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Sugar being metabolized?

Jim Cooper asked this question Jul 1st, 2011 6:43 am

I would like to see some references on sugar being metabolized differently in liquid and solid form. I am not sure this is true.

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The research I was referring to was presented in the New York Times in an article title "Sugar: The Bitter Truth." The author writes:

"The fructose component of sugar and H.F.C.S. is metabolized primarily by the liver, while the glucose from sugar and starches is metabolized by every cell in the body. Consuming sugar (fructose and glucose) means more work for the liver than if you consumed the same number of calories of starch (glucose). And if you take that sugar in liquid form — soda or fruit juices — the fructose and glucose will hit the liver more quickly than if you consume them, say, in an apple (or several apples, to get what researchers would call the equivalent dose of sugar). The speed with which the liver has to do its work will also affect how it metabolizes the fructose and glucose. In animals, or at least in laboratory rats and mice, it’s clear that if the fructose hits the liver in sufficient quantity and with sufficient speed, the liver will convert much of it to fat."

posted on Jul 1st, 2011 9:20 am

Jim Cooper

Sugar in solid form does not to me mean the same thing as sugar in solid foods,such as pieces of fruit. And there is also a slight difference between sugar in liquid form and sugar in solution.

posted on Jul 2nd, 2011 10:36 am