April 12, 2011

Sweet Poison -Part 2-

In America, because of the high price of cane sugar, manufacturers use fructose extracted from corn, which is better known industrially as HFCS(High Fructose Corn Syrup). The price of corn is cheaper due to it being subsidised by the government of America. Although HFCS is commonly called fructose, in reality it is a fusion of fructose and glucose in the approximate ratio of 50:50.

The excessive intake of HFCS in America is said to be the leading cause of obesity in the realm. According to the American Medical Association, HFCS contributes more to obesity than sucrose or normal cane sugar.

Obesity is among the effects of excessive intake of sugar. This phenomenon is much clearer in the United States, the country where the people enjoy carbonated drinks with high sugar content. According to research, in the 1970s, Americans take 9 teaspoons of sugar daily, which is elevated to 14 teaspoons by the '90s.
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Research is being carried out for the search of alternative sugars to reduce the intake of cane sugar by the people of the world. Curculin is an alternative sugar that is extracted from the Lumbah plant only found in Malaysia. The Lumbah tree is a herbal plant with fruits in bunches. The fruit of the Lumbah tree is white and is bland in taste. However, miraculously, after eating one of the fruits, the taste of everything else is altered drastically. This taste-modifying activity is also exhibited in miraculin. Curculin is a high intensity sweetener with a reported relative sweetness of 430-2070 times sweeter than sucrose on a weight basis.

Sugar is amongst the essentials of life. However, the sweetness of sugar, in excess, may turn into poison. Diabetes is a silent killer, ever waiting in the shadows, and has taken many lives to its name.

Please, reduce your sugar intake. Moderation is the answer.

13 comments:

  1. I was wondering when you were going to post your Part 2 of this series. I couldn't agree with you more, America is too relent on sugar and sugar cane products for every day consumption.

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  2. I think you are confusing processed sugars with their naturally occurring counterparts. I have never seen somebody get obese from eating strawberries and apples.

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  3. Friend, strawberries and apples do not contain a lot of sugar. In fact, most fruits only contain fructose, which has the lowest glycemic index of all natural sugars and is safe for diabetics(in moderation).

    Furthermore, 'processed sugar' is nothing more than refined natural sugar, i.e. sucrose from sugar cane and sugar beets.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose

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  4. i think nowadays everything can lead to addiction

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  5. very informative, thanks for sharing

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  6. I'm a sweet tooth myself, can't help it :/

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  7. As long as you don't eat too much you shouldn't have to worry about diabetes.

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  8. I try to eat less sugar but I swear its in every damn food product

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  9. @John you can get diabetes genetically. So, no that's not true.

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  10. I've been cutting out all sugar of any kind from my diet for quite some time now. It is amazing how many things have HFCS in them... bread being the number one mf when I go to the store.

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  11. I see where your coming from, but people are not obese because high fructose corn syrup, its because people have little self control and don't exercise. You can't blame the food.

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  12. Cheap, addicting sugar? Great business

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  13. wow couldn't believe 14 spoons of sugar being the standard, seems crazy

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