January 6, 2010
The article, disguised as an informational piece is nothing more than an infomercial. Like the agenda behind those annoying TV spots from a few years ago where two people discuss HFCS but soon come to the conclusion there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ‘natural’ product, this article is nothing more than a last ditch effort to confuse consumers.
|There are two major concerns that immediately present themselves: fructose is a serious health concern and the percentage of fructose reported is only a conservative estimation. In a recent study it’s been found that soda contains as much as 65% fructose.
Extra fructose is a real problem because the substance is processed differently by the body than its cousin glucose.
Glucose is ingested and then harmlessly passes through our intestinal tract and is then excreted as waste. Therefore the extra caloric intake in not absorbed by the body and does not get metabolized as fat. (See Fig. 1)
In sharp contrast, 100% of fructose ingested is directly absorbed by the liver, processed into fat and deposited in the abdominal cavity. (See Fig. 2) In addition, triglycerides levels in the blood sharply spike. Both factors are the leading contributors of the two most dangerous health problems: heart disease and diabetes.
Fructose which is officially a hepatotoxin and can severely overload your liver which and leads to the creation of many waste products including uric acid. It is also believed to be the leading cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which can lead to liver failure.
Pure and simple: the fructose you ingest is changed to fat and stored by your body.
In addition, while glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin (an appetite suppressant) fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with the brain’s communication with leptin. This results in a never ending cycle of ingesting fructose without the satisfaction of feeling full and leads to a never ending cycle of overeating.
The real question which is not even being addressed by HFCS’s spokespeople is why are these numbers so skewed and how long have they known their product is this unhealthy? With health statistics as they are here in the U.S., at best this is a clear example of criminal negligence.