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    High fructose corn syrup converts to ethanol in the body, can you explain

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    Saw that hfcs converts to ethanol in the body and 30 percent directly goes to fat on the youtube video sugar the bitter truth, can someone go more into depth does that mean 30 percent of say a coke 16 oz goes directly to fat so if it is 400 calories 120 goes straight to fat and after say 30 of them you gain a lb. Am I on the right track? So is ketosis the only way to get off that fat pretty much?

    Also ethanol production? WHich is the same as beer?

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    That doesn't sound right at all...fructose can be fermented into ethanol by yeast and/or bacteria, but to the best of my knowledge, that isn't part of normal human fructose metabolism. Also, while the body will make fatty acids out of fructose, it doesn't mean that those will automatically be stored as body fat. Overconsumption of fructose is associated with fatty liver though...
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    In the presentation I link below, the speaker says at a certain point that the body essential turns fructose into fat. It was in Mark's presentation from the same series that I think addressed this issue. Fructose is naturally found in fruit, most of which mature around late summer and early fall. As a result, the body sees fructose and it is like "oh shit, winter is coming. Time to store some energy" so it dumps fructose into fat.

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    He compared fructose to ethanol - he didn't say that it converts to ethanol
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    We are witnessing the birth of a myth here ... fascinating. ;-)

    Avelin's right - in the lecture Dr. Lustig merely states that the way the liver metabolizes excess fructose is similar to how it metabolizes ethanol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avelin View Post
    He compared fructose to ethanol - he didn't say that it converts to ethanol
    Thanks for that. I read the thread subject and I said "what the fuck?" out loud in front of a whole lot of people. LOL.

    I thought I remembered that he said it is digested similarly, not converted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avelin View Post
    He compared fructose to ethanol - he didn't say that it converts to ethanol
    Thats what I got out of it. I also got out of it, and maybe thats the point of confusion, is that fructose uses many of the same metabolic pathways as ethanol does, and I believe converts into many of the same by-products along the way, hence many of the same kinds of damage are done. However, that is not to say it converts into ethanol. Its easier to think of ethanol or fructose as starting points that metabolize and convert into many of the same results.

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    Ok...that makes much more sense.
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