Before grabbing that fizzy drink or fake juice, you need to think whether or not you care about your liver and cardiovascular health, and whether or not you’d like to suffer from diabetes. The component that threats us with all these risks is the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) used heavily in sweetening artificial beverages.
Our bodies need sugar as an energy source and a healthy option of sugar is sucrose but it should also be used on moderate levels.
Sucrose is a disaccharide composed of equal amounts of glucose and fructose. When the body faces sucrose, it uses up glucose for energy directly while fructose is transferred to the liver to be turned to fat for storage.
Unlike sucrose, HFCS is not composed of equal amounts of fructose and glucose. It has 60% fructose and 40% glucose making the fructose content 10% more than that found in sucrose. The high fructose levels that need to be dealt with by the liver stresses the vital organ and so the whole body.
Not only are artificial beverages sweetened with the High Fructose Corn Syrup, but they are also filled with huge amounts of it. The high amounts of this sweetener cannot be stood by the body which is then exposed to the threat of cardiovascular problems, liver problems and diabetes. Individuals who regularly drink artificial beverages consume about four supermarket shelves of granulated HFCS sugar bags over a year.
There are some beverages that claim to just have natural sugar, yt they still contain more than 50% fructose content. Diet beverages are not completely innocent either. Hence, if we want to maintain a healthy life style, we should completely discard artificial beverages and replace them with fresh fruits. Otherwise, reduce your beverage intake as much as possible by keeping it to really special occasions.