How Much Fructose is Safe?


How Much Fructose is Safe?

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The truth and science behind fructose and how it affects the body

Portland, Oregon – May 8, 2012  – Fructose is the sugar found in fruit. Not long ago, it was known to be a safe sugar substitute, with no adverse effects on blood sugar levels. However, combined with amino acids, fructose forms advanced glycation end products, which are believed to accumulate in body tissues. According to a 2004 study published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, fructose is eight times more likely to form advanced glycation products than glucose. Accumulation of glycation in the tissues can have numerous side effects, since the process accelerates aging and may result in

  • cataract formation
  • kidney disease
  • narrowing of arteries
  • cardiovascular problems

Further, high intake of fructose may result in increased levels of glycation in the body, which may even alter the structure of some proteins. This may further cause dysfunction of the cells, causing severe complications relating to diabetes. Excess fructose consumption is linked to the development of metabolic syndrome, as a result of which some people tend to develop diabetes, altered levels of LDL cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.

It is important to regulate or monitor your consumption of fructose as these fruit sugars have little or no nutritional value, but add calories to our diets. Moreover, you may end up eating greater amounts of fructose foods and calories, since fructose does not trigger the same insulin response as expected from other foods that give us a feeling of full or satiety, leading to excess weight gain. The condition poses an increased risk of diabetes and heart diseases.

According to a study published in June 2009 in the Journal of Nutrition, fructose is immediately removed from blood circulation, causing elevated levels of triglyceride in the liver and higher LDL levels. Research suggests that chronic elevation in triglyceride levels in the bloodstream may pose a higher risk of insulin resistance and coronary heart disease. Researchers note that diets restricting fructose to 4-12 percent of calories do not impair cholesterol levels.

Diabetics must pay attention to the amount of carbohydrates they consume. Since fructose is not known for stimulating insulin and leptin secretion or suppressing ghrelin production, diabetics may be able to tolerate it better than other forms of sugar. Some studies even claim that small amounts of fructose play a role in improving glycemic control in diabetics.

Though there are no specific recommendations for fructose, the American Heart Association recommends a maximum intake of 100 calories per day from all added sugars for women and 150 calories per day for men. Two to three servings of fruit per day serve as a healthy intake of fructose.

Fructevia sweetener manufactured by Steviva brands contains crystalline fructose for cooking, baking, and flavor masking, but it reduces sugar intake due to the addition of stevia, which offsets sugar impact with FOS/Inulin (fructooligiosacharides), a fine fruit fiber.

Being low in calories, Fructevia is ideal for diabetics and those on low-glucose diets. It is an ideal choice for those looking for a great weight loss alternative. Since Fructevia is very low on the glycemic index, energy gained from the sweetener is more gradual and long lasting. It aids in digestion and does not cause cavities in children, unlike sugar. At a time when sugar and high fructose corn syrup are linked to several health risks, Fructevia has emerged as a healthy alternative, as it has a minimal effect on blood glucose and does not cause increase in blood sugar, making it a wonder natural sweetener for diabetics along with all those individuals on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

About Steviva Brands
Steviva Brands was founded in 1999 and since then has become one of the premiere producers of stevia based sweeteners and other bulk ingredient sweeteners. Unlike sugar, stevia does not trigger a rise in blood sugar, making it a great sugar replacement for diabetics. Stevia which is calorie-free, is a logical choice in the fight against both adult and childhood obesity.

 

Steviva Brands, Inc. is dedicated to bringing consumers the finest quality products available. Steviva Brands wants to make the world a better place by doing its part to help its customers use less sugar and increase their well-being. More information about Steviva Brands is available at: http://www.steviva.com

Contact: Thom King: thom.king@steviva.com

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