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Too much fructose? : Is 188g carbs, 91g sugar/day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I'm just now getting up to speed on fructose, and am concerned I'm having too much.

Yesterday, I blended the fruit below into smoothies (2 servings) which I had for breakfast & late afternoon snack, trying to ensure I was getting enough potassium.

Seeing my food breakdown in mynetdiary.com:

http://s17.postimage.org/4lfe96s1r/too_much_fruit.png

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in black & white, I was shocked at how much carbs & sugar (presumably fructose) I consumed.

Though I got 83% potassium, I suspect that I had way too much fruit.

Today, as an experiment, I'm going to see how I feel with less fructose, and go for sweet potato (which I think has no fructose, but does contain potassium).

Any thoughts?

Thanks, Mike

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on May 26, 2012
at 10:37 AM

@Tyler I agree context is important, but I think it's too easy to call fructose the bad boy unless it comes straight from nature, as that assumes, again, that natural = optimal.

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on May 26, 2012
at 10:35 AM

That's funny cause I didn't generalize anything, but you did. I mean, you literally say *"In general (...)"*. My point was that high fructose intake does not necessarily mean gout, or I would have gout right now. All those raw vegans at the woodstock fruit festival don't seem to have gout either. Same goes for Danny Roddy, Cliff and Ray Peat.

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on May 02, 2012
at 02:48 PM

You're the one taking things out of context by using your personal example as some sort of general rule. In general people who consume a lot of fruits in a low carb high fat diet tend to have high uric acid.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:11 PM

I had sweet potato tody.yummy!

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on May 01, 2012
at 10:11 PM

@Bruno: It's not poison in whole foods. Important to make the distinction.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I'm talking 700g sugar (= 350g fructose) and 3-400g meat, by the way.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Then explain me (as I used to have gout), why I can eat tons of fructose (including pure sugar) and animal products (especially liver and oysters) with no problems? Don't take things out of context...

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:10 PM

I don't have a problem with you eating that much fruit, assuming you are fairly active. It would be too much for me. You could easily up the potassium with way fewer calories by using potassium rich veggies. Sweet potato always sounds good to me.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:41 AM

There is no such thing as too much fruit, but there is such a thing as not enough calcium, magnesium, potassium, ... Are you trying to lose weight? Otherwise, up the calories, and don't stress out over the fructose, it's not a poison at all.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:03 PM

For what it's worth, I have come around to the idea that fructose is a poison, especially if a large quantity hits your liver all at once. Processed food and sugar (fructose) is really bad, but fruit is good for you if eaten in moderation throughout the day. Things like high levels of activity will mitigate the ill effects, if there are any. I agree with Matt, though: It is much easier to overdo it on fruit if you are blending it in a smoothie. It's probably better if you go through the motions of eating and chewing, which slows down your consumption and allows for your hormones to tell you when you've had enough.

One idea though, if you like your smoothies too much to give them up, is to replace some of the mango and banana with more berries, which I've heard have a lower level of fructose.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:38 AM

In my book, sugar from whole foods are fine, assuming it fits your needs and works for you. The only possible issue is that you made it so much easier to overeat the fruit by pulverizing it into oblivion.

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48b3a3fac68ce4e0b80d8d29a584cc93

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I wouldn't make it a daily habit. Tons of meat + tons of fructose = high uric acid.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Then explain me (as I used to have gout), why I can eat tons of fructose (including pure sugar) and animal products (especially liver and oysters) with no problems? Don't take things out of context...

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I'm talking 700g sugar (= 350g fructose) and 3-400g meat, by the way.

48b3a3fac68ce4e0b80d8d29a584cc93

(242)

on May 02, 2012
at 02:48 PM

You're the one taking things out of context by using your personal example as some sort of general rule. In general people who consume a lot of fruits in a low carb high fat diet tend to have high uric acid.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on May 26, 2012
at 10:35 AM

That's funny cause I didn't generalize anything, but you did. I mean, you literally say *"In general (...)"*. My point was that high fructose intake does not necessarily mean gout, or I would have gout right now. All those raw vegans at the woodstock fruit festival don't seem to have gout either. Same goes for Danny Roddy, Cliff and Ray Peat.

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:58 PM

You could eat more avocado, since they are also high in potassium, for a change. Break out the guacamole!

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