Sunday, March 18, 2007

Obesity and High Fructose Diets

According to this article, a high fructose diet causes obesity in rats. Researchers use rats in physiology studies because their biochemistry closely resembles ours. Food manufacturers switched to fructose as a cheap substitute for sucrose in processed foods. Fructose is now pervasive in our diet. Beverages, be they fruit drinks or soft drinks, use high fructose corn syrup instead of sucrose these days. I wonder if the obesity epidemic started at the same time that manufacturers introduced fructose into our diet. If the people responsible for introducing fructose into our diet were made to pay for the additional costs to society due to obesity and other diseases should fructose be proven to be the underlying cause, would they switch back to sucrose? Would they even admit that they made a mistake if this is true? Nothing personal, we were saving money to make more profit. Do they let their children eat their own products? On the other hand, it turns out that there's three kinds of high fructose corn syrup that are used. In soft drinks, the amount of fructose to glucose is approximately the same as if sucrose were used as the sweetener. Sucrose is one molecule of fructose bound to one molecule of glucose. I should drink more water.
Comments:
I focus on corn. HFCS is just another manifestation of corn - high glycemic, not healthy. All things sugar increase appetite, don't they? Is there anything left that isn't based on corn?
 
I guess anything pure is detrimental. We need all these impurities too. And lots of fibers.
Anything pure is pure poison. Good to think about that. There are more things under the heavens we need to be aware of. Otherwise we end up introspecting all the time. And perhaps this leads to introversion. And we end up giggling like fake Buddhas. Knowing it all.
 
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