Archive for July, 2010

SoBe Essential Energy (16 fl oz) – crystalline fructose???

Monday, July 26th, 2010

sobe essential energy14.75SoBe Essential Energy Drink (16 fl oz)

2 servings per container

240 calories per container

59 grams of sugar per container = approximately 14.75 teaspoons!

Contains “crystalline fructose” – IS THIS BETTER THAN HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP?

HECK NO!  Crystalline fructose is produced from fructose-enriched corn syrup that’s been allowed to crystallize.

One 20 ounce bottle of Coca-Cola (16.9 teaspoons of sugar) a day

Monday, July 19th, 2010

coke classic 67.5 grams 16.8 tsp

16.15 tspConsuming one 20 ounce bottle everyday for a year of a beverage similar to Coca-Cola may lead to the following:

– up t0 26 pounds of increased body fat

– over 25% increased risk for heart attack

– over 45% increased risk for developing gout

– 4% decrease in bone mineral density causing an increased risk for bone fractures (teenage girls who drank one 20 ounce bottle of a dark colored soda were five times for likely to experience a bone fracture)

– over 50% increased risk for developing tooth decay and/or tooth loss

– twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than a person who consumes less than one soda a month

The Difference between Sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Sucrose, commonly known as table sugar or refined sugar, is a disaccharide molecule which means it is two smaller molecules combined together to make one larger molecule.  During digestion, the larger sucrose molecule is split into its two smaller molecules – fructose and glucose.

The glucose molecule provides fuel (or energy) for all the cells in the body.  The glucose molecule also suppresses the hunger hormone (ghrelin) and stimulates the production of leptin.  Leptin, in turn, tells the brain that you are full and therefore your appetite is decreased.

The fructose molecule, on the other hand, is only metabolized by the liver and is converted to free fatty acids and triglycerides.  Additionally, it has zero effect on the hunger hormone (ghrelin) and can actually interfere with leptin levels (telling the brain that  you’re still hungry) leading to overeating.    

High Fructose Corn Syrup is processed fructose made from corn.  In 1966 the average person in this country consumed “zero” amounts of HFCS.  Today, as much as 15% of total calories consumed can be fructose calories.   

HFCS, like the fructose molecule from sucrose, is 100% metabolized by the liver, and because it is consumed in massive doses (over 62 pounds a year per person), it causes an overworked liver and can actually lead to liver damage.  Just like half the sucrose molecule, the fructose from HFCS converts to free fatty acids and triglycerides, and consuming 120 calories of HFCS can result in approximately 40 calories of stored fat.  In other words, consuming HFCS is just like consuming fat;  leading to obesity, high blood pressure and increase triglyceride levels.

It is my opinion that individuals who consume high levels of HFCS are not only consuming empty calories, they are also consuming poison.