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  • Fructose vs Glucose Study

    The argument that fructose is better than glucose may be yet another mare's nest for those who have issues with sugars, which is clearly a growing part of the population. Dr. Briffa's article is worth reading.

    Fructose found to be more harmful than glucose | Dr Briffa's Blog - A Good Look at Good Health
    WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

    I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

    “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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    Thanks for the reference.
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    • #3
      It is a good article, but I think it needs to be made clear that the frustose he is speaking of is processed, as in HFCS. Some might get the idea that the fructocse in fruit is just as bad as HFCS. Overeating fruit can be a bad thing; I agree with the idea of eating in season and sticking more with the less sweet variety is a better approach and avoiding ALL HFCS! completly!
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      • #4
        Watch the video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth"... It shows that fructose is actually worse than glucose. I'd still avoid all refined sugars, but sucrose and HFCS are the true evil ones. Artificial sweeteners and "low calorie" sweeteners... I don't even consider them food, but edible poison.
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        • #5
          Edit: wrong thread!

          Yes, exactly. I think most diabetics should know this by now, its not that new, and it's not just HFCS (which is not a magically different chemical, it's just concentrated fructose) it is FRUIT.
          Last edited by loafingcactus; 06-30-2011, 04:59 AM.
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          • #6
            I didn't realize anyone believes fructose is "better" than glucose. Sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hunt3R View Post
              I didn't realize anyone believes fructose is "better" than glucose. Sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from.
              Your 2nd statement almost makes the first statement null. IMO, glucose is much better than fructose because my body can utilize it right away for any energy demands that I might have. Fructose has to be converted before it can be used. In that way, glucose is "better" than fructose. Sugar is sugar can be misleading for those that don't have the knowledge yet.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by IcarianVX View Post
                Your 2nd statement almost makes the first statement null. IMO, glucose is much better than fructose because my body can utilize it right away for any energy demands that I might have. Fructose has to be converted before it can be used. In that way, glucose is "better" than fructose. Sugar is sugar can be misleading for those that don't have the knowledge yet.
                I definitely agree with you, our bodies have a very good system for utilizing and disposing of glucose in relatively small amounts, but the OP said it the other way around. And moreso, I'd rather get my glucose from starches or gluconeogenesis of protein, sugar is sugar. No matter where it comes from, it's going to have some concentration of fructose.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hunt3R View Post
                  I didn't realize anyone believes fructose is "better" than glucose. Sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from.
                  Lots of health food groups promote fructose as good since it is fruit sugar.
                  WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

                  I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

                  “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Littlesigh View Post
                    It is a good article, but I think it needs to be made clear that the frustose he is speaking of is processed, as in HFCS. Some might get the idea that the fructocse in fruit is just as bad as HFCS. Overeating fruit can be a bad thing; I agree with the idea of eating in season and sticking more with the less sweet variety is a better approach and avoiding ALL HFCS! completly!
                    Biochemically, it's all the same.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by js290 View Post
                      Biochemically, it's all the same.
                      Exactly. Nothing magic about HFCS. What is true of fructose is true of fructose.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hunt3R View Post
                        And moreso, I'd rather get my glucose from starches or gluconeogenesis of protein, sugar is sugar. No matter where it comes from, it's going to have some concentration of fructose.
                        You did it again. When you say "sugar is sugar," it appears that you're saying glucose is the same as fructose. It's not. They are metabolized entirely differently. (And not all sources of sugar contain appreciable amounts of fructose. I believe that rice syrup, for example, is pretty much pure glucose.)

                        Moreover, even when it comes to fructose, not all sources of fructose are created equal. While purified fructose does all kinds of bad things — increasing triglycerides, depleting serum vitamin E, increasing sensitivity to oxidation, promoting inflammation — raw honey apparently does not, even though it contains plenty of fructose.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by loafingcactus View Post
                          Edit: wrong thread!

                          Yes, exactly. I think most diabetics should know this by now, its not that new, and it's not just HFCS (which is not a magically different chemical, it's just concentrated fructose) it is FRUIT.
                          Fructose is not "FRUIT", it is but one chemical which together with lots of beneficial nutrients make up fruit. Big difference.
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