9 Reasons To Avoid Sugar As If Your Life Depended On It (Because, well, it does!) – Popsci.com

9 Reasons To Avoid Sugar As If Your Life Depended On It (Because, well, it does!) – Popsci.com

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By Kris Gunnars/ Authority Nutrition

1. Added Sugar Supplies a Large Amount of Fructose

The reason added sugar (and its evil twin… High Fructose Corn Syrup) is bad for you, is that it supplies a very large amount of fructose.

Sugar (and HFCS) are half glucose, half fructose. Glucose is essential and can be metabolized by pretty much every cell in the body. If we don’t get it from the diet, our bodies make it from proteins and fat.

Fructose, however, is not essential to our functioning in any way.

The only organ that can metabolize fructose is the liver, because only the liver has a transporter for it (1).

When large amounts of fructose enter the liver and it is already full of glycogen, most of the fructose gets turned into fat (2).

This process is probably one of the leading causes of the epidemics of many chronic, Western diseases.

I’d like to point out that this does NOT apply to fruit, which are a real food with vitamins, minerals, fiber, lots of water and are very difficult to overeat on.

Bottom Line: The only organ that can metabolize fructose is the liver. When we eat a lot of fructose, many things in the body start to go wrong.

That’s only reason #1, click the link below to read the rest of the 9 reasons to avoid sugar. This is really important stuff…

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