What Does Sugar Actually Do To Your Body?


it’s interesting when we design our
studies we provide diets that are high in starch and then we take away that starch and replaced it with sugar why do we even see such unfavorable effects
when we replace pasta or bread with a fructose sweetened beverage or let’s even
say high fructose corn syrup sweetened beverage well to answer that question
we’re gonna start first with the glucose the grains that we eat and we call carbs
are pretty much pure glucose and it goes into our bloodstream slowly cause it takes a while for those enzymes in the intestine to break it all down the
glucose leads the intestine in what we call the portal vein and that veins
first stop is the liver if the liver needs energy that liver is going to pull
the glucose in if the liver has enough energy most of the glucose bypasses
the liver and is delivered to the rest of the body it gets to be used by any
other place in the body that needs glucose now with fructose its different
we’re talking about fructose in the fructose sweetened beverages are subjects
consumed but we’re also talking about the fructose in sodas because high
fructose corn syrup contains fructose so fructose is in the intestine and it too is
delivered directly to the liver however there’s an enzyme there that’s always
turned on so it takes any fructose it can get its hands on even if the liver
has enough energy very little fructose gets delivered to
the rest of the body so what we end up is this fructose overload in the liver
it needs to start storing it as fat when you increase your levels of liver fat
you’re gonna have more fat heading out into the blood with more fat heading out
in the blood you end up with higher levels of
triglycerides and cholesterol both of them risk factors for cardiovascular disease
there’s another problem we believe liver fat decreases insulin’s ability to do
its job thats increases your risk of diabetes there’s another problem when your
insulin isn’t working well it also causes more fructose to be turned into
fat and it is also going to increase the amount of fat that liver
sends into the blood there’s another problem this group that consumed fructose tended to gain that weight within the abdominal cavity this is what we
call visceral fat that makes us apple shaped so what we have is this vicious
cycle going on that’s really why metabolic syndrome tends to be a group
of problems they make this little vicious cycle where one makes the other
worse and they just go around in this circle what we all need to do is get to
the point where sugar is a special occasion food it’s not a staple and
that’s where we need to think about our foods and what they can be doing to our
health are you wondering how much sugar you’re eating click on this video to find
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