Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sugar isn't always just sugar

I just saw this commercial from The Corn Refiner's saying that your body can't tell the difference between different types of sugar. This however is about as far from the truth as you can get. You're body only stores/metabolizes sugar in the form of Glucose. Anything and everything you take in has to be broken down into the Glucose form. I learned this in my Biochemistry class where we had to memorize all of the metabolic processes. The most interesting thing I learned is that when your body intakes Fructose (high fructose corn syrup ring a bell) it complete bypasses the regulatory step of metabolism. The step where your body determines whether to use the food for energy or to store is as fat. So when you intake foods that contain high fructose corn syrup the fructose goes into storage and is saved for later use, rather than being used immediately. There are numerous studies that indicate high fructose corn syrup leads to obesity and diabetes. Most of this could be related to how good it makes food taste. And is it just me or do you get an insatiable feeling to eat more junk once you've started? Its like lays says "Bet you can't eat just one."

This Article is interesting

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