Fructose: The Stealth Sugar

I've warned you about curbing your consumption of sugary fruit drinks, sports drinks and carbonated soft drinks for good reason: Sweet drinks represent the leading source of calories in America, and the engine that fuels the obesity epidemic.

New research from the University of Florida has determined why fructose -- the key sweetener contained in sugary drinks and other processed foods that comes from corn syrup, honey and fruit -- can be so health-harming. Fructose fools your body by making you perceive you're hungrier than you really are...

In studies on rats, scientists found fructose contributed to a rise in uric acid levels in the blood which blocks how insulin works in your body to regulate sugar. After 10 weeks on a high-fructose diet, every rat in the study had increased levels of uric acid and eventually developed a resistance to insulin. Lowering uric acid levels, however, reversed that damage.

One of the best and easiest way to turn your health around is to stop drinking liquid candy in all forms and switch to pure water.

One thing to keep in mind: The starch-derived (corn) fructose used to sweeten soft drinks and all kinds of processed foods is refined, man-made and metabolically different than the natural kind already in fruit. That's why your body converts the starch-derived fructose in processed foods to brown adipose tissue and trigylcerides that contribute to diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

On the other hand, fruit fructose, along with all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, other mono-, di- and olgio-saccharides and fiber found in fruit, are converted to blood glucose.

Yahoo News December 15, 2005

American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology October 18, 2005

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