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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dr. Oz on Sweeteners: Sugar, Fructose, Insulin/Resistance, AGE, FattyLiver



I was shocked when Dr. Oz recommended a snack made with agave syrup. I had seen a previous program by America's representative of the medical industry in which he revealed the hazards of agave syrup as a new source of fructose. Now he just skipped over the use of this fructose syrup as a "natural" sweetener, even though it is even less healthy than high fructose corn syrup, HFCS. There seems to be a lot of deliberate confusion about sweeteners and since I am trained as a carbohydrate chemist, I will try to tell it as I see it.

General Information 
  • Carbohydrates are not needed in your diet, since your liver can make all the blood sugar that you need from protein. Most diabetics can benefit from a low carbohydrate diet. 
  •  Glucose, the blood sugar, is primarily responsible for turning on insulin production, so sweeteners (glucose, sucrose, HFCS, corn syrup) or dietary carbohydrates (starch, e.g. cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, bananas) that are readily converted to glucose, cause blood insulin levels to rise. 
  •  Fructose in any form (HFCS, sucrose, agave syrup) contributes to liver damage. Fructose is the most chemically reactive sugar. 
  •  Artificial sweeteners, especially in soft drinks, do not contribute dietary calories, but they apparently increase insulin production and contribute to hunger, eating and obesity. 
  •  Insulin production removes glucose from the blood, i.e. lowers blood sugar, by increasing glucose transport into fat cells. If glucose is in your blood, but insulin is not present, e.g. type I diabetes, then you get thin. If glucose is in your blood and insulin is present, then you get fat. If you are fat and glucose is still high in the blood and insulin is present, then the fat cells will die unless they shut off the insulin response, i.e. insulin resistance. Lowering the amount of carbohydrates, sweeteners/starch, in your diet makes it easier to control blood sugar levels and avoid hunger. 
  •  Decreasing dietary carbohydrates means that calories have to be present in some other form and the answer is saturated fat. Most polyunsaturated fats, e.g. vegetable oils, except olive oil, are not healthy. The fats in meat, butter, eggs and coconut oil are the healthy choices supported by the biomedical literature, and along with vegetables, form the foundation of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. 
Central Metabolism Started with Fructose not Glucose 
All organisms convert sugars through a common series of enzymatic steps, called central metabolism, to a simple, three-carbon compound called pyruvate. Pyruvate can be used as a source of energy in mitochondria in the presence of oxygen or converted into alcohol or acids in various forms of fermentation. No matter what sugars are used, e.g. glucose, galactose, mannose, they are all converted in cells into derivatives of fructose. Thus, fructose is common to all organisms and can be considered to be the most primitive. So why is glucose usually considered to be the the start of central metabolism and why is dietary fructose dangerous?

Fructose is too Reactive to Transport 
The first cells used fructose as the starting material to make the building block molecules of cells, e.g. carbs, proteins, fats, nucleic acids, and energy in the form of ATP. Multicellular organisms, such as animals and plants had to move sugars from cell to cell. It would be obvious to transport fructose, since all other molecules could be converted into fructose, but the problem is that fructose is too chemically reactive, i.e. it reacts with proteins to form AGE. It is for that reason that fructose is converted by cells into glucose, which is less than one tenth as chemically reactive. In plants, the reactive groups of glucose and fructose are bonded together to produce sucrose, table sugar, which is much less reactive and can be transported in plant vessels at very high concentrations.

High Blood Sugar is Bad, High Fructose is Worse (AGE-ing) 
High levels of blood sugar, glucose, react with proteins to produce advanced glycation end products, AGE. Fructose in the blood produces these inflammatory compounds more than ten times faster. That is why fructose is a bad sweetener for diabetics. Eating fructose, e.g. agave syrup or sucrose, doesn't directly raise blood sugar/glucose levels, since it raises blood fructose levels, which is worse.

Fructose Fattens Livers 
Fructose is rapidly absorbed in the intestines and transported to the liver. The blood vessels of the liver remove fructose from the blood and it is rapidly converted into fat. Fructose in sweeteners has now surpassed alcohol as the major source of liver disease.

Sweeteners
Fructose is ten times sweeter than glucose, and that is why cheap forms of glucose, such as corn syrup, are treated with enzymes to convert some of their glucose into fructose to produce high fructose corn syrup. Corn syrup is not as sweet as pure glucose, because the syrup contains a mixture of short chains of glucose of different lengths, and the chains decrease in sweetness with length. By changing some of the glucose into fructose, the HFCS can be made as sweet as table sugar, sucrose. Corn subsidies keep corn syrup cheap and make HFCS very profitable. Unfortunately, the HFCS contains fructose and therefore it has the liver toxicity and AGE-forming inflammation of fructose.  Agave syrup is like HFCS on steroids.

Agave Syrup is Fructose 
Agave syrup contains fructose produced by industrial processing of the fructose polysaccharides, inulin, in agave extracts. I cannot understand why anyone would use this commercially processed fructose as a sweetener. It doesn't raise blood sugar as much as sucrose, because there is much more fructose than sugar (like very high fructose corn syrup) it raises blood fructose levels instead, which is much, much worse.

Sugar Makes You Hungry 
The human body can only use simple sugars, e.g. glucose, fructose, sucrose, or starch. Body enzymes convert sucrose into fructose + glucose, and starch into glucose. Other carbs, such as soluble fiber, are only digested by gut bacteria in the colon. The conversion of starches to glucose begins with enzymes in saliva in the mouth and is completed in the upper part of the digestive tract. Starch should be considered as a simple sugar, because it causes a rapid rise in blood sugar, just like glucose. It may actually be faster than table sugar. The rapid rise of blood sugar causes a rapid increase in blood insulin, which in turn rapidly removes sugar into fat cells. The rapid rise and fall of blood sugar provides the experience of hunger. That is why cereal, e.g. oat meal, in the morning produces intense hunger just a few hours later. Actually, oat meal is not quite as unhealthy as most cereals, because it also has some soluble fiber to feed gut flora. A protein and fat breakfast, e.g. bacon and eggs, does not produce rapid hunger, because it does not produce a large insulin rise and glucose fall.

Insulin Resistance is Better than Death by Glucose 
As fat cells accumulate glucose as a result of blood sugar transported into the cells in response to insulin, more and more of the glucose is converted into fructose and on to pyruvate. The pyruvate accumulates in mitochondria and ATP production is saturated. This is potentially lethal for the cells, because the conversion of pyruvate into ATP is accomplished by removing high energy electrons as the pyruvate is converted to carbon dioxide. The high energy electrons accumulate in the inner membranes of the mitochondria and if they are not systematically converted to low energy electrons and dumped onto oxygen to produce water, reactive oxygen species, ROS are produced and the result is inflammatory oxidative stress. Antioxidants would be needed to protect from major cellular and organ damage. The cells protect themselves by responding to the accumulation of high energy electrons on the mitochondria by shutting down the response to insulin and blocking further intracellular glucose accumulation. This is insulin resistance.

Carbs: Never too Low 
Dietary carbs, such as sugars and starches are not needed, because the liver can convert protein into glucose. Thus, diabetics, who have a hard time balancing their dietary intake of carbs with the insulin that they inject, can simplify the process by routinely eating less carbs spread through many meals and triggering some glucose production by the liver. Craving for carbohydrates/sweets can be dramatically reduced simply by eating fewer carbs and avoiding insulin production that can lead to more dramatic swings of blood sugars and hunger. Using this strategy, I am hungry less than once a week.

Healthfulness of Sweeteners 
 --from Most Healthy....
  • Stevia - is a diterpene glycoside (I previously made the silly error of listing it as a protein) (erythritol, another simple sugar alcohol is added to make the stevia granular) that is sweet, doesn't raise blood sugar, no insulin spike and no AGE 
  • Glucose - raises blood sugar, spikes insulin and produces AGE 
  • Xylitol - is a sugar alcohol that inhibits dental bacteria, doesn't raise blood sugar, no insulin spike or AGE 
  • Corn Syrup - raises blood sugar, spikes insulin, produces AGE, low sweetness  
  • Sucrose - raises blood sugar, spikes insulin and produces AGE, and liver damage 
  • Honey - is half fructose and half glucose, raises blood sugar, spikes insulin, produces high AGE and may damage liver  
  • Artificial Sweeteners, aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, etc. - don't raise blood sugar or produce AGE, but may have other risks, including hunger 
  • HFCS - is high fructose corn syrup, raises blood sugar and spikes insulin, produces very high AGE and causes liver damage 
  • Fructose - doesn't raise blood sugar or spike insulin, produces very high AGE and causes liver damage,  does not produce satiety and may encourage consumption of other sugars 
  • Agave Nectar - is mostly fructose, doesn't raise blood sugar or spike insulin, produces very high AGE and causes liver damage 
 ...to Least Healthy or Health Risk--

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

"--Least Healthy or Health Risk-- "

FYI, this header is misplaced.

Jana Miller said...

what about maple syrup?

Kevin said...

Twice you made the point that 'your liver can make all the blood sugar that you need from fats'. My understanding differs. The Krebs cycle requires a small input of sugar to keep spinning. Gluconeogenesis supplies the sugar via dietary protein or muscle but not fats. Fats don't convert to sugar. Am I wrong?

kevin

Alessandro said...

What you think about Jaminet'series on Low Carb Dieting dangers?

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/11/dangers-of-zero-carb-diets-ii-mucus-deficiency-and-gastrointestinal-cancers/

Your advices are fabulous: only thing that do not really convince me is your Low Starch Approach.

Thanks for sharing you science.

Alessandro

Dr. Art Ayers said...

Anon,
I was trying to rate the sweeteners from safest, stevia to most unhealthy/dangerous fructose/agave syrup.

I made some changes.

Thanks for the comment.

Dr. Art Ayers said...

Maple syrup is just sucrose with some tasty phytochemicals.

Dr. Art Ayers said...

Kevin,
I was sloppy and my first biochem was in plants. I will fix it.

Thanks for the helpful comments.

Anonymous said...

The "Insulin Resistance is Better than Death by Glucose" section was fascinating. With all of the low-carb books and blogs I've read, I can't believe I haven't seen this before. I definitely need to start reading your blog more.

Kevin mentioned posts about "your liver can make all the blood sugar that you need from fats." Could somebody please point me to these posts?

Anne said...

You said, "Stevia - is a protein that is sweet, doesn't raise blood sugar, no insulin spike and no AGE Glucose - raises blood sugar, spikes insulin and produces AGE"

Are you saying stevia does both?

Anonymous said...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10365981

The enzymatic pathway for converting dietary carbohydrate (CHO) into fat, or de novo lipogenesis (DNL), is present in humans, whereas the capacity to convert fats into CHO does not exist

Any comments?

-Jake

Anonymous said...

"The human body can only use simple sugars, e.g. glucose, fructose, sucrose, or starch"

converting protein to glucose would be a dirtier form of digestion as it would involve removal of nitrogen there after its dangerous fermentation by products need some comment from you.

Fat certainly but why risk the protein fermentation?

-jake

Nigel Kinbrum said...

"Carbohydrates are not needed in your diet, since your liver can make all the blood sugar that you need..."

True, but see How eating sugar & starch can lower your insulin needs.

Anonymous said...

http://www.ajcn.org/content/66/5/1264.full.pdf

protein generated insulin response disproportionately higher than its glycemic index. on par with refined bakery goods!!

any comments?

- Jake

majkinetor said...

The enzymatic pathway for converting dietary carbohydrate (CHO) into fat, or de novo lipogenesis (DNL), is present in humans, whereas the capacity to convert fats into CHO does not exist
Now its well known that fat provides glycerol to GNG and the more you are into ketogenic diet the more sugar substrates are provided by fat.

protein generated insulin response disproportionately higher than its glycemic index. on par with refined bakery goods!!
While that may be like that, since glucose levels after protein rich foods are at the lowest in the table 4, insulin can't make intracelular sugar concentration much higher (like it would with carb posprandial sugar surge), so this mostly means that more amino acids will enter the cell which is a good thing.

See also my comment on Whole Health Source:
http://goo.gl/B1Usc

Anonymous said...

majkinetor

glucose levels are at their lowest because protein induces a sympathetic nervous system response which is best avoided because besides a drop in glucose levels it comes with all the stress hormones like cortisol etc.

i dont think ketogenic diet is practical or natural or desirable.

Alberto said...

Does this mean that fruit, which contains fructose, is also inflammatory and should be avoided?

Fred Hahn said...

Oz is a hack. He could care less about people and their lives.

J said...

I'm so confused about all of this. I think I understand the theory (I've also been readings about the GAPS diet) but it's just that when I go really low carb I feel awful.

My blood sugar is fine but I have GERD, Hashimoto's and fructose malabsorption. I've been using Dextrose (Glucose) as a sweetener as it doesn't contain fructose but after reading this article it seems that might be a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

But what of cultures that ate very large amounts of starch in their diet such as the Okinawan with their sweet potato.

Also could you make another list for carbohydrates such as sweet potato, potato, rice, what etc for their effects on the body?

Thanks

Javeux said...

Hi,

Great blog. I've only been following for a couple of weeks, but I've read a lot of old posts and feel like I've learnt a lot. Keep up the good work!

I'd be interested in your take on Jaminet's ideas (as Alessandro mentioned) too. He says glucose is needed for fighting infections (particularly fungal), and a lack of it causes mucous deficiency, among other things. I wonder if the higher fasting blood glucose levels present in VLC dieters would be also a problem in cases of infection.

I'm not sure what your percentages/rough amounts would be actually. Would you recommend more or less than 50g carbs/day? Do you have any issues with ketosis?

Thanks for all the great posts!

Tom said...

"The fats in meat, butter, eggs and coconut oil are the healthy choices supported by the biomedical literature, and along with vegetables, form the foundation of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet."


Dr. Ayers - just a quick sycophantic "thank you" for your plain English summaries of these topics, it's easy reading and yours is rapidly becoming my go-to blog when I have a few minutes in which to learn something. Really appreciate it, please do keep going.

J - my understanding is that, whilst avoiding sugar (and all things destined to become "sugar") is the best policy with diet, if you ARE going to want to impart some sweetness in your food (and we have to enjoy life sometimes), it's probably best just to use a modest amount of pure glucose, rather than trying to cheat using fructose which ends up giving you a fatty liver, or artificial sweeteners which potentially have all sorts of drawbacks.

Use sugar, just don't use it much or often. If you have fructose malabsorption syndrome, even more reason to use dextrose over sucrose (table sugar).

I think the jury is out on stevia; it seems like a good option, but lack of data makes me wary about regular consumption. That said, I do use a blend of sucrose and stevia in small amounts to sweeten iced coffees (made with lots of heavy cream!)

Tom said...

A question actually, for Dr. Ayers or anyone else: although reducing inflammation is suggested to be a positive thing regarding cancer risk, those who are on long-term immunosuppressant therapy (i.e. for a kidney transplant) are susceptible to certain malignancies.

We seem to have established that it's relatively easy to be the wrong side of "anti-inflammation" and stray into immunosupression - will this not also make us more susceptible to cancers which would otherwise be nipped in the blood by our immune systems? Is this one of those "choose your mode of death" situations?!

Andrew said...

Why is xylitol less healthy than glucose?

majkinetor said...

i dont think ketogenic diet is practical or natural or desirable
How do you explain then that while you are fasting your body is in ketosis, and when you are under caloric restriction you achieve life extension and other benefits. All this happens under ketosis.

Anonymous said...

majkinetor

Calorie restriction is not ketosis necessarily and doesn't fast everyday.

smgj said...

Hi

This is an interesting article. I do however have some issues with the ranking list of sweeteners ... and more specific by sugar (sucrose) and honey. I'd like to see them swapped since sucrose is "just" fructose + glucose, but honey also usually has som beneficial stuff left...

Asim said...

Doesn't the body get rid of AGEs in the bloodstream rather rapidly?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14641068

The implication being, isn't really the issue that of tissue levels versus blood plasma levels...

Guy said...

Thanks for a great article!

It is very interesting to learn about Fructose reactivity - and lack thereof in sucrose, even if no current data shows HFCS to be any worse (but just as unhealthy as sucrose).

Although the conclusion seems similar, I am wondering if this description of the way the body uses the fructose is compatible with the article by Dr. Lustig here: http://podcast.uctv.tv/webdocuments/Fructose-Epidemic.pdf

Here is a quote: "Hepatic Fructose Metabolism and the MetS
The liver is the only organ possessing the Glut5 fructose transporter and is solely responsible for fructose metabolism (49)."
and
"49. Douard V, Ferraris RP 2008 Regulation of the fructose trans- porter Glut5 in health and disease. Am. J. Physiol. Endocrinol. Metab. 295:E227-E237."

majkinetor said...

The liver is the only organ possessing the Glut5 fructose transporter
This is clearly not true - for one, intestinal cells obviously do have it, spermatozoa have it etc...

See
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2652499/

2Anonymous:
Calorie restriction is not ketosis necessarily and doesn't fast everyday
Not necessarily - if you eat 1800 cal of carbs per day you will definitively be under CR and not in the ketosis :)
But fasting is necessarily and ketogenic and ketogenic diet is considered the best aproximation to fasting.

Anonymous said...

1.thats right
2. fasting is not necessarily ketogenic, high in fat yes possible but not ketogenic.

Marlene said...

Thank you, Art -- I had no idea that Agave was a highly processed substance -- I guess I thought it was just somehow squeezed from the cactus and poured into a handy bottle.

Your information about the impact of different types of sugars on liver function makes so much sense. You write about the chemistry in a way that even I can understand it. What I really take away, for me, is to eliminate all sugars!

AdamR said...

Art-

Any benefit to agave that is raw over the processed?

Thanks!

Bill said...

agave is HFCS's evil stepmother http://caloriesproper.com/?p=1167

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Adam said...

Is it possible to read once about this whole topic in the spot light of athletes ? I mean athletes, who daily train hard, long, compete, etc.
How does these mechanizms differ in the case of those? If it differs ata ll?
As for some high performance trainings/races seems impossible to be done without carbs. Also how about muscle stores refillments?

What type of carbs the millet is?

Excuse me my english, hope was not misunderstandable... thoughts related to these question would be highly appretiated, and huge thanx for the article itself, ironed a lot of questions already.

Adam

Anonymous said...

adam stay the heck away from all blogs on the lines of low carb if you're an athlete.

don't even think about all this. treat it as non existent.

-jake

Kevin Krautsack said...

Kevin,

You cannot produce krebs intermediates from lipids/fatty acids. You can however produce them from "fats". The glycerol component of triglycerides can be converted.

lumin smith said...

Chronic
Inflammation symptoms
may pose a serious warning. Swelling in any section of one's body is a natural defense of the system to combat foreign objects while at the same time ensuring that the region is restored to its normal form through certain repair mechanisms.

luminsmith said...

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Anonymous said...

Dr. Ayers,

Thanks especially for the part on
"Insulin resistance is better than death by glucose" So much I read about fats say they are no good for diabetics because they make us insulin resistant. I always could see how fats were a protection for the brain. Insulin resistance is really a protection. So the best we can do for our body and brain in general is go very low carb.

I do think some inflammation is the body healing itself, and the bacteria creating the inflammation/infections, are helping it heal.

http://complementaryoncology.com/reports/others/the-role-of-innate-immunity-in-spontaneous-regression-of-cancer/

I have been on a strict ketogenic diet for over 3 years, with the only sweetener, unprocessed green leaf stevia, on rare occasions.

Anonymous said...

Another question to the pool. Is there only one model of inflammation? To my poor understanding, acute bacterial or viral inflammation is different from the chronic, feverless and aging related inflammation. Acute one shows ESR, fever (interferon), swelling, reddening, and is the result of adaptive immunity at work. Meanwhile the chronic systemic inflammation is reflected in high levels of interleukins, TNF, higher blood acidity (which can be induced with all these starches and sugars), autoimmune reactions? We get old or get cancer from the second one, when the immune system is failing to clear them,such as after a prolonged inflammation.

Considering the fact that only ESR is measured to check for inflammation in standard medicine, what blood tests would you do to prove that the person is 'inflamed'? (and here it is more for the doctors, as the patient can feel it through the variety of symptoms).

Thanks for educating us, it is extremely important that this knowledge comes personally, in the ages of internet as a information wasteland.

Lucy
(a sjoggie who is less inflamed with fish oil and turmeric supplements, but I did not eliminate starchy carbs, as I am seriously underweight)

George Henderson said...

I've just discovered your blog and I intend to read every entry. You're not wrong, that's easy to see.

I wrote a couple of posts on fructose a while back; didn't even get into the AGE thing, but it's early days.
http://hopefulgeranium.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/what-does-hypercaloric-actually-mean.html
in the context of chronic viral hepatitis.
The advice I see here so far seems to totally match my own findings.
(HepatITIS, it's inflammation), and any critique of my Hep C hypothesis is welcome.

Judy said...

I have seen lectures and read much convincing evidence about endogenous production of AGEs from fructose... Particularly HFCS.... I feel that it is OK to have some whole fruit in the diet due to reduction of AGE by fiber and benefit of other nutrients.....
Have you looked into the subject of exogenous AGEs? I am concerned that people who get on a no carb kick may end up loosing out on many great sources of healthy nutrients and getting their AGEs from protein sources.... Here is one article from ADA website ( there are more) ..".Advanced Glycation End Products in Foods and a Practical Guide to Their Reduction in the Diet"
Comment?

Anonymous said...

Where would you place the chicory root based sweeteners SWERVE and Just LIke Sugar or Just Like Brown Sugar on your list? Thanks;)

shaheen Asif said...

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I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you book
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William S Bradford MD PA said...

Good info about agave. But your take on animal fats is way off: see "Fats and Cholesterol: out with the bad, in with the good," Harvard School of Public Health [ http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-full-story/index.html ].

Ricky Goodall said...

This is a great article, nice to see some science to back up claims.

I think that for the average person the "no-carb" approach is definitely a great route. I'm a Sports Nutrition Coach and the majority of my clients are MMA fighters (including myself), fitness competitors, elite athletes, etc and I think nutrient timing is much more effective and applicable then the no-carb rule. For extreme training (ie. 5 days a week 2 times a day) I think proper carbs post-workout with high fats and proteins pre-workout (with sufficient digestion time) will reduce insulin resistance while also melting fat and promoting recovery.

Just my two cents!

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J.A. Wildeman said...

Thanks for the great discussion of glucose vs fructose. I've had associates who have just treated me like an idiot because I prefer to use a mixture of stevia & regular sugar in my baking (in small amts) instead of switching over to the "much better agave." SO much documentation on the dangers of fructose...including agave!

Zafar Hayat Khan said...

Excellent article. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but wonder, why so many comments about sugar, particularly by women, concerned about fruit, agave, maple syrup? I'm a woman and I never experience sugar cravings, for fruit, chocolate or syrups...even sweet potatoes. I am genuinely puzzled as to why people crave sweets, part. women. And also, fruit is compose of fructose and glucose, which together make sucrose, which everyone knows is just plain table sugar...who would want to eat fruit? Protein, fat, vegetables, nuts, seeds and a tbsp of wild rice every now and then, are all I seem to need.

Dinocharge said...

How about erythritol?

Fabien Denry said...

How about Erythritol?
I buy Stevita, claimed to be "spoonable Stevia", here is the description from the container "stevia extract with at least 95% pure glycosides and erythritol, a crystal granulated naturally produced filler found in fruits, vegetables and grains".
Thank you!

Ven said...

The list from healthiest to least:


1-Stevia
2-Glucose
3-Xylitol


If Xylitol "inhibits dental bacteria, doesn't raise blood sugar, no insulin spike or AGE" but Glucose "raises blood sugar, spikes insulin and produces AGE"


shouldn't Xylitol be just under Stevia?

Anonymous said...

You must be off your nut. Everyone wants to eat fruit, that's who. Fruit is delicious and is full of healthful phytochemicals. It shouldn't be the primary feature in your diet, but a couple of fruits a day is healthy and fine. It's when we dump concentrates down our throat that these issues arise.

Anonymous said...

This article is absolutely riddled with mistakes.

Glucose is synthesised from protein via gluconeogenesis. It cannot be made from fat.

Stevia is ERYTHRITOL. It is a non-nutritive polyol that is excreted via urine. It contains zero protein.

Anonymous said...

Its a footer, not a header, thus wrapping the content block.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! After reading the article/information and all the comments, I'm even MORE confused then I was before. I have no idea what alternate sweetner is best to use. I guess Stevia? I am type II diabetic and over weight. Although I recent altered the way I eat and lost some weight. I was guilty of drinking and eating some sweet juice, such as that DAMN Trader Joe's Mango Juice, which is like fricking crack to me. I was addicted to the stuff. It's organic and made with organic sugar, but sugar nonetheless. I also like to have licorice, and sometimes I do eat sweet cereals with milk. I actually don't drink much milk, only with cereal sometimes. My stove/oven went out about 2 or 3 months ago, so I was having to microwave frozen food dinners, but I'm a lousy cook anyway, so nothing I make ever tastes good at all.

The Mango juice that was spiking my glucose levels way too high, so I had to give it up and have been drinking water ever since, but that gets boring. This juice was the only sweet stuff I was ingesting, with the exception of some cereal, milk, tortilla corn chips, Lay's baked chips, and some licorice sometimes. I don't eat a lot of sugary stuff very often and since giving up the Mango juice, which was a huge soruce of too much sugar, my glucose levels dropped. However, I have to use insulin and my levels kind of spike and then go lower, so they are not stablized just yet. I guess it will take a little time to correct my bad habits, lower and stablize my glucose levels.

I HATE having to take insulin and I'm going to do whatever I have to, to NOT be dependent on it. I was 300 pounds, but now I'm at 243. The thing is I don't know how to cook. Everything I make comes out really lousy. I am just not a very good cook. I have other related problems as a result of my obesity and diabetes, which is why I made changes. I want to know what I CAN eat and drink, rather then what I CAN'T eat and drink for the best results in helping me lose weight and getting my glucose levels down to normal. I know enough to cut out all the processed, sugary, and chemical stuff. So if anyone had any tips or helpful information that they can offer from personal experience, I would sincerely appreciate it. I'm new to this, so any help with controlling and stablizing my glucose levels would especially be appreciated.

Thank you

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dwayne said...

Its always interesting how a sweetener goes from healthy to - not so healthy. We were just using Agave, thinking that it is a better low glycemic alternative to honey or table sugar.

Joseph Rowe said...

I find this chemist's entry to be very eccentric and totally at odds with the findings of real experts on medical nutrition, such as Dr. Andrew Weil http://www.drweil.com/ on this site, you'll find refutations of most of the claims, especially the outrageous one about meat being anti-inflammatory!

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