by Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin
High fructose is a source of sugar with a hidden agenda. It’s been used for many years and wreaks havoc on the system. All sugars are not equal, and please keep in mind that all sugars- in excess- are harmful. If you apply reason to your diet, you will conclude that caution and scrutiny are required with every morsel you consume. What you eat causes the majority of your illnesses. The main ingredient used to destroy our good health for the past century has been sugar. High fructose corn syrup (HRCS), is the worst.
Our bodies are designed to use glucose (simple sugars) to energize all of our cells. Basically, every living creature on earth user glucose for energy. When we eat foods containing sugars and starch (carbohydrates), our body digests these foods, breaking them down into glucose, which is used to power our cells. Our small intestine releases glucose into the bloodstream. Our body then responds and releases insulin, which allows glucose to be taken in our cells. When we take in too much glucose, our body stores the rest for later use, or as fat.
Fructose works differently in the body. When we eat foods containing fructose, the fructose goes to the liver and does not enter the bloodstream, and therefore, our blood sugar levels do not rise in response. This fact gives fructose low-glycemic properties, however this doesn’t make it healthy. Fructose is claimed to be a safer alternative for diabetics. However, they leave out the fact that fructose is processed in the liver, as is alcohol; it is then converted to fat and triglycerides. Triglycerides are stored fats. Fructose increases triglyceride levels. This raises the cholesterol level and promotes heart disease. It also increases the workload of the liver. When fructose is metabolized by the liver, the pancreas does not produce the normal amount of insulin. As a result, fructose promotes disease more readily than glucose and it interferes with the hearts use of key minerals like magnesium, copper, and chromium.
Daily consumption of fructose is linked to the following illnesses, diabetes, organ damage, obesity, non- alcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension, heart disease, elevates liver enzymes and uric acid levels (which is worse than elevating your cholesterol), and gout – to name a few. Fructose does not increase insulin levels; however, it radically increases insulin resistance, which is very dangerous.
Fructose is not a fruit, it is a commercially refined sugar, and a man-made poison. To try to metabolize fructose daily destroys the metabolism. It is difficult to maintain balance or order. When, because of daily use, you become sensitized to fructose, your body inherits its toxic effects as well. Fructose, in excess, is the real problem. Our bodies were not designed to process such large amounts of it. Fruit drinks, soda, candies, cakes, breads and the new and popular scam, Agave, are all sources of fructose. The agave plant in its natural state is anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial and an immune booster; it does require processing to become edible. However, after the extensive processing from manufacturers, its medicinal properties are stripped and the end result is a product with the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener. It should be avoided like the plague. It is equally important to avoid foods that cause you harm – stop eating processed foods! Drink more water. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to a glass of water in the morning and cleanse your systems. Bake your own bread, and make your own candy and you will know what you are eating, avoiding ingredients that cause harm to the body, such as high fructose corn syrup.