Are you pregnant? Looking to raise the healthiest baby possible? Here is something you may wish to consider.
Pregnant women who have a diet that is high in fructose may be laying the foundation for high blood pressure and obesity relating to their babies, later on in life. This is the conclusion drawn from researchers at the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston.
High-fructose foods include banana, blackberry, cherry, fig, kiwi, mandarin, mango, star fruit, rockmelon, grapefruit, pineapple and raspberries. Very high fructose foods include blueberries, lychee, tomato concentrate, dried fruits, tinned berries in syrup, grape, persimmon, pickled onion, pomegranate, tinned dark plum, apple, and pear.
Some evidence suggests fructose may disrupt liver function as well as the elevation of triglycerides in men, increasing the risk of heart disease.
Bottom line: Keep the fruit to a minimum and avoid high fructose corn syrup (and its “new” names) altogether.