Sucrose (table sugar) is a disaccharide made of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Sucrose is metabolized primarily in the small intestine releasing equal parts glucose and fructose. Glucose causes insulin release and is rapidly cleared from the blood stream by insulin dependent channels. Fructose is independent of insulin and is rapidly taken up by the… Continue reading Sucrose (Table Sugar) is a Disaccharide Made of 50% Fructose and 50% Glucose.
Glucose and Fructose have different effects on the addiction centers in the brain. Fructose produced activation in the brain’s ‘reward circuit,’ and increased the desire for food. Glucose does not directly activate the reward center. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. “Fructose and glucose: Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10… Continue reading Glucose and Fructose have Different Effects on The Brain.
Could it be the sugar-sweetened beverage companies know that the reward system is activated by fructose, creating more compulsion to purchase? The incidental side effect is an excessive fat accumulation in the liver, and our epidemic of NAFLD, Metabolic Syndrome, Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes. Could the priming of the opioid epidemic be associated?
It’s no secret that sugar is bad for you. It spoils your teeth, packs on pounds around your belly, and provides zero nutrition. Unfortunately, these are the least of sugars crimes. The biggest reason why you should stop taking sugar is that it is one of the most pro-inflammatory foods. Current Research suggests that chronic,… Continue reading Sugar, Inflammation, and Health
The prevalence of vending machines that stock soda in schools, particularly elementary schools, is concerning for the overall health and well-being of the country. Sodas are made largely with high fructose corn syrup. Fructose activates the dopaminergic reward system more than glucose, and high fructose corn syrup is spiked with extra fructose, far beyond what… Continue reading Vendors of Death
Fructose and glucose are both sugars, but they are not the same. High-fructose corn syrup was invented in the 1970s and began to replace regular sugar around 1975. The obesity epidemic coincides with the use of HFCS, and vegetable oils and ultra-processed grain also increased in the mid-1970s. The per capita consumption of HFCS —… Continue reading Fructose vs Glucose
There has been an intentional, unlabeled increase in manufacturing fructose, which is having an impact on weight and leading to the obesity epidemic. Soda drinkers in particular are consuming more fructose than people realize. Manufactured high-fructose corn syrup contains a ratio of 55:45 fructose to glucose. High-fructose corn syrup was invented in the early 1970s… Continue reading Intentional and Unlabeled Increase in Fructose
Protein bars are often marketed as a healthy way to snack and increase your protein intake. However, simply increasing the consumption of protein (without reducing carbohydrates and eliminating vegetable oils and artificial flavoring) will not make you feel full, and will increase your weight and meta-inflammation. Food manufacturers are experts in engineering food to be… Continue reading Eat More Protein?
Many people think that sugar is sugar, but there are different types and sugar comes in many forms. Compared with glucose, fructose plays a primary role in development of metainflammation, obesity, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes Fructose directly increases de novo lipogenesis, promotes dyslipidemia, decreases insulin sensitivity, increases visceral adiposity, and stimulates the reward… Continue reading The Role of Fructose