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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fructose is bad, mmmkay?

Didn't I already write this down? Oh yeah, I sorta did (Research that has just very recently been published in the journal Cancer Research shows that cancer cells can spread faster if they are fed fructose), so I guess this is a follow-up.

I hate drinking plain water.  But I need to drink more of it.  If you take any prescription medications, herbal treatments, etc. then you REALLY need to be sure to get enough water. I really would not care to have kidney problems so it's REALLY a must.  Drinking liquids like tea just doesn't suffice because -guess what, there's a lot of caffeine in there which is a diretic!  Strips water OUT of your body!  Sooooo counter-productive.  ARGH.  So, I had to keep seeking. 

I was enjoying these Fuze fruit infused/flavored water drinks but they are sweetened with Fructose, which is just not a good idea! :( Granted, it's probably better than a lot of the other not-natural sugar substitutes.... but I'd rather avoid a daily intake of something I've recently heard horrible research about.... The good doc Mercola agreed about this finding, as well: his recent article states that "fructose in any form -- including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose -- is the worst of the worst!"  Crystalline Fructose was in my tasty green tea and waters. ;(

So in my quest to find the right daily beverage for me, NOT containing HFCS or Fructose or any artificial sweeteners, I landed on Sobe Green Tea.  Their Life Waters are also perfectly acceptable, as are Vitamin Waters, but I'm hoping to get the benefits of the green tea too while I'm at it. ;) I drink all 3, though this is my fav...

Some people won't be able to go for these due to sugar but I mean even 1 a day is just 25g of sugar.  A day.   Not so bad...

But again I say to you (hehe),  If you must drink artificially sweetened beverage products

- Avoid Aspertame (Diketopiperazine (DKP) is a byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors.)
- Equal and NutraSweet contain Phenylalanine (50 percent of aspartame)
- Saccharin causes bladder cancer.
- I'm leery of Splenda because the research is not well tested. Chlorine by-products may remain in your body.

You can feel good about products made with Stevia / Truvia / PureVia! :) Gee, they ought to start giving me kickbacks for this, or something.  Nah.... really, just finding a tasty AND safe beverage is rewarding enough for me.  It's so rewarding that I felt compelled to share, in case anyone else might find this information to be enlightening, as well.


Mermaiden says:
at: November 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM said...

Another great alternative is Vita Coco Water, per Noble! I'm going to hunt for those and try some.

Mermaiden says:
at: November 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM said...

$2.36 per 11 oz Vita Coco, shipped...
They come in plain or flavored.

Hope it's cheaper locally. Yeah right.... lol.

Twice the price for half the size, but wow, what a beverage.

Vita Coco Coconut Water has more than 15 times the electrolytes found in sports drinks. Who knew that green coconuts have all the nutrition and healthful benefits. Even pregnant women can drink Vita Coco water because it is pasteurized. Many doctors suggest that pregnant women drink coconut water regularly, since it has so many nutritional benefits. Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid, what the body uses to make monolaurin, a disease-fighting fatty acid derivative. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that protect the body against various infections and boost the immune system.

Yarn Crazy Girl says:
at: November 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM said...

Fructose is sugar that is made by fruit. Pretty much no one can argue that fruit is bad for you, if taken in moderation. Re the cancer cells growing... fructose is a fuel that all cells use to power themselves, it's not surprising that they would grow given fructose, protein, sugar, etc. Here's what wikipedia has to say about fructose: Studies that have compared high-fructose corn syrup (an ingredient in nearly all soft drinks sold in the US) to sucrose (common table sugar) find that most measured physiological effects are equivalent. For instance, Melanson et al. (2006), studied the effects of HFCS and sucrose sweetened drinks on blood glucose, insulin, leptin, and ghrelin levels. They found no significant differences in any of these parameters.[50] This is not surprising, since sucrose is a disaccharide that digests to 50% fructose and 50% glucose, whereas the high-fructose corn syrup most commonly used on soft drinks is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. The difference between the two lies in the fact that HFCS contains little sucrose, the fructose and glucose being independent moieties.

Fructose has the lowest Glycaemic Index (G.I. = 19) of all the natural sugars and may be used in moderation by Diabetics. It is recommended that a maximum intake of 25g - 40g per day is adopted, provided that this is counted towards the daily calorie count. In comparison, ordinary table sugar (Sucrose) has a GI of 65 and Honey has a GI of 55. Fruit Sugar has the advantage for Diabetics that, being nearly twice as sweet as ordinary sugar if not heat-processed, the daily allowance can be stretched by using less for most applications. Many artificial sweeteners are not suitable for home-baking, but, with a little adjustment, many traditional recipes can be prepared using fructose.[64]

Mermaiden says:
at: November 5, 2010 at 1:55 PM said...

A) I should have gotten my thought together first: what I'm beefing over is Crystalline Fructose, which is actually different than just Fructose.

B) I pretty much think everything in moderation is not as bad as when they crap 20 millon x of it down a lab rat LOL. but still. :/ I cram enough other bad junk in every day, why risk one more when I can drink something else safer consistently? I still have some work to do here on what is the better alternative since I refuse to just drink water. :/ Quality of life, yanoo?