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Sugar Concerns Continue to Rise, Experts Reveal the Health Concerns Associated With Fructose

October 02, 2015 2 min read

Sugar has long been given a bad rap when it comes to our health. And research continues to find evidence that it is, in fact, one of our body's worst enemies. Health experts have even re-adjusted their sugar guidelines in order to motivate people to lessen their intake of added sugars, like the ones we add to our foods and drinks; a dash of sugar in our coffee cups or a sprinkle on our morning cereal are cause for concern. The World Health Organization report from earlier this year recommended that a person's daily energy should come from no more than 10 percent of added sugars, including juices and honey. fructose from fizzy drinks is stored as fat in the liver Also earlier this year, a study was published by UC Davis that revealed beverages sweetened with low, medium and high levels of high-fructose corn syrup can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease significantly. "These findings clearly indicate that humans are acutely sensitive to the harmful effects of excess dietary sugar over a broad range of consumption levels," Dr. Kimber Stanhope from the university said. "All the grains that we eat and call carbs are pretty much pure glucose and it goes into the blood stream slowly because it takes a while for the enzymes in the intestines to break it all down," she continued. Glucose enters the blood stream slowly since it takes time for the enzymes in the intestines to break it down, but once it's prepared to exit the intestines, glucose does so via the portal vein, traveling to the liver first. And if the liver is in need of energy, it will absorb as much of the glucose as it needs, before traveling to other parts of the body in need of fuel. fructose from fizzy drinks is stored as fat in the liver fructose from fizzy drinks is stored as fat in the liver Fructose works differently than this, however. Found in a variety of sweetened drinks, it is added in the form of high-fructose corn syrup and while it too is delivered directly to the liver, there is an enzyme that works in the liver that is constantly on. "So it takes any fructose it can get its hands on, even if the liver has enough energy," Dr. Stanhope said. And the result is that it never makes it out of the liver. fructose from fizzy drinks is stored as fat in the liver "So what we end up with is a fructose overload in the liver, and therefore it needs to start storing it as fat," she continues. This ends up increasing the level of cholesterol as well as triglycerides in the blood, and can cause metabolic syndrome. fructose from fizzy drinks is stored as fat in the liver "Another problem, is that when your insulin isn't working well it also causes more fructose to be turned into fat and it's also going to increase the amount of fat the liver sends into the blood," Dr. Stanhope adds. "Another problem, is that the group that consumed fructose tended to gain that weight within the abdominal cavity, this is what we call visceral fat and makes us apple shaped." What do you think of these findings? Source: Daily Mail Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_111691" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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