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3 Diet Tweaks An MD Swears By To Enhance Your Metabolism

The first step, says Perlmutter, is to dramatically limit fructose consumption. “Fructose is ultimately metabolized to form uric acid,” he explains. That being said: “We’ve got to hang it up on the sugar.”

Meaning, limit your intake of refined, artificial sweeteners and anything with “high-fructose” on the label. “Table sugar is 50% fructose,” says Perlmutter, and high-fructose corn syrup contains at least 55% fructose. And that doesn’t take into account the number of “pseudonyms” sugar goes by on food labels. “You read them and say, ‘Well, I don’t know what that is, but it’s obviously not going to hurt me.’ No, that’s sugar, and it’s time that we call it out,” says Perlmutter.

You’re probably wondering: What about fruit? Doesn’t fruit contain a natural amount of fructose? Perlmutter certainly doesn’t want you to demonize fruit, but he makes a case for a few special staples. “A moderate amount of fruit is not going to be threatening,” he explains. In fact, some fruits contain important bioflavonoids that can actually help reduce uric acid (which we’ll get into later). “Mangoes, unfortunately, have a lot of fructose,” says Perlmutter, which is why he eats them in moderation (although, he has two mango trees in his yard, so he doesn’t cut them out completely!).

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