“Sugars” are any carbohydrate that is consumed.
“Sugars” include sweet substances like table sugar (sucrose,) fruit sugar (fructose,) milk sugar (lactose,) etc. (Look for words ending “ose” on labels.)
These sweet-tasting sugars can also be known as honeys, molasses, syrups, candies, and nectars.
“Sugars” also include non-sweet-tasting carbohydrates, including:
- Other Starchy veggies, including peas, corn, beans..
All “sugars” raise insulin levels in the bloodstream, when consumed. When insulin levels are high, sugars are converted to fat, and all fats are stored in the body.
The trigger of insulin production is to the flavor “sweet” and although “sweet” can have differing degrees of response, please note that sugar-substitutes are also “sweet” to the brain.
It is possible to eat a low/no-fat diet and gain weight, that is stored as fat.
(Nothing in this article is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. It is for informational purposes only. Always seek and follow the advice of your professional medical doctor.)
It’s all over the place. It’s ubiquitous in the American diet. It makes huge profits for the companies that produce it, and it’s around 6 times sweeter than natural sugar.
However, if eating something sweet leaves you feeling bloated and yucky, check the label on what you’ve eaten.
It could be that darn HFCS.
Like we said it’s found all over the place. It’s in soda, salad dressings, cereals, and other sweet desserts. What happens is this. Apart from it being empty calories that do you no use at all, except help to make you fat, it doesn’t always get digested properly by the body, and then it gets attacked by the bacteria that occur naturally in your gut. This can lead to excessive gas, and even diarhea.
A recent survey found it to be quite common. The best way to check if it’s what’s making you feel full, and your family and friends think you’re anti-social, is to quit eating and drinking anything with HFCS in for a week. If those symptoms stop, you’ve possibly cracked it.
Of course, if your symptoms continue, they whisk yourself off to a doctor. We’d always advocate you do this if you’re ever worried about your health. TGFC doesn’t pretend to be any kind of substitute for professional medical advice – ever.