Fructose holiday- why I'm taking one

Something surprising happened around day 5 of my detox. I stopped craving sweet stuff. Today is the last day of a 12-day detox and while the biggest challenge was eating nothing sweet (including tropical fruit), it was also the most rewarding aspect.

Most of the time I stay away from refined sugar anyway (you won't find me eating cupcakes or jube jubes). But I often sneak it in, in the form of natural sugars: maple syrup, coconut sugar, date caramel, molasses and brown rice syrup. More harmful because they're sneaky. I'll eat natural sugars with reckless abandon, telling myself it's not really all that bad. Of course, a little sugar is fine if you can keep the daily intake low. And that is my issue, I have a little and a little's a slippery slope!

If you know me at all, you'll know I LOVE to research nutrition. I haven't found anything in a long while that piqued my interest the way this video 'Sugar: The Bitter Truth' has. Incredibly worth it to watch!

In this video, and in other info I've found (see links at the end), the culprit when it comes to sugar, is fructose. The ideal fructose consuption per day should be 15-25 grams per person. It adds up quickly amounting to 2 or 3 small pieces of fruit.

Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose
Limes1 medium0
Lemons1 medium0.6
Cranberries1 cup0.7
Passion fruit1 medium0.9
Prune1 medium1.2
Apricot1 medium1.3
Guava2 medium2.2
Date (Deglet Noor style)1 medium2.6
Cantaloupe1/8 of med. melon2.8
Raspberries1 cup3.0
Clementine1 medium3.4
Kiwifruit1 medium3.4
Blackberries1 cup3.5
Star fruit1 medium3.6
Cherries, sweet103.8
Strawberries1 cup3.8
Cherries, sour1 cup4.0
Pineapple1 slice
(3.5" x .75")

Grapefruit, pink or red1/2 medium4.3
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose
Boysenberries1 cup4.6
Tangerine/mandarin orange1 medium4.8
Nectarine1 medium5.4
Peach1 medium5.9
Orange (navel) 1 medium6.1
Papaya1/2 medium6.3
Honeydew1/8 of med. melon6.7
Banana1 medium7.1
Blueberries1 cup7.4
Date (Medjool) 1 medium7.7
Apple (composite)1 medium9.5
Persimmon1 medium10.6
Watermelon1/16 med. melon11.3
Pear1 medium11.8
Raisins1/4 cup12.3
Grapes, seedless (green or red)1 cup12.4
Mango1/2 medium16.2
Apricots, dried1 cup16.4
Figs, dried1 cup23.0

We no longer consume anywhere close to 'normal' amounts of fructose. All this sugar is causing havoc on our body, especially the liver. And if you watch the video above, you'll see how this is affecting our waistlines.

fructose overload infographic
Thanks Dr. Mercola for the infographic!

Great articles:

This has inspired me continue to good feelings from the detox, and take a Sugar Holiday, free from fructose. I'm not sure how long I'll be 'vacationing' but I'll let you know how it goes.

What about you? Do you struggle with sugar? What's worked for you?

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