Fruit has been called everything from God’s dessert to Sugar antichrist, so what’s the real deal? The benefits of fruit (aside from tasting really good) include providing a good source of fiber and multiple nutrients. The reason why it is avoided by many dieters is due to the high fructose (sugar) content.
Fructose has to first be converted in the liver into a form of carbohydrate called glycogen before the muscles can use it. That’s where the potential problems can happen, according to an article in Muscle & Fitness. (Read the full article here.)
“The problem with fructose arises when the liver glycogen levels are full. At this point, fructose gets converted to fat and that helps to increase the size of the fat cells.” No one really knows what their liver levels are, which is why some bodybuilders and dieters avoid fruit all together. But you really don’t have to do that. Here’s the bodybuilding secret: It’s the timing of fruit consumption that matters.
Eating fruit immediately upon waking is a good thing because it will help you keep your muscle tone.
Muscle & Fitness explains, “While you sleep, your liver burns up its glycogen to supply needed glucose to the brain during your nightly fast. When liver glycogen levels begin to dip a signal is sent to the brain to start breaking down muscle protein to convert amino acids into glucose for the brain. When you wake in the morning you are a muscle-burning machine. At this time of day you will not have to worry about fructose being converted to fat, so eat up. The fructose will be put to good use for restocking the liver glycogen levels and switching off the signal to burn muscle protein.”
So don’t be afraid of fruit! Enjoy it first thing and then eat your well-balanced breakfast a little later.
What’s your favorite breakfast fruit? Mine is grapefruit. Yum!
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