Is Sugar the New Health Food Craze? Don’t Believe the Hype

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By Julie Upton, RD

I caught a disturbing article in The New York Times this week about how meals entrepreneurs are selling desk sugar as a “natural,” “healthier” ingredient in comparison with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This comes on the heels of these commercials you’ve got in all probability seen, sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association, claiming that HFCS truly is not any worse for you that common sugar. Who’s a lady with a candy tooth to consider?

Here’s the reality: HFCS isn’t a lot completely different metabolically than desk sugar. Table sugar (sucrose) is comprised of 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Fructose, as in comparison with glucose, is digested in another way as a result of glucose is absorbed within the higher gut into the bloodstream, whereas fructose is metabolized within the liver first, after which will get into the bloodstream. While fructose is assumed to cut back the blood sugar response after consuming it, there may be proof that it could promote fatty liver, which ends up in a complete host of metabolic points.

The sort of high-fructose corn syrup used within the US meals provide is referred HFCS55 (55% fructose; 45% sucrose). Metabolically, the distinction of 5% fructose from desk sugar to HFCS can’t be the offender in our nation’s increasing waistline.

Recent research have prompt that HFCS now represents greater than 40% of the sweetener market and is the number-one sweetener utilized in comfortable drinks. A really conservative estimate is that we devour, on common, 145 kilos of sweeteners per 12 months—or about 130 energy simply from HFCS every day!

The essential challenge is that HFCS55 is the first sugar added to most comfort meals, soda, and sweet. So, it’s not stunning when surveillance research present that Americans with larger HFCS consumption are fatter than these with the least. Duh: If you weight loss program is wealthy in meals wealthy in HFCS, likelihood is you’re going to have some pudge.

Table sugar, as a result of being dearer, has fallen out of favor as an ingredient in processed meals, however because it’s grow to be the brand new “health” sweetener, you may count on to see extra processed meals and area of interest sodas which might be “naturally sweetened with sugar.” How novel.

Do I have to let you know the place that is going? Probably not. We eat WAY an excessive amount of of all sweeteners—sugar, honey, HFCS, fructose, dextrose, maltodextrin—and so they all present 4 energy per gram with out optimistic vitamins to our weight loss program, so all sugars must be restricted to not more than 10% of whole energy, because the World Health Organization recommends.

That’s reducing our day by day sweetener consumption in half or extra: For most ladies, that’s not more than 200 energy of sweeteners per day! On diet labels, that interprets to roughly 50 grams of sugar. Generally if a meals has 10 or extra grams of sugar, it is too wealthy for a standard day by day weight loss program and you need to account for it elsewhere.

So learn your meals labels, and be careful for all forms of sugars. Don’t be fooled by sugar-coated trade claims.

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