- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and sucrose are no different; both are equally bad for the body!
- Fat COMBINED with sugar (not fat alone) has been strongly linked with heart disease
- Fructose has been shown to raise triglyceride levels, lower good cholesterol and increases LDL cholesterol (remember, the ‘L’ is for lousy). In a 6-day study of healthy medical students who were fed an acute fructose diet, their triglyceride levels doubled, their new fat synthesis showed a five-fold increase, and their free fatty acid levels (a contributing factor to insulin resistance) doubled!
- All LDL is not created equal. Pattern A (large, buoyant) type LDL is harmless, while Pattern B (small, dense) is the one to watch out for; Type A is raised by fat intake, while B is raised by carbohydrate intake
- Exercise mitigates the damage done by fructose; by speeding up the body’s ability to process it before harmful waste products are created and/ or converted to fat
- Regularly giving your child fruit juice is just as bad as giving them beer
- Agave and commercially made fruit juice can contain as much as 90% fructose—stay away!
- AHA guidelines for SUGAR intake are as follow (varies with activity level):
for Men: 36 grams or 9 teaspoons
for Women: 20 grams or 5 teaspoons
for Children: 12 grams or 3 teaspoons
- To roughly determine the fructose content of a food item, simply look up the grams of sugar and divide in half.
** It is HIGHLY recommended that any sugar intake come from whole food sources like fruits, vegetables and nuts. If a person is ill, I suggest limiting SUGAR intake to no more than 25 grams, and FRUCTOSE to 15 grams.