Fructose

While cruciferous vegetables and “greens” help to detox the body, fructose raises cholesterol levels. Fructose is a natural sugar when found in fruit and vegetables. In our world of processed food, it is found in nearly everything, specifically agave nectar, honey, fruit juice, candy, soda, yogurts, cereals, high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, and processed or packaged foods.

  • The problem with fructose is how it is metabolized. Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver. This means that it goes directly to the liver and becomes converted into fatty acids. This is not such a big problem when fruit and vegetables are eaten because the fiber in those helps to balance out and slow down the effect on the liver. However, when fructose is consumed without the protective fiber it can wreak havoc on the liver and increase inflammation in the body.
  • It has been shown in studies to increase LDL’s, triglycerides, total cholesterol, blood pressure and promote fat storage around the organs. It also prevents you from feeling full after eating it. This is bad news for heart patients, diabetics, and those trying to lose weight. Fruit juice and soda are some of the worst offenders. So read labels and avoid anything that says “fructose” or “high fructose corn syrup.” Eating 1-2 fruits a day is usually okay.
  • Organic berries, pomegranates and even pomegranate juice have been shown in studies to help improve heart health significantly. Some fruits have a higher fructose to fiber ratio than others that can impact how the liver processes them and increases the burden on the liver. For those that already have a congested liver, hormone imbalances, are trying to lose weight, or are obese. Any fructose, including organic berries, can add to detoxifying problems and increase inflammation in the body. Those that have a higher fructose to fiber ratio include fruit juice, dried fruits, mango’s, and grapes.