You Are What You Eat – Or Maybe Not! (Part Two)

In part one, we discovered a correlation between the consumption of fructose found within many food products and weight gain. We revealed that the two entities that influence both our being hungry and feeling full are compromised by the introduction of fructose into the digestive system. As a result, we not only don’t feel full, we actually ‘forgot’ that we ate!

Science is discovering that fructose, made from corn, is causing a chemical reaction within the body upon consumption that, left untreated, can become a chronic condition. Just as someone performing a repetitive motion can go from injury to chronic injury if the repetitive motion is not changed, so it is believed to be the case with a continued consumption of fructose. This is referred to as Metabolic Syndrome.

Chronic fructose exposure through excess consumption can result in the following:

* Type 2 diabetes

* Obesity

* Hypertension

* Lipid problems

* Cardiovascular disease

Unlike glucose, a natural sweetener that can be assimilated by every living thing because it is the energy of life itself, this is not the case when it comes to fructose. When glucose is consumed, it is converted into glycogen by the body and stored in the liver to then be used to supply energy to the body. Not only that, but there is no limit to the amount of glycogen that can be stored in the liver, because it is a non-toxic form of ‘sugar’ and will not cause liver failure. Excessive fructose consumption, on the other hand, is akin to introducing poison into the body because the liver processes fructose differently than glucose.

The main reason fructose could even be considered a poison might shock you.

It is because, once the liver processes the fructose, it creates excess uric acid, a waste product well known for causing gout and hypertension. The real danger in this over-production of uric acid is that it blocks the body’s ability to maintain proper blood pressure, thus increasing the likelihood of hypertension.

As was pointed out in part one using the drinking of soda as an example of excessive fructose consumption:

As soda consumption increases, the level of uric acid increases, along with an increase in blood pressure. Thus, the spike in the number of people suffering from hypertension is directly due to the increased amount of sugar intake in the form of fructose! The real danger here is the increasing number of hypertension cases being seen in younger patients. It follows that, as the youth increase their consumption of sugary products, especially soft drinks, the amount of uric acid released into their blood stream will result in higher blood pressure.

Science is uncovering the possibility that, unlike the consumption of glucose resulting in nearly none of it being stored as fat, approximately 30% of fructose consumed ends up as stored fat!

The conclusion: consumption of fructose is not what you would normally associate with an increased amount of stored fat in the body. That distinction has always been attributed to a fat-rich diet in the form of protein. However, laboratory testing has concluded that the over-consumption of fructose as a sweetener is doing just that!

Here is the very real connection:

As it is also known, real fat is mainly comprised of protein, whereas fructose is mainly known as a carbohydrate. People looking to lose weight would embrace a low fat diet. And they would naturally turn to more and more carbohydrate-type foods to make up their caloric needs! After all, if you don’t eat, you will die. Only recently has it been discovered that an increased consumption of fructose laden foods, found mostly in foods rich in carbohydrates, could be the real culprit in weight gain. Not only that, but it could well be the number one contributor to other health-related diseases showing up in increasing numbers of late.

A high sugar diet composed of fructose as the sweetener is actually a high fat diet that is worse than a consumption of fat in the form of protein. Real fat is a protein, whereas fructose sugar is a carbohydrate.

The bottom line:

As we continue to increase our consumption of fructose, especially as it is increasingly introduced into the food chain, on top of consumption of other fructose products, such as sodas and energy drinks, along with a decreased consumption of fiber and glucose, we are causing an epidemic of enormous proportions of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obesity at a time when the health care system is already overpriced and overburdened.

In part three, we will conclude this study with some amazing and even frightening considerations as we continue to consume more and more foods sweetened with high fructose corn syrup products.



Source by D. P. Brown

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