Fructose is fruit sugar. It comes from fruit.
Complex sugars like sucrose can be broken down into simpler sugars, glucose and fructose.
If fructose comes from fruit, then it must be natural. If it is natural then it must be good for us.
That is what the food industry would like us to believe.
I was in Holland & Barrett, a health food store, at least that is what they would like us to think.
At the back of the store boxes of pure fructose. I was reminded of boxes of washing powder. It would probably be safer to eat washing powder, certainly safer to eat the box.
Why not simply serve the customers rat poison? The end result will be the same.
Fructose is deadly!
No child wants to be obese. No child gets up in the morning and shouts Mam, I want to be fat. No child wants to be bullied at school for being overweight.
Why then do parents abuse their children by taking them to the local McVomit, stuff them with sugary treats, give them Coke to drink?
We have an epidemic of childhood obesity, we have kids with type 2 diabetes a disease of late middle age. We have an epidemic of obesity in 6-month old babies!
It may surprise most people to learn that children do not exercise less than they used to. Children do not become fat because they exercise less. They exercise less because they are fat.
We are eating more. Gluttony.
This is a biochemical and psychological problem.
McDonald’s showed in the 1970s, if you give people bigger portions they eat more, and there appears to be no limit. Supersize everything, the food is cheap, the profits go up, but so does the calorie intake.
The calorie intake is in the carbohydrates, the sugars, not the fats.
We are eating more, but what we are eating more of is calorie dense, thus we are hit with a double whammy.
High Fructose Corn Syrup. Obtained from maize. Advantage to the drinks industry is that it is cheap. They switched from sucrose to HFCS. The net result that in the US is 63 pound per person.
Fructose is sweeter. If we give sucrose a base index of 100. On the same measure HFCS 120, fructose 173
We are increasing our total food intake, we are increasing the amount of sugar.
Agricultural policy is that food should be cheap. But cheap food comes at a high cost, high environmental cost, animal welfare, junk food.
High Fructose Corn Syrup. Cheap so replaces sucrose. But gets in everywhere because it is cheap.
Fruit juices are problematic. Healthy yes, but high in sugar, or can be.
Grams of sugar per 100ml
- pomegranate juice 12.4
- red grape and raspberry juice 11.5
- orange juice 10.0
- coconut water 4.8
Pomegranate juice is known to be high in sugar, that is why the advice is no more than one glass a day.
An athlete after a burst of activity will have burnt down the energy store held in the liver. High energy or sports drinks are designed to replenish the depleted energy levels in the liver. Do we see elite athletes drinking these drinks? No. We see fat kids drinking them because they have been brainwashed into thinking it is cool.
A legacy of the London 2012 Olympics is that more people will get more exercise. Sheer and utter nonsense. Sat watching the Olympics on TV does not incline one to get up and be active.
Two of the sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics are McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. What message does that send?
Eat less fat. Junk low fat foods are high in sugar.
In the home, food from fresh ingredients, we can control what we eat.
With processed food, cut the fat and it tastes crap, so replace the fat with sugar. Low fat processed food is high in sugar, which usually means high in High Fructose Corn Syrup
Fructose suppresses the signals to the brain that says I am no longer hungry. Thus if a kid drinks a can of coke in a fast food restaurant, a huge intake of calories, far from feeling satiated and having no appetite, can actually eat more.
A can or bottle of coke is a syrup. Caffeine is a stimulant, it is also a diuretic, meaning we urinate more. This leads to loss of fluid, we feel thirsty and drink more. Also contains salt, the sugar masks the salt. The salt makes us thirsty, we drink more.
Fructose and glucose are simple sugars, but they are not the same. They have different physical structures, they are metabolised in different ways.
The boxes of fructose in Holland & Barrett are labelled fruit sugar. The side panel states it is a natural sugar and advises use to replace sucrose!
Sucrose is 50:50 fructose and glucose.
With my knowledge of plants I can quite easily concoct a delicious but deadly meal.
Tobacco is natural!
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