A hundred studies were analyzed, and the bottom line is that you should be slightly overweight than not. Mind you, morbid obesity is still very bad. But, apparently, these extra pounds serve as a reservoir in case you get seriously sick. Actually, I've been saying and practicing this, too. My Body-Mass Index is just in the okay range when I'm hungry, but slips into the overweight category after a particularly huge meal. Now, I can feel reassured about this condition.
If I avoid any strenuous exercise for a week, I gain several pounds. I now only have a third of an apple for breakfast, plus two meals daily, with perhaps one on the order of Rainbow Drive Inn lethality. One of my favorites is perfect for carbo loading if you're running the marathon, their spaghetti with rice, macaroni salad and a hot dog. Unfortunately, I don't do the marathon.
While I'm at this, on the same page of the previous report was a note that there is something good about glucose and bad about fructose. What happens is that a soft drink with more fructose than glucose (sucrose, or sugar, is half of each) does not provide a signal to your brain that you are satisfied or full. Thus, you tend to eat more. Glucose does warn your body.
Worse, fructose becomes visceral fat, which induces diseases. And fructose seems to increase Low Density Lipoprotein, which is bad cholesterol. A report indicates fructose wrinkles your skin. Finally, fructose, seems to bypass the gastrointestinal path and go straight to your liver, which overworks this key organ and makes it fatty.
So what should you drink? Water. Or wine. Coke and Pepsi use corn sweeteners, Not good. Sierra Mist is good, Sprite is bad. All the common ginger ales use fructose, while Whole Foods and Trader Joe's sell this drink with sugar from cane, which, is okay, relatively.
Grains contain some glucose, but no fructose. Dairy products have glucose, but chocolate milk and flavored yogurts add fructose. Honey has a higher fructose ratio than sugar cane.
I might add that artificial sweeteners are considered to be worse than frutose.
THUS, WHILE FRUCTOSE IS A NATURAL SUGAR, IT IS MORE AND MORE BEING PROVEN TO BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH!!!