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How To Rid The Body Of High Fructose Corn Syrup
Processed different: High fructose corn syrup is fructose, a 5-carbon sugar. Cane sugar is a combination of fructose and sucrose (a 6-carbon sugar). Fructose metabolism requires the body to deplete atp, an energy molecule and produces lactic acid. Fructose has numerous problems associated with it including causing/worsening diabetes and increasing uric acid that can worsen gout.
Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants (fruits, vegetables, sugar cane and honey). Fructose is absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Since 1970 high fructose corn syrup has been increasingly used in the food industry. Excess fructose consumption has been linked to Insulin resistance, obesity, metabolic ...Read more
I'm wondering what effect does high fructose corn syrup have on the body and why is it bad for you?
Fructose?: Humans have a limit to how much fructose the bowel can absorb at any given time. If you max out this limit, the fructose stays in the bowel and causes pain, bloating, and diarrhea. This is not dangerous, however. Just uncomfortable. The real health problem with hfcs is that because of its sugar contents, it is a major contributor to obesity and its consequences such as type ii diabetes.
No: There's been a lot of hype. The truth is, hfcs is 55% fructose and 45%glucose. Sucrose (table sugar) is about 50%fructose and 50%glucose. Glucose is used by our bodies as is. Fructose, on the other hand, requires processing by the liver to be used by the body. I recommend avoiding foods that contain a lot of either one. You get plenty of sugar in natural foods;you really don't need either one.See 1 more doctor answer
Jury's out: Cane sugar is sucrose, which is made of glucose and fructose. Corn syrup is mainly fructose. The big problem is probably not from the molecule itself but from how it's added to everything because it is cheap. Processed food has so much added sweetener to make up for lack of flavor that we're addicted to it.See 1 more doctor answer
Sugar: Yes. In some breads. But there are thousands of brands sold in the U.S. It will vary from bread to bread and bakery to bakery. Why do you ask?
I would like to know definitively, whether or not, Maltodextrin from corn and High Fructose Corn Syrup are essentially the same?
Not.: Both may be made from corn (MD is also made from wheat), but HFCS is first and foremost a sweetener whereas MD is often used for its texture or thickening rather than sweetening properties. HFCS is a physical mixture of fructose and glucose whereas MD is a polysaccharide of glucose - usually 3-17 units long. Both HFCS and MD contain a large number of calories.
Obesity, pain: Humans have a limit to how much fructose the bowel can absorb at any given time. If you max out this limit, the fructose stays in the bowel and causes pain, bloating, and diarrhea. This is not dangerous, however. Just uncomfortable. The real health problem with hfcs is that because of its sugar contents, it is a major contributor to obesity and its consequences such as type ii diabetes.See 2 more doctor answers
Calories: In and of itself its just a kind of sugar, but foods high in fructose tend to have a lot of calories, thus may promote obesity. There is very controversial theories that suggest fructose may affect hormones involved in appetite regulation (like leptin) and promote obesity in that fashion as well, but direct and definite proof is not yet out there at this time.See 1 more doctor answer
Few: Tough to find...Have to search. Look in organic or health food section.See 1 more doctor answer
Read the label!: Hi. I have all my patients learn to read the ingredients label on food (I do it myself too). That's why it's there! Get in the habit of using it!
Lots: Corn syrup is common in processed foods, but not in all, in general eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding heavily sweetened processed foods will help avoid fructose/corn syrup.
Yes: Just keep reading the ingredient labels on every food item you buy. Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Choose from local, organic, or homemade foods and you will have greater control over your intake of hfcs. It is not impossible (or even challenging) to eliminate hfcs from you diet. Good luck to you!See 1 more doctor answer
YES!!: Just avoid prepared foods of any kind. Cook your own bread, meals, and desserts completely from scratch, and drink only water. It's not easy, but it is possible! Hfcs does not occur in nature, so if you cook everything yourself, you can avoid it. On the other hand, hfcs isn't any worse than refined table sugar, and both should be strictly limited. Look at labels before you buy!See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Hi. Yes, they're the same, and they're not good for you.
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