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Glucose: The glucose molecules are metabolized by all of the cells in our body and used for fuel. Found naturally in fruits, vegetables and honey. Glucose is also created in the body when your body breaks down other foods and starches into glucose. Starch supplies the body with long, sustained energy. Fructose: the sugar found naturally in fruits but mostly used in the form of man-made processed high-fructose corn syrup which is only metabolized by your liver and turns to fat deposits. Stay away from table sugar, corn syrup, candy, fruit juice and products that have bleached, processed or refined on the label.

Healthy foods are broken down into sugar for energy that the body burns for energy.

The body processes excess sugar into fat. When your liver's sugar storage capacity is exceeded, the excess sugar is returned to the blood stream as fatty-acid and stored as fat throughout the body, stomach, hips, butt, etc. and then into your organs, heart, liver, and kidneys. Also sugar raises insulin (a hormone that dictate how much fat to store) to high levels in the body which causes energy to be stored in fat cells.

Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, of the University of California likens sugar to controlled drugs because it is addictive and toxic. "We need to wean ourselves off. We need to de-sweeten our lives. We need to make sugar a treat, not a diet staple".

SugarMost of the sugar in the American diet is from sugars added during food processing and preparation, or at the table.

When you eat foods containing natural sugars (such as fruit and vegetables), these foods also include vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

However, many foods with added sugars contain nothing but calories. These foods and drinks are often called "empty" calories.

There is a lot of added sugar in soda. However, do you know that popular "vitamin-type" waters, sports drinks, coffee drinks, and energy drinks also contain a lot of added sugar. SOURCE:

HARVARD School of Public Health August 20, 2012 Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet.
The Problem: Sugary Drinks Are a Major Contributor to the Obesity Epidemic

Two out of three adults and one out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese, and the nation spends an estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions. Rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. A typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories. A 64-ounce fountain cola drink could have up to 700 calories. People who drink this "liquid candy" do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food and do not compensate by eating less. Read the full article: Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet May 20, 2009
Excessive Cola Consumption Can Lead To Super-Sized Muscle Problems, Warn Doctors
Doctors have issued a warning about excessive cola consumption after noticing an increase in the number of patients suffering from muscle problems, according to the June issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
Read the article in the Science Daily

The Raw Facts on Sugar
Feb. 24, 2006

Natural" is such a good selling point. So is "raw." One woman said, "When I see 'in the raw' [on a sugar package], I assume it's less processed than white sugar. The same thing with rice."

Sugar Is Sugar -- Regardless of Color

She makes a good point about rice. Brown rice is higher in fiber, because it still has some of the bran attached, explained Cathy Nonas, director of obesity and diabetes programs at New York City's North General Hospital.

Brown rice has much more fiber and significantly more minerals than white rice. But it's not the same story with brown sugar.

"People who are grabbing that brown sugar because they think it's healthier are basically deluding themselves," Nonas said.

Sugar begins as sap in sugarcane plants, which are crushed to release what is called sugar juice. The juice is heated, which creates a thick dark molasses containing sugar crystals. They spin that in a centrifuge to remove the molasses. What's left is white granulated sugar. Brown sugar is brown because it has some of the molasses added back to the white sugar.

It's true that molasses tastes a little sweeter and contains a little iron and calcium, but only a little.

To get as much iron as I'd get from one slice of whole-wheat bread, I'd have to eat nine teaspoons of brown sugar.

"Brown sugar is not any better than white sugar. People should still reduce their intake of all sugars because they're basically empty calories," Nonas said.

And "raw " sugar is no better, Nonas added. "People are very susceptible to marketing. And just because something is natural doesn't mean it's particularly healthy for you," she said.

Raw sugar isn't even really raw. It's just slightly less refined, so it retains some of the molasses. But there's no real health real benefit from it. "There's no more nutritional value in raw sugar than there is in white sugar or brown sugar," Nonas said.

Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California's UCTV Prime illustrates the overabundance of sugar in today's processed convenience foods and explains how our bodies metabolize these sugars in the same way as alcohol or other toxins, causing damage to the liver and other organs."

If you enjoyed the above Video here is an in depth lecture from the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public by Dr. Robert Lustig Sugar: The Bitter Truth

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