Yes folks, you read it right, thanks to online periodical Natural Products Online for this interesting piece - they've reported back on a newspaper report that cites this interesting research...
Is high fructose diet leading to ‘berry belly’? - June 30, 2008
The Daily Telegraph reported last week on research that could lead to warnings over the dangers of a high fruit diet.
Scientists have discovered that fructose, the sugar found in fruit and vegetables, causes weight to build up around the stomach rather than being spread around the body.
It is already known that people with an apple-shaped body type, carrying most of that weight around the middle, are at greater risk of diabetes and heart disease. The researchers who conducted the latest study are speculating that the official advice to consume higher levels of fruit — often obtained through fructose-concentrated juices and smoothies — could be contributing to a new phenomenon — ‘berry belly’.
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Now, while traditionally I may have judged this as phooey, I actually find myself agreeing that this may well be true. I have noticed for myself that my "jelly belly", sorry, "berry belly" times have been high-fruit times - quite simply eating more sugar than I was burning off. And more recently, since I've reached a whole new level of tuning in to my body - wait for it! - I have been "hearing" that there are some fruits my body is happy with and others it is wanting to refuse (or reacting to if I ignore it), interestingly the latter being the high sugar and/or tropical fruits. This is interesting stuff indeed, and I'd like to start a mini conversation around it...
Any comments? Case studies? Personal experiences?
Note that this article is not about fruitarianism and exclusive fruit eating, but eating a lot of fruit within the context of a mixed diet, raw or otherwise.
And while the name "berry belly" is very cute, I'm inclined to think it's more appropriate to name it "mango belly" : )