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Child diabetes blamed on food sweetener

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Child diabetes blamed on food sweetener

Postby daughternature » Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:15 pm

Lois Rogers
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 954603.ece

Scientists have proved for the first time that a cheap form of sugar used in thousands of food products and soft drinks can damage human metabolism and is fuelling the obesity crisis.

Fructose, a sweetener derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.

It has increasingly been used as a substitute for more expensive types of sugar in yoghurts, cakes, salad dressing and cereals. Even some fruit drinks that sound healthy contain fructose.

Experts believe that the sweetener — which is found naturally in small quantities in fruit — could be a factor in the emergence of diabetes among children. This week, a new report is expected to claim that about one in 10 children in England will be obese by 2015.

Previous studies of the potentially adverse impact of fructose have focused on rats, but the first experiment involving humans has now revealed serious health concerns.

Over 10 weeks, 16 volunteers on a strictly controlled diet, including high levels of fructose, produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other digestive organs. They also showed signs of food-processing abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease. Another group of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing fructose, did not have these problems.

People in both groups put on a similar amount of weight. However, researchers at the University of California who conducted the trial, said the levels of weight gain among the fructose consumers would be greater over the long term.

Fructose bypasses the digestive process that breaks down other forms of sugar. It arrives intact in the liver where it causes a variety of abnormal reactions, including the disruption of mechanisms that instruct the body whether to burn or store fat.

“This is the first evidence we have that fructose increases diabetes and heart disease independently from causing simple weight gain,” said Kimber Stanhope, a molecular biologist who led the study. “We didn’t see any of these changes in the people eating glucose.”

Natural fructose represents 5%-10% of the weight of any fruit. Its use in processed foods stems from a discovery in 1971 that synthesised a 55% fructose and 45% glucose syrup from maize, creating an ingredient cheaper and six times sweeter than cane sugar.

High-fructose corn syrup, or glucose-fructose syrup, is listed as an ingredient in many food and drink products in Britain, although it is virtually impossible for consumers to know the quantity and ratio of fructose used. Barry Popkin, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, and a US government adviser on health policy, said: “Historically, we never consumed much sugar. We’re not built to process it. ”

Rejecting the California research, a spokesman for the Food and Drink Federation, a UK industry trade group, said: “It makes no sense to highlight one single ingredient as a cause of obesity.”

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White crystals are devoid of nutrients

Postby daughternature » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:22 am

(NaturalNews) While sugarcane remains one of the world's leading crops, its refined version has become the subject of escalating scrutiny. The white crystals are devoid of nutrients and have a slew of negative effects on health, including diseases such as metabolic syndrome (Type II Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol), brain atrophy, substance addiction, cancer and fatty liver disease.


Brain atrophy
A recent study from the American Academy of Neurology argues that even within the upper levels of the normal range (approaching 110 mg/dL), blood sugar accounts for 6 to 10 percent of the brain shrinkage in the hippocampus and the amygdala. These two brain structures are part of the limbic system, also known as the emotional brain. They regulate autonomic and endocrine functions and affect associative learning, focus, memory, and fight or flight responses. Shrinkage in these areas leads to depression, mood swings, rage, aggression, Alzheimer's and other dementia and emotional diseases.


Insulin resistance
Over one-third of Americans are affected by insulin resistance, which is attributed to the excessive consumption of sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Such foods trigger the pancreas for a constant supply of insulin to reduce glucose levels in the bloodstream. The continuous flow of insulin in the body causes disruptions to the cells and results in insulin resistance. A recent study from the Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine found insulin resistance to be an underlying cause of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), a condition affecting 50 million Americans. MetS is a combination of health factors that includes high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterols, elevated blood pressure, and abdominal obesity.


Induces drug-like dependency
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information supports the mounting belief amongst health practitioners about the addictive nature of sugar, explaining that even sugar's intermittent use can lead to behavioral and neurochemical changes, which mimic the effects of substance abuse. Depending on the level of sugar dependency, addiction can manifest four components: bingeing, withdrawal, craving, and cross-sensitization with drugs of abuse such as amphetamine and cocaine. Sensitization to sugar also increases hyperactivity and the intakes of other substances from cross-sensitization.


Feeds malignant cells
The prominence of sugar in cancer cells prompted a new study in September 2013 from the University of Copenhagen, which found sugar molecules to be assisting in the growth of malignant cells by binding to them in a process called glycosylation.


Fatty liver disease
The liver is responsible for digesting the foods and drinks we consume, cleansing the blood, and storing enzymes and glycogen for later energy expenditures. While fruits and vegetables are rich in complex sugars and metabolize slowly, processed foods and sugary sweets inundate the liver with a heavy rush of glucose. The excess sugars are then stored as fat, gradually causing progressive problems starting with fatty liver (fat deposits), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (inflammation), and the more advanced stage non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (severe inflammation and scarring). In the absence of a diet change, disease will eventually progress to cirrhosis or liver cancer.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans consume 156 pounds of sugar each year. That figure is predicted to increase, as manufacturers entice our appetites with added sugar in their packaged foods and drinks that already account for over 80 percent of this sugar consumption.

"In the 21st century, a different kind of slavery is being fought. There are a billion overweight people on the planet, 300 million who are clinically obese. The Big Sugar diet is all they can afford, it enslaves them." To free them, Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at New York University, said: "Big Sugar must be prosecuted like Big Tobacco."

Sources for this article include:

http://consumer.healthday.com

http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/8725964.html

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health- ... topics/ms/

http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/20960553.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2235907/

http://news.ku.dk



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