Let’s review some simple well known facts:
- Glucose is a primary source of energy for the body and brain. It is a simple monosaccharide and also known as dextrose referring to D-glucose.
- Fructose is the primary sugar in fruit and is a simple monosaccharide.
- Sucrose, also known as “table sugar” or “white sugar”, is a disaccharide derived from glucose and fructose.
- HFCS or High-Fructose Corn Syrup refers to a family of mixtures of varying amounts of fructose and glucose with an emphasis on fructose.
So, is sugar just sugar? Are all sugars created equally?
Today, the health industry is putting HFCS in the same category as Bin Laden, Hitler, and Satan.
Yes, HFCS is bad for you in large quantities, but it’s not the ONLY reason why we have an obesity problem or other health related issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
This research study is pinpointing (laser targeting?) how cancer cells thrives on fructose over glucose. The study is obviously targeting the anti-HFCS crowd, but fails to realize that fructose the primary sweetener in fruit!
A while back, I was hailing chocolate milk as my post recovery workout drink, only to discover some companies use HFCS as their chocolate sweetener!
The moral of the story is simply make smart decisions on your food selection and limit the amount of sugars you consume, whether is glucose, fructose, dextrose, sucrose, and heaven forbid, high fructose corn syrup!
While you are at it, review your trans fat and MSG intake from hidden labels, too!
Here is that article.
Aug 2 (Reuters) – Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.
Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found.
They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types.
"These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation," Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote.
"They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth."
Americans take in large amounts of fructose, mainly in high fructose corn syrup, a mix of fructose and glucose that is used in soft drinks, bread and a range of other foods.
Politicians, regulators, health experts and the industry have debated whether high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients have been helping make Americans fatter and less healthy.
Too much sugar of any kind not only adds pounds, but is also a key culprit in diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
Several states, including New York and California, have weighed a tax on sweetened soft drinks to defray the cost of treating obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods have strongly, and successfully, opposed efforts to tax soda.
The industry has also argued that sugar is sugar.
Heaney said his team found otherwise. They grew pancreatic cancer cells in lab dishes and fed them both glucose and fructose.
Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate. "Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different," Heaney’s team wrote.
"I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets," Heaney said in a statement.
Now the team hopes to develop a drug that might stop tumor cells from making use of fructose.
U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup went up 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990, researchers reported in 2004 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Something to realize though: If I put a cup of strawberries in one of protein shakes, I’ll ingest about 10g of sugar and it’s a slow digesting sugar.
If I drink a can of coke (god forbid) it’s about 40g of BAD sugar.
Point is – Americans aren’t fat because we binge on fruit, it’s the crap foods. It’s kind of hard to eat so much fruit that you’re ingesting as much sugar as a basic pastry, soda, etc.
James Adrian MD says
Way to go. Track people are right there with the latest scientific data.