I've noticed many articles claiming that fructose is worse for person's health than glucose, leading to various health problems in the long run.
For example, this article suggests that:
While much of the research into this question is obscure, a growing body of research suggests that greater than 50 grams of fructose a day is detrimental and may start to cause Metabolic Syndrome and all the consequent problems.
However, some suggest that 25 grams should be the limit, and for people with known Metabolic Syndrome or it’s risk factors, 15 grams of fructose a day.
There is also a table below which shows the amount of fructose in common fruits:
- Lemons, 1 medium, 0.6 grams of fructose
- Strawberries, 1 cup, 3.8 grams of fructose
- Banana, 1 medium, 7.1 grams of fructose
- Apple, 1 medium, 9.5 grams of fructose
- Figs, dried, 1 cup, 23.0 grams of fructose
Ok, don't eat dried fruits, I get it, but I was surprised by how high in the list an ordinary apple is. I always had an impression apples are among the healthiest fruits, with lots of fiber and (what I believed) not so much sugar!
Now it turns out that eating, say, 2 apples and 1 banana adds up to ~26 grams of fructose, and actually breaks the (slightly more conservative) "healthy" threshold of 25 grams a day?