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originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
a reply to: butcherguy
Are you talking about HFCS?
While the sugar is the same, albeit in a slightly different ratio, HFCS lacks all the other nutrients found in fruit. In addition, foods to which HFCS has been added are typically dense in calories and less dense in essential nutrients. This combination, high in calories, low in nutrients often leads to greater calorie consumption and to weight gain.
When fructose is joined to glucose, it makes sucrose. Sucrose is abundant in sugar cane, sugar beets, corn, and other plants. When extracted and refined, sucrose makes table sugar. In the 1800s and early 1900s, the average American took in about 15 grams of fructose (about half an ounce), mostly from eating fruits and vegetables. Today we average 55 grams per day (73 grams for adolescents). The increase in fructose intake is worrisome, says Lustig, because it suspiciously parallels increases in obesity, diabetes, and a new condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease that now affects up to one-third of Americans.
Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver and can’t be used for energy by your body’s cells. It’s therefore not only completely useless for the body, but is also a toxin in high enough amount because the job of the liver is to get rid of it, mainly by transforming it into fat and sending that fat to our fat cells.