What Is Fructose?  Are All Calories Created Equal?

"Real food, containing endogenous micronutrients, prevents metabolic syndrome. Processed food causes metabolic syndrome.”  Dr. Robert Lustig

In this page we'll go over two important questions.  "What is fructose?" and "Are all calories created equal?"

We'll begin with the second question.  A major myth is that all calories are the same.  Acceptance of this flawed idea is a contributor to obesity, chronic health issues, and metabolic dysfunction.

There are at least eight major health challenges associated with this myth.  The costs of care and treatment represents about 75% of the national healthcare expenditures.  I've listed them just below.

* Heart disease

* Hypertension

* Type 2 diabetes

* Lipid problems

* Dementia

* Cancer

* Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

* Polycystic ovarian syndrome

What Is Fructose?

Dr. Robert Lustig answers the question "What is fructose?" by stating fructose is "isocaloric, but not isometabolic."   This means the same amount of calories from fructose, glucose, or protein produce very different metabolic reactions.

Glucose is produced naturally by our body and is used in every cell.  Most of it is converted into energy to be used immediately, with the remainder stored in the liver until needed.  Glucose also plays a factor in the production of leptin which is crucial to overall health. 

Fructose, on the other hand is not produced by our body and is only absorbed by the liver.  It not only doesn't help stimulate insulin or leptin production, it can actually block the vital brain signal that transmits the "full feeling."

There are two sources of fructose.  Certain fruits and vegetables are natural sources.  Some high fructose foods are included in the following list.

* Apples

* Bananas

* Figs

* Pears

* Asparagus

* Potatoes

* Green beans

Natural fructose found in fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber which fills us up faster and is absorbed in a safer manner by our body.

And then there is the commercial brand favored by food manufacturers because it is much sweeter and much cheaper than pure sugar.  That would be synthetic fructose such as high fructose corn syrup.

When answering the question "What is fructose" we must understand this important distinction.  Commercial fructose that is packed into processed food, soda, and "fruit drinks" and even more unhealthy, "energy drinks" are major contributors to those eight conditions featured at the beginning of this page.

Synthetic Fructose Dangers

In our page about leptin resistance we detailed the dangers associated with insulin overload.  This problem is exacerbated with increased consumption of commercial fructose, so prevalent in "Western diets."

This takes us right back to the question about calorie counting.  The concept of counting calories has little impact on weight loss unless we consider what type of calories we're counting.  Calories from excess synthetic fructose actually convert to unhealthy fat.

So many of the products marketing themselves as "healthy choices" are in reality, adding to the chronic diseases associated with obesity.  What is fructose?  If it is the commercial type, the answer is that it is actually a health risk.  It is counter-productive in terms of improving overall health through weight loss.  And as we wrote at the beginning of this page, it is actually damaging our bodies integrated systems.

What is fructose?  The answer depends on the type of fructose.  In it's natural state, it is safe.  As with most things related to food, the intervention of lab experiments designed to increase corporate profits increases the danger level.  In this link you will find much more information on this subject.

Our body operates much better on energy sources other than fructose.  Please check out the highlighted pages about high fructose corn syrup, leptin resistance and most important, the section about the Mediterranean diet.  You can solve so many health issues, while eliminating the tedious task of counting calories with this simple change.

Commercial fructose is an unnecessary health risk that is easily avoidable by sticking to natural, whole foods.  Natural is always better than lab-altered.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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