Your sweet tooth could be deadly. New research from the University of Utah indicates that high-fructose corn syrup is more toxic than table sugar. From a chemical standpoint, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is similar to table sugar, but it does contain higher levels of fructose. In the study fructose is shown kills female mice than table sugar. The sugar you use, or that is used to sweeten your favorite foods could be deadly.
Corn syrup not only adversely impact the animals’ rate of reproduction, it also caused premature death. Wayne Potts, one of the lead authors of the study says “this is the most robust study showing there is a difference between high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar at human-relevant doses.” This means that fructose in your diet could impact your health in a very similar fashion. Newsbreaker.com reveals more here:
Not so Sweet Findings
The study showed that female mice fed a diet which contained 25 percent of calories from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates known as monosaccharides that are found in corn syrup died at a rate 1.87 times higher than female mice on a diet in which 25 percent of calories came from sucrose.
- The mice on the fructose-glucose diet produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring than their counterparts on the diet containing added table sugar.
- The study suggests humans, especially women, could face adverse health effects tied to consuming too much corn syrup, which is found in many processed food products.
- Between 13 and 25 percent of Americans are estimated to eat diets containing 25 percent or more of calories from added sugars, according to the paper.
According to Mercola.com to avoid chronic disease, be mindful of your fructose consumption. He suggests:
Mounting evidence clearly shows that refined sugar and processed fructose are primary factors causing obesity and chronic disease, including heart and cardiovascular disease. A paper by Yang, et al, published in JAMA Internal Medicine last year looked at consumption of added sugar over two decades, as a percentage of total calories, concluding that it significantly contributed to cardiovascular deaths. People who consumed 30 percent of their daily calories as added sugar (like many teenagers are) had a four-fold greater risk of dying from heart disease.
The evidence is quite clear: If you want to normalize your weight, and dramatically reduce your risk of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, you need to address your processed food consumption. Refined sugar, processed fructose, grains, and other sugar-forming starchy carbohydrates are largely responsible for your body’s adverse insulin and leptin reactions, which underlie these and other chronic disease states.
Keep in mind that many sugars out there and sugar substitutes create a reaction for your body to crave more of the sweet stuff. This makes sugar addictive and the sugar substitutes deadly.
According to Pam Helmly, CN of Neurogistics “It’s better to use raw sugar when you need to or a small amount of stevia. Xylitol can cause allergic issues and challenges for many clients I treat.” Keep in mind that xylitol is a sugar alcohol and can be toxic to pets too.
Other alternatives or safely sweetening are from nature. Coconut sugar, Stevia and Lo Han Guo(also spelled Luo Han Kuo) are pretty safe and metabolize better in the body. Some people love birch sugar as well. Honey however isn’t as sweet for your body as it sounds. Also high in fructose, averaging around 53 percent, but in its raw form, and has many health benefits. It’s hard to find high quality raw honey in your local grocery store. Most of the commercial Grade A honey is highly processed and of poor quality.
Take Good Care, Emily Roberts MA, LPC
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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