By Don Penven
Sugar Is Not the Only Problem for Diabetics
When you look at the variety of products on the supermarket shelves, what motivates you most when selecting your purchases?
1. Is it a popular brand name?
2. Is it the clever packaging?
3. Is the price a deciding factor?
Your answer should be-None of The Above!
If you are diabetic or have been diagnosed with high blood sugar—that is, pre-diabetes—the first thing you need to look at are the CONTENTS of the package.
Food processors are required to tell you what, if any, nutritional value the package contains. They must list things like calories per serving, proteins, fat content (good fats and bad fats), vitamins and minerals (if any), and total sugar and other carbohydrates.
If your problem is high blood sugar (glucose), then sugar content of the prepared, packaged foods you buy should be among your major concerns.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
But if you have already started reading labels, you may have noticed something unusual—sugar may not listed as a content: instead you may find something called High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), which takes the place of sugar in many products. The transition began back in the early 1970s, and today it has nearly replaced sugar (sucrose) in most drinks and many packaged foods.
HFCS, as the name implies, is a different kind of sugar, and health experts have drummed up a lot of bad publicity against HFCS. Why? Well get a load of this…
* HFCS is derived from corn. Fructose is found in many fruits and some vegetables. Yes, it is a natural product like sugar cane. But Cocaine is a natural product too-it comes from coca trees.
* Not everything that grows naturally is good for you, so calling HFCS Natural is just marketing hype.
So why are manufacturers using it? Well, it is nearly twice as sweet as sugar, gram for gram, and it costs much less than sugar.
Check the labels on the bottles of soda and fruit juices you bring home. And you’ll also find it in snack foods, candy, cookies, breakfast cereals, etc.
So what’s the beef?
Scientists tell us we need sugar in the blood to provide energy to the body cells. But too much sugar is a problem. (National Institutes of Health)
How The Pancreas Works and What Causes Us to Begin Gaining Unhealthy Pounds
Insulin, which is made by the pancreas, converts sugar (sucrose) into glucose, and that is what our body cells need to create energy. But HFCS isn’t providing the right kind of sugar.
Fructose has a different molecular structure
Because of this—it interferes with the production of the Leptin. This hormone’s job is to tell the brain to hold up on the hunger pangs. But fructose fails to stimulate Leptin production, making us feel like eating more when we shouldn’t.
If this post has you thinking about your diet, much more valuable information is available. You need to make informed decisions about what sort of diet is best for you—what you should eat and what you should not eat—so for the sake of your own health, and that of your family, continue reading the other lessons posted on this blog.