[conspire] Sugar in foodstuffs

Paul Zander paulz at ieee.org
Thu Mar 25 10:20:41 PDT 2010

Don, Thanks for finding the articles.  I'd been wondering if there was any science or just speculation about the effects on overall health.

At the basic level, it has been known for a long time that high levels of glucose in the blood stream stimulates insulin, which in turn causes the body to remove the glucose and store it.  This is what is happening in the well-known sugar high followed by a crash after eating something high in glucose without other food.

Fructose does not stimulate insulin production.  It does not lead to the crash after the sugar high.  Apparently it has a different set of long term reactions.

A concept is glycemic index, a measure of how fast the body digests food into glucose in the blood.  If you eat fries and a cheeseburger with the high sugar drink, the fat will slow the rate of moving sugar into the blood stream.


--- On Tue, 3/23/10, Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:

From: Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org>
Subject: Re: [conspire] Sugar in foodstuffs
To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 7:42 AM

begin Rick Moen quotation of Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 05:34:09AM -0700:

> http://www.grist.org/article/researchers-yes.-hfcs-is-much-worse-than-table-sugar/

What a shameful exhibition of corporate welfare.


Publicly funded research handed over to Elsevier
B.V., to sell at a price of $31.50 for the actual
journal article.  (Science journals, unlike popular
magazines, use unpaid editorial boards, who are on
the clock for other institutions.)

Scientists who take taxpayer money, then hand the
results over to a parasitic publishing company,
should reconsider their shortsighted ways, or at
least talk with a university librarian about the
journals problem.

A previous article in the same field is open access:

That one, though, got funding from NIH, which has an
open access policy:

Looks like the US Public Health Service needs to
catch up with NIH -- otherwise, we're just going to
be reading secondhand news stories, arguments and PR
about the work they support.

Don Marti                                 +1 510-332-1587 mobile
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