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What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« on: November 15, 2011, 02:40:00 am »
I just googled and found this article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18996880

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BACKGROUND: The glycemic response to dietary fructose is low, which may improve concentrations of glycated hemoglobin (HbA(1c), a marker of dysglycemia). Meanwhile, adverse effects on plasma triacylglycerol (a marker of dyslipidemia) and body weight have been questioned. Such effects are reported inconsistently.

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the effect of fructose on these health markers, particularly examining treatment dose and duration, and level of glycemic control.

DESIGN: A literature search was conducted for relevant randomized and controlled intervention studies of crystalline or pure fructose (excluding high-fructose corn syrup), data extraction, meta-analyses, and modeling using meta-regression. (...)

CONCLUSIONS: The meta-analysis shows that fructose intakes from 0 to >or=90 g/d have a beneficial effect on HbA(1c). Significant effects on postprandial triacylglycerols are not evident unless >50 g fructose/d is consumed, and no significant effects are seen for fasting triacylglycerol or body weight with intakes of <or=100 g fructose/d in adults.
So it seems that up to 50 g fructose (which corresponds to about 700 g bananas: http://www.rawpaleodietforum.com/off-topic/what-are-you-eating-right-now/msg79692/#msg79692 http://www.rawpaleodietforum.com/off-topic/what-are-you-eating-right-now/msg79752/#msg79752) is perfectly safe and does not accelerate aging. Right?

I also found this:
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...some researchers consider small levels of fructose, say 25-50 grams/day, actually a good thing.  In spite of all of its very dangerous properties, fructose can decrease HbA(1c) [prediabetic] levels, improve hypoglycemia effects [5] and potentially assist athletic performance and fueling. [4] (...) What I have found is that most experts consider about 50 grams/day of fructose to be completely safe.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 04:06:20 am »
Different people have different limits after which it's not good for them.

I believe it depends on conditioning, how healthy they are and of course the source.

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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 11:34:45 pm »
Phooey. Go by instinct, and trust your experience. We all may have different needs, anyway. My body's loving massive amount of fruit right now. I get very high-quality tropical fruit... for some reason I only love tropical fruit. I can eat a pear, but it's not the same; it's a funny thing. Melons in the summer are an exception, but otherwise I only eat tropical. Well, maybe dates don't count as tropical, I don't know. They're desert fruit. But not standard western fruits like apples and citrus...
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 01:43:10 pm »
I'm curious, too.  I know that studies have shown that fructose is detrimental to health, but they were probably done using refined fructose or HFCS, right?  Raw fruit would have a different effect I would think...
hopefully! ;-)  Cuz its yummy!

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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2012, 10:05:40 pm »
They have absolutely no relationship. I ate thirty pounds of persimmons over the past two to three weeks, and I feel better than ever.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2012, 12:05:23 am »
I haven't eaten a teaspoon of refined fructose for the last 30 years, only raw fruit.  Fruits injury isn't overnight. It's over time, as in insulin resistance, and spikes in blood sugar, and associated  effects.   But then it is in relation to moderation, which for the most part I didn't have, for so many years I wanted fruit to be king.  Just check out anyone who has tried to live mostly on it,,,and eventually Durianrider.  When I first tried Wai diet and 80/20 I thought I had found it.  But over time, well, that's when you notice.  But a small amount included in diet is fine for me.  But pay attention to how you feel hours after eating fruit in terms of blood sugar levels, like, an hour or two after eating fruit, has your blood sugar level dropped (or the feeling) and do you Have to eat something right away.  That can be  clue for you.  I find I do best if I eat fruit after exercising.  I think to simply wake up in the morning and eat fruit without any real activity is a real slap in the face for my blood sugar levels.  Anyone living in past times eating lots of fruit, including primates, would have had to exercise heavily just to get the fruit.  I believe that's what protected Doug Graham for so long, and is currently saving Durianrider.

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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012, 03:19:19 pm »
In my recent personal experience there are honeys that will poison me and honeys that do not.  A few days ago I had a client so I had the social brewed coffee and some raw wild honey in the hot coffee.  Then blam it hit me like a truck.  I had hypoglycemic symptoms.  Damn.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2012, 05:24:20 pm »
In my recent personal experience there are honeys that will poison me and honeys that do not.  A few days ago I had a client so I had the social brewed coffee and some raw wild honey in the hot coffee.  Then blam it hit me like a truck.  I had hypoglycemic symptoms.  Damn.

  It could be due to the different types of plants the bees feed on.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2012, 06:33:19 pm »
I'm experimenting right now if it was the COFFEE or the HONEY.

My preliminary result shows it's the COFFEE.

Will experiment more.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2012, 06:43:27 pm »
Surely honey in hot coffee = heated honey?
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2012, 07:32:28 pm »
Coffee is extreme poison, so you'll have no way of knowing if the honey was bad, really. Incidentally, I've thought that it was weird that lots of you eat straight raw honey, especially with the mixed feelings towards fruit on this board. But I decided to give it a shot last time I went food shopping... bought a local raw honey, and four or five spoonfuls really hit the spot, actually. I haven't wanted it since, though. Seems like a power once-in-a-while food to me.

No doubt that the extreme near-fruitarian crowd is only managing to function because of their exercise obsession. Obviously, they do *nothing else in life* besides obsess over fruit and exercise.
I think it's pretty simple re how much fruit- it should taste insanely delicious every time you eat it. If it tastes anything short of insanely delicious it's not time for fruit. Sometimes I go overboard and then need a day off from fruit. Today may be such a day....
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2012, 03:10:42 am »


No doubt that the extreme near-fruitarian crowd is only managing to function because of their exercise obsession. Obviously, they do *nothing else in life* besides obsess over fruit and exercise.


Don't forget trolling online, and lying about how good their health is.  DR must have worked off quite a few calories over the years, trolling here and rawfoods.com, etc..

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2012, 07:36:36 pm »
Oh, a very good point- that internet trolling is like a fucking full-time job. Who knows how they even have time for their sugar bingeing and running around in circles all day. No, seriously, what is usually the reality with these types of people is that they believe their own lies; the lie takes on this epic character, and there's just no turning back at a certain point. But you also know you're lying at some deeper level, so for smug self-comfort you try to bring more people into your lie- this is called socio-pathology. They are *sick* fucking people, and I mean that in every sense of the term.

I think spiritual growth is all about wide open exploration, admitting you were wrong and changing and acknowledging how little you know the more you know... but the irony is the people who know the least are often the loudest, dragging all sorts of innocents into their ignorant fold with their hyper-activism.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2012, 04:00:32 am »
for what its worth..
too much of anything can be disruptive to bodily homeostasis, and too much for one person may not be enough for another, so the question is what is too much?
fortunately the body 'talks'.
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2012, 07:09:44 am »
I think spiritual growth is all about wide open exploration, admitting you were wrong and changing and acknowledging how little you know the more you know... but the irony is the people who know the least are often the loudest, dragging all sorts of innocents into their ignorant fold with their hyper-activism.

Yup. I've noticed there also seems even amongst good-hearted and grounded people the need to 'save' others on the internet. Although I guess 9/10 thats some kind of way to self-confirm one's own beliefs as well.

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I was on DG's vegsource fruit board 6 years ago. He always came across like George's dad on the "Serenity Now" episode of Seinfeld. Like you could see over the internet his temple was throbbing while attempting to hold back mega-ego smugness and unbalanced explosion. Its odd now that the guy seems like a saint compared to the clowns that have come after. I remember he even said it was ok to eat some sushi.

I guess when you come from near perfect health it may take a few decades to trash your health completely eating tons of fruit.  I don't personally think it matters what else is in the diet. People actually do seem to do better on diets with other sugars/starches even when they arn't trying to be healthy. People put effort into removing toxins and eating what they think is healthy and just age way faster and develop issues with hormones an a variety of other problems that can be avoided with a shift in perspective. Perhaps if someone is really balancing their profile like on R.Peat diet (and not therefore eating more than half their calories from fruit) that may buffer things somewhat or even be beneficial to eat more fruit, but I'm not particularly convinced. If one does actual research into how the body works, I don't think raw muscle meats and fats or veg 'cut it' for balance, and limiting fructose may indeed be more of an issue on these type of diets.

IMO, most people that eat tons of fruit have the same pathology to fruit eating vegans/veg in regards to emotional sensitivities and other even physical traits. Other-non-fruit heavy eating veg/vegans sometimes do not have these qualities despite eating less natural/more toxic crap.

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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2012, 09:25:09 am »
For most people I don't personally think the issue with fruit is fructose, but I do have a strong guess that fresh fruits can in fact be worse than pure fructose,sucrose,starch and other sugars that are not as fementable/fibrous or raw. Its how the things are digested (or not) and issues of bacteria/yeasts/molds and NOT the numeric amount of sugar/fructose etc..in fruit. This of course is always going to come up in a textbook as less toxic/less damaging/lower GI , more natural etc..than that of other sugars and starches, but what is happening in reality?

These issues likely wern't a problem in nature and healthy people with truly healthy/fresh/ripe fruits.  On the other hand, some of the other factors with sugars (BG spike etc..) still would be there, and there are likely a variety of reasons why traditional people in the tropics don't eat more fruits as the bulk of their diet even when abundant.  Or we evolved in areas where such was seasonal and it was an advantage to have these temporary effects on insulin etc...
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2012, 09:36:05 am »
I'd agree with KD that a percentage of people just can't digest that much fruit.
I remember the case of a patient I cured of deathly pneumonia for 10 days living with him.
He was not a fruit person.
I first gave him fruits, but he wasn't digesting them.
So I shifted him onto a majority raw meat paleo diet.
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2012, 12:22:45 pm »


IMO, most people that eat tons of fruit have the same pathology to fruit eating vegans/veg in regards to emotional sensitivities...



Yes, the extreme sensitivity is one of the most insidious aspects, because it's easy to start believing that the sensitivity could maybe be helping you, by keeping you extra-aware of possible dangers. There is, of course, never any PROOF that it is helping you, but it's possible to start believing it, instead of requiring direct proof. 

 Then idiots like DG tell you that meat eaters are burying their emotional issues with food, and that fruit forces you to deal with those problems, and then you start to believe that you need the sensitivity to help heal your emotional problems.

It's just a fucking mess.

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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2012, 04:54:04 am »
These issues likely wern't a problem in nature and healthy people with truly healthy/fresh/ripe fruits.

The more beef fat and/or lamb fat I eat the less I'm able to handle fruit. My raw beef zero carb experiments caused fructose malabsorption. Whereas raw coconut milk and raw olive oil improve my fructose digestion.

So, the question for me is: Is it natural to be unable to eat fruit? Sounds illogical, even if I would never recommend a high fruit diet.

I think that many other people get fructose malabsorption problems like me, via animal fats, whereas cooked animal fats are worse.

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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2012, 04:56:45 am »
I should add the notion that raw WILD animal foods of ANY kind never caused digestive problems with fruits. I have never seen really fatty meat from a wild animal so far. The only exception is wild boar, but that fat is very different. And wild boars usually feast on corn fields.

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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2012, 11:22:26 am »
I think I have some useful information to add to this discussion.

I have been very sick for a very long time due to many weird food intolerances. My full history is much to long to go into at this time. However, I almost died about 7 years ago. By accident I discovered I could eat goat milk yogurt and raspberries. I ate only these two foods 5 times a day for 2 entire years. Then my body got tired of this and didn't want it anymore. I experienced enough improvement in my digestive capacity that I was able to switch over to raw beef, olive oil, and leafy greens. I ate this 3 times a day for the next 2 years.

However, I did not like eating animals, and I found Doug Graham's book on 80/10/10 RV and decided to give it a try. I knew from past experience that most all fruit did not make me feel particularly well (the raspberries were an exception), but I thought maybe it was because I always ate a pretty high fat diet, and maybe this was interfering with my body's ability to process the sugar in fruit (as Graham claims). I proceeded to eat the 80/10/10 way for the next 1.5 years, before coming to the conclusion that it was making me really sick and that low fat did not change my body's response to the sugar in fruit.

I became friends with a few other struggling 80/10/10-ers as we tried to figure out why the heck we felt so darn awful on that diet. Recently, one of these people found a book called The Sugar Fix by Dr. Richard Johnson (available through Amazon). This book is full of science and very eye-opening. I highly recommend it. The author explains that fructose metabolism created uric acid as a breakdown by-product. How much uric is created depends on how many fructokinase enzymes a pperson produces. The more fructokinase enzymes produced, the more uric acid that is created. Uric acid is directly linked to all of the Syndrome X illnesses (high blood pressure, high HDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, insulin resistence, and obesity).

There seems to be a subset of the population (30%?) that is much more fructose sensitive than others and it is most like due to the fact that they produce higher amounts of fructokinase enzymes than others. Glucose does NOT cause these problems. However, if you are fructose sensitive and develop insulin resistance, then your body will have difficulty removing all sugars from your blood stream and you will want to avoid glucose as well, until you things back in normal working order.

Okay, so honey is extremely high in fructose with very little glucose, therefore not recommended as a regular thing. Most fruit is 50/50 fructose/glucose; however, some fruits have much more fructose than glucose and this is not a good thing for people who are sensitive to fructose.

I could never figure out why certain fruit, like watermelon and pears, always made me feel super duper extra bad, and now I know: they have much higher levels of fructose than glucose. I have also recently discovered two disorders that prevent proper fructose metabolism.

The first is: Fructose Malabsorption http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose_malabsorption

The second is: Hereditary Fructose Intolerance  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hereditary_fructose_intolerance

FM is believed to affect as much as 30% of the population to one degree or another; HFI, however is much more rare and is believed to occur in 1 of 20,000 people. After reading everything I can about all of these different "fructose" problems, I have come to the conclusion that my symptoms have a very close fit to HFI.

I share many similarities with others (whom I have met through another on-line forum dedicated to people with HFI) who have this illness, which are too numerous to explain here. I have not yet been tested (saving my money), but I have taken the step to remove as much fructose from my diet as I possibly can (it is not as easy as one might think especially if one wants to be a vegan!, since almost all vegies have some small amount of frucose as well as fruits), and I feel much better all ready.

In retrospect, I now realize that my two successful periods with yogurt/raspberries and meat/oil/green were most likely due to the extremely low fructose content of those foods. My point in offering you all of this information is to show that, yes, different people do react very differently to fruit and other sources of fructose in the diet than others, and we need to respect our individual differences.  If anyone has any questions about this please feel free to ask here or email me privately.

Esmée  :)
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2012, 06:58:46 am »
Here is a GOOGLE document I put together listing everything I know to date about the potential problems with fructose metabolism:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yxI9yxYEpDolB1X9JVxOObb_FCRfmj-u1SCiZ7O01j4/edit?hl=en_US#

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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2012, 07:50:43 am »
So which raw paleo diet food sources have lots of the desired GLUCOSE (instead of fructose)?
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Re: What level of fructose/sugar/fruit consumption is safe?
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2012, 07:55:24 am »
all fruits are basically 50/50 fructose/glucose. the only source of glucose is from starches: potatoes, other tubers, and grains mostly (which all require cooking), so there really isn't any raw source that I am aware of. sugar of any kind is really not part of a raw paleo diet.

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« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2012, 12:08:52 pm »
. sugar of any kind is really not part of a raw paleo diet.

different people do react very differently to fruit and other sources of fructose in the diet than others, and we need to respect our individual differences.

You do realize these two statements are somewhat contradictory, right?

Some people do just fine with large amounts of fruit.  Some people do better with none at all.  Some people's tolerance for fruit changes over time.

Our ancestors probably did eat fruit in Africa from time to time.  It's Africa, it's tropical, it has fruit. 

However, the low-Brix fruit that is mostly what's sold these days is not worth eating.  The quality of the fruit makes as much of a difference as your individual tolerance of fruit, I think. They're both important, though. 


 

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