The truth about sugary drinks, don't be fooled by micro sugar

According to a study published in Circulation, soda and other sugary drinks may cause 184,000 deaths worldwide in a year.

Most sugary drinks use cheap synthetic high fructose syrup, which causes fatty liver, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, gout, dementia, cancer, and an increased incidence of heart disease in children and adolescents, causing global concern that reducing sugar is as important as reducing oil.

The test found that even the micro-sugar plum green tea contains sugar equivalent to 10 cubes of sugar; the full-sugar plum green tea is even up to 17 cubes of sugar. In addition to sugar, there is also a large amount of ice in the shaker, which is also problematic and can cause concentration problems and metabolic dysfunctions. It's best if you quit sugary drinks.

Studies have long proven that excessive sugar intake can cause obesity, caries and other problems, but more recent studies have pointed out that high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, which is currently used in a large number of beverages and foods, is made from corn starch and can cause more health hazards when consumed in excess, such as elevated triglycerides, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, dementia and even cancer.

In fact, this controversial high fructose syrup, has long been widely added to the world's beverage products, you and I may be eating into the stomach every day.

Why Good Sugar Becomes Bad Sugar

Surprisingly, isn't fructose good sugar? Indeed, it was once advertised as a "good sugar", but now it has been scientifically disproven, but unfortunately most people don't know that.  

Fructose is found in fruits, sucrose (sugar) and honey, and is a simple sugar that can be easily absorbed by the body. It has the advantage of being highly sweet (1.6 times sweeter than sucrose), and compared to glucose, which stimulates insulin to raise blood sugar, fructose is not metabolized by the pancreas and therefore has less effect on blood sugar.

In the 1970s, Dr. Takasaki (Y. Takasaki), a Japanese scientist, used genetically modified corn to mass produce high fructose syrup (high fructose ratio, about 55-90%), which coincided with the high price of cane sugar, the U.S. government vigorously assisted the development of the corn industry, low-cost and no need to dissolve high fructose syrup, gradually replaced the more expensive cane sugar.

High fructose syrup has a refreshing taste and does not leave a residual sweetness, and can moisturize, add color, preserve, maintain the sweetness and quality of food, and extend the selling time. High fructose syrup in liquid form is convenient for transportation and use, so it is used in a variety of food processing, such as beverages, juices, sauces, salads, biscuits, candies, etc.

Even good things can be risky when consumed in excess. The harmful effects of fructose on the body have been gradually discovered in the last decade.

Unlike other sugars, the metabolic pathway of fructose is directly stored in the liver as fat, which then triggers a series of biochemical reactions, such as elevated triglycerides and increased insulin resistance. 

The body likes complex sugars, and the composition of sugar in food is very complex and needs to be slowly cut up by the body's enzymes like scissors and then absorbed and used by the body. High fructose syrup does not need to be shredded and is used directly to accumulate fat, causing harm. 

The damage caused by fructose to the liver is obvious. A Duke University study found that fructose causes liver cell damage because the liver processes fructose like alcohol, increasing the incidence of NAFLD.

Big belly, fatty liver, sugar caused by the disaster

There are more and more studies found that excessive fructose intake not only causes obesity, but also causes elevated blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.

For example, high fructose syrup will not stimulate insulin and leptin production, can not produce a sense of satiety, it is easy to take more calories; in addition, leptin and weight control. The study found that.

  • The study found that people who drank one to two sugary drinks a day were 26% more likely to develop diabetes, 20% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, and 85% more likely to develop hyperuricemia than those who drank less than once a month.

  • Adults who drink beverages containing high fructose syrup are more likely to have increased triglycerides than those containing fructose and sucrose.

  • Daily consumption of drinks containing high fructose syrup in young people can cause a rise in blood pressure.

  • Sugary drinks can increase abdominal fat and bad cholesterol (LDL).

  • High fructose syrup promotes the differentiation of pancreatic cancer cells, and cancer patients are advised to reduce the use of refined fructose.

  • Animal studies have found that the consumption of high fructose syrup beverages is associated with a significantly higher risk of weight and cardiovascular disease than the equivalent intake of sucrose.

So, is it better to stop using high fructose syrup? I'm afraid the answer is not that simple.

Some studies have found that whether it is natural (fruit, sucrose, sugar, honey) or artificial high fructose syrup, fructose enters the body in a similar metabolic pathway and excessive use can have an impact on the body.

All fructose will cause elevated triglycerides, even if the fruit is eaten in excess is not good, often people eat fruit as a main meal, but fructose is not good for fat metabolism, will increase blood lipids and bad cholesterol, it is recommended that "more vegetables" "less fruit", two servings of fruit a day is enough.

Despite the controversy over sugar, experts and scholars at home and abroad agree that excessive use of fructose is dangerous, but how much is too much is still inconclusive. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the daily intake of added sugar should not exceed 10% of total calories.

And especially to reduce the intake of sugary drinks. The high fructose syrup contained in beverages is the most easily absorbed sugar in the body and can cause people to unknowingly eat too much sugar.

Ice in sugary drinks is also a problem

The love of iced drinks can cause a "popsicle body", which can lead to various complications such as asthma, allergies or epilepsy, as well as a lack of concentration.

The ice lolly body refers to the section from the stomach to the duodenum that is "blocked" by excessive consumption of ice drinks, resulting in low body temperature and poor circulation and metabolism, resulting in metabolic malfunction and brain blockage.

Normal human body temperature is maintained at 36 to 37 degrees Celsius, if you drink 0 to 4 degrees Celsius ice drink, the esophagus and digestive tract quickly cooled, then need to concentrate the energy of other parts of the body to enhance the temperature of this area.

If you drink ice drinks regularly, the esophagus and trachea can't afford the sudden changes in temperature again and again, "like steel, the muscles will soon lose their elasticity," so it is easy to cause organ function degeneration.

The ice drink will also block the function of the spleen and stomach, unable to transport digestive water, resulting in a large increase in lymphatic fluid near the gastrointestinal tract and become sticky, just like the rolling magma under the ground before a volcanic eruption, which can easily cause various inflammatory symptoms.

Artificial additives are bad

Want to choose low-calorie or sugar-free drinks instead? Drinking these drinks every day can be risky.

Low-calorie or sugar-free beverages are often made with artificial sugar substitutes, which are currently allowed to be added to beverages as a safe form of sugar.

But research in the UK has found that zero-calorie drinks may make you fatter the more you drink them. This is because artificial sweeteners stimulate the glucose sensor in the intestine, activating the sensor cells and allowing the intestine to absorb more sugar.

American studies have also pointed out that people who drink low-calorie carbonated beverages every day have a 50 to 60 percent higher chance of having a stroke, "Low-calorie is not a substitute for sugary drinks," the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine urges.

Even calorie-free, sugar-free drinks cannot be consumed without restriction. Instead of looking for a substitute drink that you can drink every day, it's safer to just reduce the frequency of your drinks.

Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners have long been controversial, with reports of damage to liver and kidney function in the past. It is important to maintain a cautious and skeptical attitude.

It is important to distinguish whether sugar is needed by the body or to satisfy the appetite?

There is little need for added sugars in human life, as sweetness can be found in natural foods such as grains, vegetables, dairy and fruits, which are converted into glucose in the body to supply energy.

And, by using the natural sweetness in food, you can also make good tasting drinks.

A little less sugar, more taste the sweet taste of life.

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