Fructose in the News

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Fructose in the News

Spotted in THE WEEK, a news digest magazine, on their “Health and Science” page –

It looks like researchers are finally taking seriously the fact that our bodies react differently to different sugars. This applies to AFTER they’re absorbed across the gut wall – if they’re absorbed at all, which in the case of IBS sufferers, they might not be – but I digress.

According to the article, which quotes “new research” but doesn’t say where it was conducted (alas), glucose is “absorbed directly into the bloodstream to produce energy” while fructose (a FODMAP sugar) “is metabolized in the liver” and “doesn’t stimulate insulin secretion,” which apparently leaves you craving more and more. That seems especially dangerous when it’s added to processed foods, don’t you think? And get this – they say that fructose also triggers brain activity that actually intensifies cravings for “high-calorie foods such as candy, cookies, and pizza.”

I realizing that preparing almost everything from scratch makes life just that much more complicated for FODMAPers – but here’s one more reason to pat yourself on the back if you avoid high-fructose corn syrup-containing foods. We probably aren’t absorbing enough fructose into our bodies to create those nasty effects, but whoever else we cook for DOES get the benefit of reducing added fructose.

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