The EU has approved a health claim for fructose, but with a health warning attached. Even Monty Python would struggle to make a believable sketch out of that.
The claim is that eating fructose leads to far less blood glucose than eating glucose or sucrose.
They did tests. They really did.
Sucrose is made up of half fructose and half glucose. Glucose is… well… glucose. Fructose doesn’t have any glucose in it.
If you swallow 50g of glucose, your blood glucose level will rise. Not only is there no need to test that, it has been demonstrated over and over again anyway. Usually in connection with sensible questions such as how much, how fast and for how long.
If you swallow 50g of sucrose, your blood glucose level will rise by roughly half as much as it did with the glucose. Again, sensible scientists of the past have already tested this for sensible reasons.
If you swallow 50g of fructose, the rise in blood glucose will not be zero because a bit of the fructose will get converted into glucose by various chemical and enzymatic means on the way down. The gut is a rough place for a small molecule. So it won’t be zero but it’ll be very small. Because it doesn’t have any damn glucose in it.
The alleged health benefits centre on not having increased blood sugar after eating. Is that a good thing? Most of your cells need glucose for energy. When you eat, your body rips the food apart and sends it around to all your cells so that bits of you don’t spontaneously die. Blood sugars are supposed to increase after eating. That’s how food gets from your gut to your fingers.
This reminds me of the ‘no safe level of salt’ shite that is convincing drones to die.
So the health benefit is dodgy to say the least,. What about the health warning?
Bear in mind that the reason the drones are scared of sugar is that they are told it will make them fat and give them diabetes. High levels of fructose can cause… insulin resistance. Diabetes. And a load of other things too.
Well, it’ll make a lot of money for insulin producers.
The EU think this fructose nonsense is not applicable to the general population, but specifically targets ‘sugar users’. Anyone out there live a completely sugar-free life?
No salt or sugar in your diet, people. You’ll be helping reduce the population.