Fruit has gotten a rather bad reputation thanks to bodybuilding and other physique-oriented fitness. But does eating fruit make you fat?
It turns out, in my experience and in all the science I’ve read in my research, it seems actually the opposite is true: fruit helps you LOSE fat.
Fructose, the sugar in fruit, is only converted into liver glycogen. It does not get stored as muscle glycogen. This is where the bad reputation stems from. Bodybuilders love muscle glycogen because it powers skeletal muscle contractions in the body, so they assume this trait of fructose is a bad thing. But it’s not.
Liver glycogen is just as important to our health as muscle glycogen. Liver glycogen is energy used by the brain, central nervous system and other incredibly important organs and functions in the body.
The benefits of fructose may not aid very much in building muscle, but numerous studies on fructose show that it helps immensely in weight loss. Here are just a couple resources, each with links to other resources on the subject:
It also provides our bodies with tons of health-promoting micronutrients at a low-calorie cost. And don’t forget that our primate ancestors primarily eat fruit in the wild. That’s what we evolved from!
So enjoy as much fruit as you like. It’s good for you!
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