I mean this question very respectfully, I really do, but current disapproval of fructose is a very personal issue for me. I'm reading "limit fruit to lose" or "eating fruit is bad" etc. I agree that fruit should not be a major portion of our diet although I disagree with taking vitamin C and never eating fruit. For me, that equates to eating only protein powder and eliminating meat--what good nutrients are we leaving out?
Here's the real question, then--in my 50+ years of compulsive/addictive eating there was one consistent pattern.
During the intervals of NO control--which ranged from 6 months to 5 years or more--I ate processed junk foods almost to the exclusion of other things so I ate fruit rarely or not at all AND junk foods did not yet contain HFCS. Most of my heavy eating involved lots of breads and pastas and greasy potato/corn chips and buttered popcorn. Also a ton of burgers and fries and pizzas.
About the only sweet thing I consumed was soda, but not that much of it and it contained sugar with much less total fructose than today. I gained weight steadily for as long as the binges continued.
During the intervals of control--willpower, really, until I found primal--I ate fruit on a daily basis, frequently a LOT of fruit as it was my only indulgence. Guess what? I lost weight at a rate of 2 pounds per week at first, 1 pound every week or 2 for the final 10 pounds to an ideal weight.
I want to understand this because it seems so contrary to what I'll call "paleo conventional wisdom."
Help me out here!
UPDATE: Today's Taubes post didn't reach a directly relevant conclusion but it looks like the series might. In the meantime, thanks for your comments so far and I'll read your continuing thoughts with great interest. Nance