Sugar Free – Oh Really!

Misinformation About Sugar

I keep seeing TV shows where someone spouts a load of rubbish about health, obesity, diabetes etc.

I despair at the lack of knowledge of the show hosts - they seem to accept the garbage that passes as fact without question.

There has been a plethora of programs like these of late, so I will use this UK show to illustrate the point:

The UK Sky Breakfast program has a section for reviewing the newspaper headlines and today it was hosted by Stephen Dixon, who happens to be a Type 1 Diabetic.

One of the reviewers was Yasmina Siadatan, winner of The Apprentice  (UK Version) in 2009.

I was initially delighted to learn she is opening a "Sugar Free" restaurant.  It sounds great - but she went on to say she was insisting on natural sweeteners such as Agave.

It is obviously only "refined white sugar-free".

It has been said that Agave syrup (nectar) is basically high-fructose corn syrup disguised as a health food.  In fact, it's worse than that as Agave nectar is up to 90% fructose, which has been falsely claimed to be a 'healthy sugar' for years.

All sugar — from table sugar to HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) contains a mixture of fructose and glucose. Refined table sugar is 50/50, HFCS is 55/45.  Agave contains almost double the fructose of these.

It's now known that the most dangerous part of sweeteners is Fructose. Although it's thought that it enters the bloodstream more slowly than Glucose, Fructose causes insulin resistance and significantly raises triglycerides (a risk factor for heart disease).

When faced with the overwhelming quantity of Fructose-heavy food commonly consumed, the liver has to deal with it by converting it to fat.  More importantly, it stores it as fat around the middle which in turn puts you at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Metabolic Syndrome (AKA pre-diabetes) .

Fructose has also been linked to non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease.

I am sorry Yasmina, but you are not helping the current health problems and Steven Dixon, as a Diabetic, should know enough about blood glucose to challenge this nonsense.

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