Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Inaccuracies at LiveStrong.com


Read this article on LiveStrong.com, and see if you can spot the technical inaccuracy with serious medical consequences for anyone taking it seriously:


Comparison Of Sucrose, Glucose & Fructose. Sucrose, glucose and fructose are all kinds of sugar. As you might expect, they all taste sweet -- though to varying degrees. 






As the article states, fructose is indeed "absorbed by cells" without insulin. But only by liver cells, not all cells as the uninformed reader would easily infer from the article. The resulting hepatotoxicity is a driver of fatty liver disease, obesity, and diabetes. By omission the article misrepresents the metabolism of fructose and supports the dangerous myth that glucose is "bad" and fructose is "good". 

See <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldolase_B#Pathology> for the etiology of the disease mechanism. Overconsumption of fructose sets up an artificial relative shortage of of Aldolase_B. 

And if you think this doesn't apply to you, think again: given the current formulations of industrialized synth-food and predominance of fructose in popular fruits and vegetables,  most of us are chronic fructose-aholics. 
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