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Items in your pantry – ?Ketchup?

One of the differences in ketchup is the sugar. We’ve been told by health experts for years to limit our intake of added sugars. Why❓

1️⃣Table sugar (sucrose) is a 50/50 mix of glucose and fructose.
2️⃣HFCS is advertised as 45/55 mix of glucose and fructose. Even though USC found samples containing 65% fructose (1)
*for this post we are not talking about the naturally occurring fructose found in fruit.

1️⃣ “Fructose is metabolized in the liver. The liver can turn the fructose into glycogen (stored carbs), but it has limited storage capacity. While smaller amounts of fructose from fruit can be fine, large doses from soda or sweets can overload the liver and be converted to fat. In the long term, this fat accumulation can lead to serious health problems, such as fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes”(2)

On the other hand, “glucose is easily transported and utilized by every cell in your body. It’s also the predominant fuel source for high-intensity exercise and various processes. In contrast, the fructose from HFCS or table sugar needs to be converted to fat or glycogen (stored carbs) by the liver before it can be used as fuel.”(2)

Additional info on HFCS:
1️⃣highly processed – gmo corn kernels are soaked to extract corn starch and then they add enzymes, refining the naturally occurring glucose into a syrup that contains higher levels of fructose (3)
2️⃣small amounts found to be contaminated with detectable amounts of mercury (4)
3️⃣Why is HFCS even used in food? The main reasons are that it is cheap, easy to transport/store, and is stable in acidic and liquid foods. This makes it desirable for some companies in the food industry.
???There are many diseases that a high fructose diet has been linked to (these are not to fear you, they are simply studies you can read if you want more knowledge on how it contributes)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (5)
Leaky gut (5)
Type 2 diabetes (6)
Cancer (7)
Inflammatory diseases (8)
Heart disease (9)
Obesity (10)
High blood pressure (11)
Increased cholesterol (12)

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