Homework Assignment #1: Sugar the Bitter Truth Andre Hinojosa 12601675 High fructose corn syrup has both indirect and direct influences on risk factors that can lead to type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and other such diseases that make up metabolic syndrome. The dangerous part about high fructose corn syrup is that it is literally found in almost everything, from infant formula to bread. Although fructose is a carbohydrate, the body metabolizes it very differently than its close counterpart: glucose. When fructose enters the body, it can only be metabolized by the liver, unlike glucose which only about 20% ends up being processed by the liver. This creates a huge task for the liver, what Dr. Lustiq calls “a volume issue” and leads to his theory of fructose as a “poison”. Furthermore, fructose does not stimulate the release of insulin, which ultimately is important for satiety signals (recognition of leptin) as well as fat metabolism. In the example that Dr. Lustiq gives relating equal caloric amounts of
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course BIO E109 taught by Professor Hicks during the Summer '11 term at UC Irvine.