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The three main types of sugar in question are:
Glucose: made when your body breaks down starches
Fructose: the sugar found naturally in fruits and widely used in the form of high-fructose corn syrup
Sucrose: table sugar
...This news may compel you to begin searching for glucose-sweetened versions of your favorite desserts and sodas, but most sugary products are made with either sucrose or fructose, often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
Sucrose is made of 50% fructose and 50% glucose, whereas high-fructose corn syrup can be either 55% fructose, 45% glucose, or 42% fructose, 58% glucose.
What this means is that you’ll be hard pressed to find products sweetened with glucose, and may risk the side effects discovered in this study no matter which type you choose. ...
I also found this website debunking the bad rap HFCS has been getting. Note: There is no date and it is backed by corn.org and Corn Refiners Association (could be a little biased). But I thought I'd give them a chance to say their piece:
High Fructose Corn Syrup FAQs by SweetSurprise.com, no date that I could find.
It's kind of a moot point because my goal is to drastically reduce any kind of sugar consumption. I'm not sure how to tame that sweet tooth. I haven't officially attempted that, yet, on this journey, but I know I'm coming to that bridge. The advice I hear is to have a plan. I better get a plan quickly to control my fructose, sucrose, and glucose before I become comatose.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
These are pictures my husband took at our local grocery store. There is a mountain display of soda, snacks and other junk for Super Bowl weekend coming up.
Fructose undermines these normal satiety signals, increasing caloric consumption both directly and indirectly:
Fructose does not stimulate a leptin rise, so your satiety signals are diminished.
Glucose suppresses ghrelin (the hunger hormone—it makes you want more food), but fructose does not.
By raising triglycerides, fructose reduces the amount of leptin crossing your blood-brain barrier.
Fructose increases insulin levels, interfering with the communication between leptin and your hypothalamus, so your pleasure signals aren’t extinguished. Your brain senses starvation and prompts you to eat more.
Fructose decreases the production of malonyl-CoA, which may help promote a sense of energy adequacy.
Along with causing insulin resistance, fructose alters the hedonic response to food thereby driving excessive caloric intake, setting up a positive feedback loop for overconsumption.
So, have you managed to eliminate all of the artificial stuff from your meals? That is going to be my focus over the next week. I'm going to plan my meals and prepare so I'm not tempted to eat out and grab that soda. I want to live a healthy, full-of-energy life. After all, I'm here for a limited time only.
Do you ever get this feeling you want to move forward but are pulled by opposing forces? I have been very dismayed lately about how high fructose corn syrup is in EVERYTHING.