October marks the start of the season we fondly call "LOSE YOUR EVER LOVING MIND AND SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT SEASON". Halloween candy has been on the aisles for a month already. Christmas TV commercials have begun. Pumpkin spice everything has exploded everywhere. To mark the occasion, Fire Team Whiskey is bringing you 31 Scary Things About Sugar. Be warned...sugar is much more frightening than you may think!
THE SCARY THING ABOUT SUGAR #1:
The sugar found in most processed sweets (uh hum....you with your hand in the Halloween candy bag...we are talking to you!) and sodas is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The special thing about fructose, unlike any other type of sugar, is that fructose is absorbed immediately, going straight to the liver, which is then stored as liver fat (VLDL and triglycerides). Because Fructose is not processed and broken down by the body first, it basically fools your metabolism. Fructose does not appropriately stimulate insulin, which in turn does not suppress ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) and doesn’t stimulate leptin (the “satiety hormone”), which together result in your eating more because your body is not properly receiving the signals that you don’t need any more. Think of fructose as a hacker that loves to mess with your metabolism signals in your body and make you eat more of them because they love to get nice and cozy and stored as fat in your liver. Because the consumption of fructose-containing foods had skyrocketed in that last few decades, the development of what is now called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a booming industry in the medical treatment centers. Before, this condition only was found in alcoholics (because alcohol is also directly stored as fat in the liver), but now, thanks to our addiction to Halloween candy, processed foods made tastier and more addictive by adding high fructose corn syrup, we have a new medical condition that never existed before high fructose corn syrup was introduced to our bodies.
Our suggestion? Look for sugar free halloween candy. Or better yet, make your own!
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