Gout: High-fructose Corn Syrup & The Hidden Danger
@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
FRUCTOSE IS THE ONLY KNOWN SIMPLE SUGAR THAT CAN INCREASE YOUR URIC ACID LEVEL
Fructose, both natural and artificial, can flare up your gout. Eating or drinking fructose will increase your uric acid. So it will be wise to limit fructose in diet. Among the list of fructose, high-fructose corn syrup stands out.
HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
High-fructose corn syrup is the widely used artificial food sweetener in today's modern diet. It's popularity rooted in two things: number one, it cost cheaper, second, it's sweeter.
So, commercially speaking, that makes it a convenient and cost effective way to add more sugar to our diet, earning it as an all-around companion of our favorite foods and drinks.
High-fructose corn syrup's staggering omnipresent is owed to it's relatively versatile use as a artificial sweetener in almost every conceivable commercial food items like breads, cakes, cookies, chocolates, soft drinks, fruit juices, beers, etc...
With high-fructose corn syrup's ever presence, this gives us a longer list of restricted food for your gout diet. Keep an eye. Watch out for:
Soda / Pop
Canned preserved foods
TIPS TO FIGHT FRUCTOSETIP # 1: Always check the ingredient of every food items before you purchase them. If high fructose corn syrup is one of the ingredients then you know you just got to avoid it. Better safe than sorry.
TIP # 2: Better make your own version of your favorites -- whether it be your all-time favorites or staple pantry companion. You'll have control over the ingredients added to it so you'll know for sure that it won't trigger an acute gout flare up. Cook your own dinner. Bake your own bread. Make your own chocolate.
other REASONs: WHY IS HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP BAD?
Hold it, high-fructose corn syrup isn't just the carbohydrate that increases your uric acid. It has a list of bad effects you should know.
Did you know that the only organ that can metabolize fructose is liver. So when you take in fructose, you give your liver an increased workload, which pretty much involves transforming fructose to fats.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the burden you will give to your liver if you consume enough fructose that will be converted to fats that'll deposit in your own liver. Just a heads up, these fat deposits are just like those found in people who consume too much alcohol. Wow, so fructose's bad effect in your liver is like drinking alcohol.
If you compare it our energy source glucose, fructose is more likely to be converted by the liver to fats. Especially if taken in excess.
The fats produced out of fructose isn't the healthy type. These are the triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins we're talking about This poses a serious problem that can lead to clogging of blood vessels and consequently, heart attack.
Fats clogging off arteries can lead to elevated blood pressure and heart attack.
Fructose is a simple sugar. It can create insulin resistance in the body, thus a risk to develop diabetes.
Fructose isn't just damaging to your liver and cardiovascular system, it's also a culprit for tooth decay. The sweet treat for your mouth bacterias.
There are people have problem breaking down fructose so it's consumption can bring about indigestion, bloating and diarrhea.