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Monday, September 9, 2013

Deadly Effects Of Fructose Consumption

I recently read an informative article listing Fructose poisoning as being the cause of several maladies, among them:

  • 39% increase in abdominal obesity in men
  • 9% increase in insulin resistance
  • 11% increased risk of hypertension in men
  • It also increases your risk of abnormal lipid profiles
  • It increases INFLAMMATION

Between the years 1970 and 1990 American consumption of high fructose corn syrup rose by MORE THAN 1000% WHICH PARALLELS THE RAPID RISE OF THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC.


What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It affects one in five people, and prevalence increases with age. Some studies estimate the prevalence in the USA to be up to 25% of the population.

  • Fructose cannot suppress one's appetite the way that GLUCOSE does, so you keep eating after you are full, contributing to abdominal obesity
  • Fructose also triggers changes in the liver leading to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar
  • Fructose also diverts normal liver enzymes to produce abnormally large amounts of new FAT molecules which contribute to unbalanced lipid profiles and fatty liver disease
  • Fructose raises production of toxic uric acid which is a major contributor to hypertensio
  • Fructose acts through the "JNK" pathway to stimulate body-wide INFLAMMATION (JNK is officially called "c-Jun Terminal Kinase" and fructose activates the JNK pathway which contributes to insulin resistance and ultimately to inflammation.
The real culprit here is "High Fructose Corn Syrup" and it is found in darn near every product you buy anymore. The food industry wants you to believe that it is not harmful even in high amounts, however the evidence does NOT appear to back that up.

Wait a minute, I always thought that fruits and vegetables contain fructose? YES, they do however they also contain fiber and other nutrients which slow absorption and enable to your liver to safely clear it.

As mentioned many times in my blog posts, you need to avoid high fructose corn syrup in packaged, canned and bottled products that contain it. LEARN TO READ INGREDIENT LABELS.


SOURCE: Life Extension Magazine Oct 2013 issue  on fructose poisoning

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