There is one ingredient that’s a major contributor to almost all modern diseases. Avoiding this ONE ingredient will drastically improve, even cure type 2 diabetes, arthritis and hypertension, just to name a few health problems.
I believe it will soon be exposed publicly as the biggest contributor to cancer- even more than smoking.
And I would go so far to say it’s the single reason obesity has become so common over the last 30 years.
Even more, although it’s included on almost all dinner tables (as well as lunch and breakfast), it’s by all definitions nothing less than a poison. And whether you know it or not, you’re consuming a big quantity of this poison.
That’s why, in today’s article I’m going to expose this poison, tell you why and how to avoid it and what to use instead to improve all health issues.
You may have been aware of a battle between the sugar industry and the corn industry (making high fructose corn syrup) over which one is less healthy.
Due to this battle, many manufactures are now making processed foods and drinks using cane or beet sugar instead of HFCS.
But guess what? Even if HFCS is probably even worse than sugar due to the chemical processing it takes to make it, both products are poison.
Both HFCS and regular sugar are pretty close to 50% glucose and 50% fructose.
Whereas glucose is actually quite healthy and can be absorbed by almost all cells in the body, fructose is poison that needs to be processed by the liver before it can be used anywhere.
And once processed by the liver, majority of the fructose is transformed directly into fat and stored all over the body.
One place fructose is stored is in the pancreas. It also acts as a block on the cell’s insulin receptors. This is one of the main causes of Type 2 Diabetes.
Fructose also elevates uric acid, which triggers inflammation all over the body. This again causes arthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. This uric acid has also been linked to cause all major cancers.
As if this wasn’t enough, fructose also creates all kinds of hormone changes. One thing it does is blocks insulin release. Therefore, cells don’t absorb the energy from the blood stream and blood sugar levels spike. The only way to get rid of the sugar is by storing it as fat. Since glucose and fructose are often consumed together (in sugars) this is especially dangerous.
One strange dynamic about fructose is, unlike any other food you consume, it doesn’t tell you when you’re full. So if you consume 500 calories of glucose and other nutrition from pasta, at some point there is a feedback curve to your brain telling your appetite you had enough.
This doesn’t happen with fructose. Not only that, it may even trigger more hunger. So now you may consume 300 calories from fructose but your body doesn’t sense it as nutrition so you’re still hungry. You then consume another 300 calories from other kinds of food. Since they’re extra calories you didn’t really need, they’re transformed directly into fat.
So where are you getting your fructose from?
Any kind of sugar contains around 50% fructose. This includes HFCS, cane sugars, honey, syrup, sugars in orange juice etc. And although the fructose is packaged differently in these products, once broken down in the body, there is no difference.
And the average person is consuming a frightening amount of fructose!
Can you imagine that you’re most likely eating 1/3 or a pound sugar EVERY DAY! And half of it is fructose. This is how much the average American consumes. And this may be true for you even if you don’t ever scoop out the white powder yourself.
Sugar or HFCS is an ingredient in every type of processed food. It’s added to almost all non-diet drinks. Sometimes even the steak you buy in your local supermarket has been seasoned with sugar without labeling it.
The amount of sugar consumption for the last 30 years has multiplied. Mostly because of the increase in cheap HFCS that can be added to almost all kinds of processed food and drinks.
One of the reasons food makers are using so much sugar is because of the low-fat trend. When all fat is taken out of most cooked foods and pastries, the feeling and taste of it is very dry and unappealing. To counteract this HFCS is added in.
Whereas fat consumption has gone down from 40% to 30% of overall calories for the last 30 years, sugar consumption in various forms has gone way up. And cases of obesity and chronic diseases are soaring. Eating fat was never the problem.
There is a direct (and I mean absolutely direct) correlation between the consumption of sugars (specially HFCS) and increase in type 2 diabetes.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol cases are on a steep rise as well. Never before have as many people been medicated for these health problems as now. And cases are getting younger and younger.
The most visual consequence of the big sugar consumption is of course obesity. USA is leading the way but both Europe and Asia and even some parts of Africa are catching up fast. Being overweight has become the rule instead of the exception.
So if you accept that whatever health problem you’re fighting, fructose is a major player, what can you do about it?
The first thing is to become aware that sugar is in all processed food. Some microwave foods, for example, include more sugars than cakes and donuts. All drinks except diet drinks (that may even be worse for different reason) are also loaded with sugar.
So avoiding processed food is essential. If you want to take this issue to the max, this means cooking at home most of the time or eating out at places that specialize in healthy diets.
Replacing all sodas and other drinks (including fruit drinks) with water may get you quite far. Many of those drinks also include other chemicals so you’re killing two birds with one stone.
Don’t be afraid to use healthy fats. Fatty parts of the meat, olive oil and other healthy oils and even full fat milk is not going to hurt you. If you are including this into your cooking and therefore using less sugar, you’re doing much better.
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