should steer clear of high-fructose corn syrup (55% fructose) and the large amount of fructose present in regular sugar (50% fructose). But fructose, also known as fruit sugar, is found in most fruits, berries and root vegetables. Should you cut apples and blueberries from your diet too? No! Fruits and vegetables are of course an important part of a healthy diet.

It is an interesting question, though: Why is fructose here OK and not somewhere else? When you eat fructose from natural sources, you are also eating lots of other healthy nutrients, like fiber. Fruits and vegetables are naturally rich in fiber, which itself is a natural hunger inhibitor. (Think about how much easier eating 3 cookies is compared to 3 apples.) The fiber also helps slow down the absorption of fructose. Since the fiber in fruit and vegetables helps keep you from overeating,  have as much as you like! Unlike foods with added fructose from table sugar or HFCS, you’ll stop feeling hungry when you’ve had enough.

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