What Kind of Sugar Do You Eat? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


What Kind of Sugar Do You Eat?

Aside from the fact that you might eventually develop diabetes, there is another problem with eating too much sugar....it may be making you sick to your stomach.

The most common sugar we eat is glucose. But foods contain other sugars such as fructose and sucrose. Fructose is in soft drinks, honey, and apple juice.

Fructose causes many people to have GI upsets with gas, bloating, and pain. As a result, millions of people may have been treated unnecessarily for gastro-intestinal problems with antibiotics and other medications. Investigators have now found that all they really needed to do was stop consuming too much fructose. In some cases, it only takes the amount of fructose in a can of soda to cause symptoms-about 25 grams.

People with fructose intolerance do not have the appropriate bacteria in their gut to digest the sugars. Doctors test for high levels of hydrogen produced by a bacterial overgrowth. This test is also used to detect lactose intolerance.

The cure is simple. Reduce or cut out eating fructose...but it will require a lot of label reading.

Many people do not understand the idea of "normal flora." The body has over a trillion bacteria associated with it. These are 'good' bacteria. They protect us against invasion by disease-producing organisms and ;stimulate our immune system to protect us against invaders. When we disturb the normal flora by taking antibiotics, for instance, we may develop an infection with other bacteria or a fungus. Children often contract thrush in the mouth after antibiotic treatment.

Now scientists are beginning to use good bacteria to fight disease-producing bacteria. Physicians at children's hospital in Boston are giving children with Crohn's disease, an inflammation of the intestines, lactobacillus GG to replace bacteria in the gut that are causing the inflammation.

Other scientists at UC-San Diego, are trying to treat irritable bowel disease by giving patients a synthetic form of bacteria DNA. They hypothesize that because we shield people from bacteria, even those that do little or no harm, our immune systems becomes overly aggressive in fighting all bacteria, even our normal flora. The result is inflammations such as Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. The synthetic bacteria prompt normal flora to react safely and not attack our own tissues.

The important lesson here is that not all bacteria are bad. They are a very necessary part of our bodies. By using too many cleansers, being too clean, trying to maintain an unnatural and sterile world around us, we may be causing our own diseases.


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