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Fructose…the other “evil” ??

taken from "Life Extension Magazine"  Oct 2013, pg 73, by Roman Hartley

taken from “Life Extension Magazine” Oct 2013, pg 73, by Roman Hartley

1. from;  “Life Extension Magazine”,  Oct 2013, pg. 73

Well,  just to complicate matters a bit more on sweeteners,   there is new controversy on the use of  Fructose , a natural sweetener derived from plant sources,  what could be better…apparently, fructose in large amounts, can be very harmful, one publication even called it toxic,  and  a key factor in the development of metabolic syndrome.  Life Extension Magazine reports;  “like a toxin, fructose is metabolized almost exclusively in the liver, where it is converted into dangerous byproducts (such as excess lipids and uric acid), and like a toxin, fructose has direct harmful effects(glycation) on tissues throughout the body.”1

Of course we all should eat fresh fruit that we have deemed safe  within our given meal plan or calorie count, however, if you are a label reader (which we ALL should be),  take note on how many products (especially processed) have high fructose corn syrup in them.  If you add every last mg from each and everything you put in your mouth, you  may be shocked.   Limiting yourself to less than 25 grams per day is said to be the “safe”  number and  can be helpful in avoiding  metabolic syndrome which can be a precursor to Type II  diabetes.  When reading labels, it is important to pay attention to the serving size , or servings per container as this is where we can easily get into trouble.  How many of us open a “snack bag”  or what looks like a single serving of  a particular soft drink, only to learn it serves 2 !!!   As with all things, if it taste sweet and is not a natural fruit,  it probably has a high fructose count.

The table below summarizes what has been found to be true of  fructose;

 

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