What does the body consider “sugars?”

breads“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:

  • Breads
  • Crackers
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Cereals
  • 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.

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(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.)

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HFCS – Bad Or Not?

There has recently been a big advertising campaign by the corn industry to try and convince people that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is as safe as food.

Well. two recent surveys have found mercury in many well known products that contain HFCS – such as Dr. Pepper, Hunts Tomato Ketchup, and Lipton Green Tea, amongst others.

It’s well to remember that HFCS contains mostly Fructose (hence the name) and NOT Sucrose, which is regular sugar, and that your body processes these in different ways.

Some people have found themselves to have a reaction to HFCS for this reason, in that it can irritate the digestive system in a way that sucrose does not.

Aside from the fact that regular sugar is a natural product, and HFCS isn’t, TGFC still recommends avoiding products containing HFCS. Better to be safe than sorry. While, you’re about it though, it’s always a good idea to cut back on regular sugar consumption too.