Friday, July 25, 2008

More Bad News About HFCS

Not that I am complainning -- only this time it's plain old innocent-seeming fructose too.

A few years ago people started getting freaked out about high fructose corn syrup, blaming it for the obesity epidemic. The hfcs industry fought back hard, and the issue became sort of muddled and nobody really wanted to lay it on against this poor harmless totally industrialized food product.

But the evidence keeps trickling in -- and now it's about fructose, even the naturally occurring kind that comes in fruit.

Yesterday Tara Parker-Pope reported on her blog about a study in Texas that showed that
"the body converts fructose to body fat with 'surprising speed,''" ... The study, which appears in The Journal of Nutrition, shows how glucose and fructose, which are forms of sugar, are metabolized differently.

When glucose is consumed, the liver basically figures out if the body should store it as fat or burn it as energy. It seems that fructose skips the liver and goes straight to your thighs.

Sort of takes the wholesome shine off all those Tropicana OJF cartons.

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