Fruits are an excellent source of energy because they give the body the necessary amounts of nutrients, plus they keep it well hydrated. They also improve blood circulation and digestion, make skin more radiant and hair shinier.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a suitable detoxification and perfect natural method for weight loss. This type of diet assures a healthy way to lose weight. At least this is the advice of millions of nutritionists around the world that recommend the presence of several fruits in the daily menu of each person.
But the team of Prof. Kathleen Page from the Keck School of Medicine of USC warns that we need to be very careful with the fructose contained in fruits. The University team recommends lowering our intake of fructose and seriously limiting sweeteners.
The study on the effects of fruits on the human body has reached the conclusion that the fructose found in fruits, that we also find in honey, sweeteners and sodas release signals of hunger and appetite for delicious food.
The results are undeniable - honey, salad dressings, sodas and much of the fruits around the world contain high amounts of fructose.
According to Prof. Kathleen Page, this substance cannot stimulate the hormones, such as insulin, that help us feel full.
Fructose, in comparison to glucose, stimulates the reward centers of the brain to a higher degree, causing a stronger feeling of hunger and the desire for additional food.
But this of course does not mean that people who would like to shed some excess pounds need to exclude fruits from their menu.
Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and kiwis do not contain high amounts of sugar so they can be eaten without having to worry. They are low in carbohydrates, help intestinal function and good digestion, remove bad cholesterol, eliminate toxins and undigested leftovers from the body. All of these are prerequisites for healthy weight loss.
Unlike them, strawberries, cherries, grapes and bananas are well loaded with high quantities of fructose. Even though no one is denying their beneficial qualities, even if you don't eat any other food besides these fruits, you'll hardly see noticeable results in the battle with excess weight.