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Jul 18

Fructose Toxicity (I really can’t emphasise how bad excess sugar is for you)!

One of the main reasons I have lost weight and managed to keep it off is because I have given sugar the preverbal chop! Why? Well, while it might taste heavenly momentarily, science has shown that sugar is taking a devastating toll on health.
The problem is sugar (more specifically fructose) is loaded in just about all our food from the obvious fizzy drinks, fruit juices and sugary treats as well as ALL processed and packet food. Even products like infant formula have sugar in it – CRAZY! No wonder there is an obesity epidemic!
If you don’t know by now, carrying excess weight increases your risk for deadly (yes deadly) conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. You don’t have to be a doctor to realise the expanding waistlines, just take a look around you.
Ok, not all sugars are equal I agree; back in the day (when life was simple and we spend most of our time outdoors) our resources were glucose (energy form our bodies are designed to run on), however in today’s day in age our diet mostly consists of fructose (basically comparable to syrup). Astonishingly statistics reveal that ‘back in the day’ the average person consumed approximately 15 grams per day while current statistics are pointing to a consumption of more than 4 times that amount.
More than half of sweeteners used in food and beverage manufacturing are in the form of high fructose syrup, mostly because it’s cheaper to make, however risky for consumption due to its chemical form. The down side to those quick and easy packet food products (ok I know they make our lives a little bit easier, are cheap and are abundantly available in our grocery shops) contain little or no fibre, vitamins, minerals or enzymes which moderate the negative metabolic effects. So basically what I’m saying is there is no nutritive value left at all. Sadly the products marketing low fat diet food are often the highest in fructose. And while fructose itself isn’t so bad, it’s the massive doses were exposed to that make it dangerous.
What about fruit, is it bad for you? Yes, fruit contains fructose, but as I said before, they also contain vitamins and other antioxidants that reduce the hazardous effects of fructose. Fruit juice on the other hand is just as bad as soda. Unless you are a raw food eating fitness fanatic, my advice is to be careful with your fruit consumption if you already eat a diet consisting of mostly processed food, as you may be adding to your problem.
The main reason fructose is so damaging to the body is because it metabolizes in a much different way than glucose. Glucose is broken down 20% by the liver and the balanced is used up by every other cell in your body for energy so it’s normally burned up immediately after consumption. The metabolic burden with fructose however rests on your liver. In addition, fructose can cause high blood pressure, potentially damaging your kidneys, inflamed blood vessels (which can lead to heart attacks and strikes) and various cancers related to inflammation. And if that’s not bad enough, fructose leads to insulin resistance and you WILL gain weight and sport that bloated beer belly looking abdomen (well, fatty deposits throughout your body actually). Don’t stay ignorant; understanding how the body work will only do you good in the long run.