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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-10-2015

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted...

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted…

“Bad things” happen when you include high fructose corn syrup in your diet.

In one study, healthy individuals consumed either glucose or fructose-sweetened drinks. The drinks were made up of either 25% of the calories from glucose or 25% of the calories from fructose. They consumed the sweetened drinks for 10 weeks.
The group that consumed the fructose had…

– developed insulin resistance,
– their abdominal fat increased,
– their blood sugar level, and
– insulin levels increased.

In various other studies, there is an increase in gout episodes, even in those who never had gout before. This is a frightening thought because it means thousands of children will end up with gout – and gout is a very painful disease to have….

– imagine how hard it would be to watch your child suffer from gout for a few weeks at a time,
– how difficult it would be to have to give your child medications for gout that are toxic in many ways, and
– how much time it will take out of your regular schedule to have to attend to this new health issue.

Children already have developed gout from eating a lot of foods with high fructose corn syrup. This isn’t a theory that hasn’t been proven. It’s reality.

High fructose is a killer. That’s the bottom line. Do you really want it in your diet or your family’s diet?

In the next article, find out whether or not sugar is addictive and what’s the evidence about it?

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva


Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 11-8-2015

Sugar is found in foods in two ways – foods that contain natural sugar like lactose in milk and fructose in fruit, and foods that contain added sugars. It’s the foods with the added sugars killing you if you’re diabetic.

The easiest way to lower the sugar in your diet is to lower the carbohydrates. When carbohydrates are broken down in your body, that’s when they will release sugar into your bloodstream and make your blood sugar levels rise. Thus, it’s not just the amount of added processed sugar to a food that matters. It’s also the original amount of carbohydrates in a food that counts.

So the best way to see if you’re consuming too much sugar in your diet is to check for the amount of carbohydrates in the meal. It will be a smart move to get a book on the carbohydrate content of foods from the library plus read labels for this.

If your level of carbohydrates is 80 grams for a meal, it’s no wonder your blood sugar levels are too high. You’re causing them to rise by eating this type of meal. Even 50 grams carbohydrates is too much. Strive for a level of 35 to 40 grams and no more. This way, when the carbohydrates do get broken down by enzymes and release sugar, they can’t do a lot of damage by raising your blood sugar levels.

Organic Apples in a Basket outdoor. Orchard. Autumn Garden. HarvAnother thing to consider is your food choices within a category. For example, have you noticed Red Delicious apples are sweeter than the tart Granny’s apples? Have you noticed the Pink Lady and Fuji apples are sweeter than the Red Delicious apples? There’s a reason for it: they contain more carbohydrates. Choose the apples – and other fruit varieties not as sweet.

Try this for a few weeks and see what happens to your blood sugar levels…


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Why You Need to Avoid High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Why You Need to Avoid High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Posted by admin, Dated 29-10-2013

Many studies carried out have shown a clear link to the increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup with the out of control and ever-increasing epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the US. This does not just mean it only affects people in the US, it means any country that sells food or drink products containing HFCS will have the same problem the more it is used and consumed.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

BHP.HFCS.HFCS is where corn (maize) derived syrup has undergone enzymatic processing to change some of its glucose into a substance called fructose because of the sweetness this produces. HFCS is then added to anything from soda to snack bars and cake ingredients, to make it sweeter and therefore more desirable to eat…

– in Canada HFCS can be seen on the ingredients label as ‘glucose/fructose,’
– in Europe it can be labelled as ‘glucose-fructose,’ and
– in other countries ‘high-fructose maize syrup.’

But this is not inclusive of every name out there for HFCS.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is more Dangerous than Sugar…

The US is where HFCS is consumed the most. This is because the US has to pay two to three times more than the rest of the world for sugar, so it’s easy to see why HFCS has become a staple sweetener in food and soda.

But don’t let this fool you into thinking your foods may not be full of HFCS just because you don’t live in the US. In the UK for example, some of the known foods that contain high fructose corn syrup are:

– McVitie’s HobNobs,
– McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes,
– Carte D’Or ice cream, and< - Mr Kipling Bakewell Slices. These brands are also sold globally. So ensure you start reading your food and drinks labels to avoid this deadly ingredient. One of the reasons HFCS is deadlier than sugar is because it is metabolized to fat in your body quicker than any other sugar currently tested by scientists. This happens because most fats are formed in your liver and when sugar enters your liver it will decide whether to store it, burn it or turn it into fat. But when it comes to fructose - this process is completely bypassed and therefore the liver simply turns it into fat immediately. Scientific data published on this topic also shows consuming fructose will lead to decreased signalling in your central nervous system by the hormones leptin and insulin. Leptin and insulin play a major role in regulating how much food you eat, as well as controlling your body weight - this then suggests dietary fructose may contribute to overeating and weight gain. Also, as any diabetic will know, decreased insulin and leptin signalling is a main cause of Type 2 diabetes and a host of other obesity related conditions. So, if you are trying to lose weight and manage your Type 2 diabetes, then avoid fructose, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup, to enhance your chances of success.

I’m a New Diabetic … What About Fruit?

I’m a New Diabetic … What About Fruit?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 14-12-2009

Today’s article comes in the form of a question from one of my readers.

“Hello. Thanks for all the great work you’ve been doing to educate us on diabetes. It’s wonderful and I have learned a lot!

My question is about fruit. Now I have been so diligent about removing all the sugar and processed foods from my diet for the past month. There’s not a single cookie, candy bar, Coca Cola, or ice cream bar in the house. And the funny thing is that with all these gone, I don’t even miss them. Not one ioda.

Well, occasionally I still feel that I would like something a little sweet. So I grab an apple or an orange during the day. But lately, I want sweeter fruits. I got a little off track when I was making grape and apricot jam from the fruits off my trees in the backyard. They tasted so good I forgot all about my diet and helped myself. It was like a gorging session.

My question is this: since fruit is natural – you can’t get more natural than picking it off my trees, then is this okay on a diabetic diet?” … Mary


Dear Mary,

Fruit grown naturally is the way it is supposed to be grown and these fruits are always good foods for a diabetic. But fruit is a carbohydrate food and when you are diabetic, type 1 or type 2, you have to limit the carbohydrates. You can only have 4 or 5 servings a day, and never more than one serving at a time.

Fruit contains the naturally occurring sugar fructose. Years ago, we thought that fructose didn’t cause any problems with blood sugar and was perfectly fine for diabetics. Fructose is metabolized differently than sucrose or glucose.

But the problem is that the fructose can act almost like a free radical in the body. It is a precursor to a compound called AGE’s, which are free radicals with extra special super power to damage cells, organs and tissues. When AGE’s accumulate in your body, they rapidly age you, cause tangled protein masses that are dysfunctional in your brain and damage every possible protein they meet. Now we know that the natural sugar fructose can contribute to causing complications in diabetics.

So your best solution is to keep making the jam, sugarless of course, and don’t pick the fruit unless you have already eaten a meal and aren’t hungry! Stay with the recommendation of only one serving of fruit at any one time and you will be fine.