Wilmington, NC – Jonny “Rogue Nutritionist” Bowden, in a Natural Health Sherpa post, wrote that saying high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is natural is misleading. Bowden argues that the fact that something is natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Regarding HFCS being natural, Bowden remarks “it’s natural because it’s made from corn. Maybe so, but so is ethanol, and I’m not drinking that either.”
High Fructose Corn Syrup VS Sugar
Table sugar, aka sucrose, is actually a combination of the two simple sugars glucose and fructose. According to Dr. Bowden, consuming too much sugar, no matter what type is bad for human health.
“A fair amount of research has been done investigating exactly which of the two components of sugar is worse for you—glucose or fructose. And the hands-down winner in the “this stuff is bad” category is…fructose,” says Dr. Bowden.
He goes on to explain that fructose is indeed a naturally occurring fruit sugar.
“When fructose is found in its original setting (like an apple or a berry), it’s surrounded with healthful nutrients like phytochemicals and fiber. When it’s extracted and made into a liquid sweetener, it’s a complete nightmare. Studies have shown that fructose produces insulin resistance in animals. Insulin resistance is a central feature of metabolic syndrome and type ll diabetes,” Bowden explains.
Chemically, there’s really not much difference between HFCS and table sugar. Table sugar is 50% glucose and 50% fructose while HFCS is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. The problem, according to Dr. Bowden, is that HFCS is everywhere. Because HFCS is significantly cheaper than table sugar, it is used widely in manufacturing food and beverages. And because HFCS is ubiquitous, consumers are consuming more fructose than ever.
A Sugar By Any Other Name . . .
Dr. Bowden warns consumers that taking in huge amounts of sugar or its substitutes will hasten the ageing process, contribute to the development of chronic diseases, increase waist lines and sap energy.
Natural Health Sherpa published several articles about artificial sweeteners. It warns about saccharin side effects, xylitol side effects as well as the dangers of aspartame.
“Eat less sugar and its substitutes if you want to slow down the aging process, maintain vibrant health, retain a slim and trim figure and enjoy boundless energy,” Dr. Bowden.
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