Are you sitting down? If not you may want to before you read this.
Because what you’re about to learn might make you feel a little woozy. And I can practically guarantee it will make you angry.
For years now the sugar industry—the poster child for Big Business—has been conspiring to keep you in the dark about the health hazards of their products. And they’ve been doing it with the full blessings of the FDA.
Even worse, they’ve colluded with the food industry to dump fructose into cereals, baked goods, drinks, and other foods you and your family eat every day. All the while insisting it’s the same thing as the natural fructose found in fruits and vegetables.
Spoiler alert… it’s NOT.
In fact, I’ve been warning you about the blood-sugar-damaging dangers of this unattached fructose for YEARS now. And now a shocking new report is backing me up (AGAIN) in a big way.
Natural fructose doesn’t spike diabetes risk
Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto decided to get to the bottom of this fructose controversy. So they gathered the data from more than 150 studies and began to crunch the numbers.
What they uncovered has FINALLY caused the mainstream to sit up and take notice.
Naturally-occurring fructose—like the kind you find in your favorite fresh fruits—didn’t appear to change folk’s risk of developing diabetes as long as they ate reasonable amounts.
Surprised? Don’t be. The reason why is actually simple.
Added sugars come with added risks
Fresh fruits and vegetables don’t contain UNATTACHED fructose. Nature pairs the natural sugar with healthy fiber and other key nutrients that aren’t just good for you… they help keep your blood sugar in line.
They help slow the release of sugars into your body. And without wildly fluctuating sugars, your risk for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes plummets. And if you’re diabetic, the natural fructose in fruits and veggies is far less likely to cause dangerous blood sugar spikes.
But when the fructose is removed from its natural state and dumped into cereals, baked goods, soft drinks, and desserts all bets are off. According to the researchers, these highly refined and unattached added sugars then wreak havoc on blood sugar and insulin levels.
In fact, the effect is SO strong when you eat them it’s as if your body has ended a fast.
Research reveals refined sugar dangers
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen research revealing the dangers of free-wheeling and highly refined fructose.
For example, there was the Princeton study which showed that high fructose corn (HFCS) syrup triggers more weight gain than ordinary table sugar. Even worse, the rats in the study had abnormal increases in dangerous body fat.
And then there was the study that found we end up gobbling down bigger quantities of foods which have been spiked with unattached HFCS. Because without the accompanying fiber and other nutrients our bodies release less hunger-suppressing leptin, so we have to eat more to feel satisfied.
The SOURCE of fructose is key
Those and other studies like them should have been damning enough to force some major changes. But they only caused the industry to double down on their efforts to confuse folks about the dangers of their products.
You probably remember those silly commercials from a few years ago. They pushed high fructose corn syrup as “natural.” And comparing it to sugar, they insisted it is “fine in moderation.” And then there were the attempts to rename and rebrand high fructose corn syrup.
But the jig is up. The new meta-study makes it crystal clear the source of fructose DOES indeed matter. A lot. Especially when it comes to preventing and managing diabetes.
Don’t be fooled by clever packaging and aggressive marketing. The “natural” fructose found in highly processed foods is NOT the same as you find in nature. Leave those products on the shelf and select fresh and truly natural foods instead.
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