In the early 1980s, high-fructose corn syrup replaced sugar in sodas and other products in part because refined sugar had gained the reputation as a generally harmful ingredient in foods. High-fructose corn syrup, at the time, was portrayed by the food industry as a “Healthy Alternative” to the noxious sugar and that’s how the public perceived it!
H.F.C.S. was cheaper to manufacture than sugar, which then aided in its commercial success by making product more profitable for companies. Today the tide is turning, and refined sugar is making a commercial comeback as the supposedly “healthful alternative” to the H.F.C. S. that has today been deamonized. Let’s get FIERCE and learn not only what we’re putting into our bodies. but the effects that it has on us.
The two sweeteners are essentially identical in their effects on the body. Yup, you read that correctly! In a lecture entitled, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” by Dr. Robert Lustig says, “High-fructose corn syrup, sugar — no difference,” (WATCH IT!) “The point is they’re each bad — equally bad, equally poisonous.” YIKES!
The fructose component of sugar and H.F.C.S. in the body is metabolized primarily by the liver. While the glucose from sugar and starches is metabolized by every cell in the body. Consuming sugar (which is fructose and glucose) means the liver is stressed. If you choose to take that sugar in liquid form as in soda or fruit juices, the fructose and glucose will hit the liver more rapidly than if you consume them from a food product, as in an apple. The speed with which the liver has to do its work will also affect how it metabolizes the fructose and glucose. (like when you’re at your desk and your boss throws a sh!t ton of work at you all at once, you’re overwhelmed and in this case so is your liver!)
In lab rats, it has been shown that if the fructose hits the liver with such speed and quantity that the liver converts much of the fructose to fat. This induces a condition (in rats) known as insulin resistance. which is now considered THE fundamental problem in obesity, and the underlying defect in heart disease and in Type 2, the kind that is common to obese and overweight individuals. Insulin resistance may also be the underlying defect in many cancers.
If what happens in laboratory rodents also happens in humans, and if we are eating enough sugar to make it happen, then we are in BIG trouble!
Don’t Be Fooled! It’s NO Different
Last week I did a post on eating locally. I know that people want to get back to eating healthfully with more whole and organic foods and I think it’s AWESOME! It would “make sense” that by eating sugar it would be a more “whole” way to eat rather than the demonized H.F.C.S. we’ve heard is so bad for us. This is not the case, though. The moral of this story is that by eating “natural” sugar instead of H.F.C.S. you’re not benefiting your body any. Don’t get me wrong this is NOT a plug for high fructose corn syrup, by any means. What I am saying is try to limit the amount of sugar you put into your body.
I GET IT! It’s freakin’ hard. I hear ya loud and clear, Sister! Remember my ABOUT ME page? I was over 180 lbs. I use to eat candy bars, Swedish Fish, Fruitloops…you name the sugary product and I probably ate it! I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer here, but I do want you to make informed decisions. Don’t believe everything you read on the outside of a box. Take the time to learn what you’re eating and how it effects you. REMEMBER, it’s not just a saying, you actually are what you eat!
I can see you GETTING FIERCE!