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Old 08-05-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
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Sugar vs HFCS - The Experiment

Actual eating part will be on Tuesday and Wednesday as they will be regular work days for me.
  • I will eat the same breakfast and lunch each day
  • Tuesday will be the BBQ Sauce (Bull's-Eye KC style) with sugar
  • Wednesday will be the BBQ Sauce (KC Masterpiece Original) with HFCS
  • both sauces will be served in 2 tablespoon portions with 5 little smokey links, no other carbs for dinner or dessert will be eaten
  • I will check my blood sugars the next morning and take a picture of my Glucometer readings with date and time
I propose that my blood sugars will be higher on the morning after I eat the KC Masterpiece.


Side note: I picked up the Bull's-Eye Original and the first ingredient was HFCS. I had to dig to find this bottle of B-E KC style and it has an older best by date than the other bottles around it. It was the last on the shelf with Sugar...their recipe has changed, too!
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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Interesting. My bottle of Bullseye Original contains sugar. The website references sugar. Maybe they made a recent change from HFCS to sugar.

Looking forward to the results.

60 Minutes tonight had a piece on sugar as a poison. Maybe it doesn't matter which you use.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
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Looking forward to the results. Thanks for being the guinea pig, PF!
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:10 AM   #4
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Interesting. My bottle of Bullseye Original contains sugar. The website references sugar. Maybe they made a recent change from HFCS to sugar.

Looking forward to the results.

60 Minutes tonight had a piece on sugar as a poison. Maybe it doesn't matter which you use.
The last bottle of Original I bought had sugar listed, the only reason I bought it.

This bottle has a best by Jun 2013, the other bottles with HFCS listed were Dec 2013. Not a good sign. Make sure you are re-checking items that have been sugar in the past.

As far as the report on 60 minutes goes...phbbbbppppt...so it raises dopamine levels the same as cocaine...just means you like sugar, it's still not cocaine. We are made to like sugar, the ONLY nutrient your brain can metabolize for energy is glucose...no glucose, no brain waves.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:23 AM   #5
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The new scare is that sugar increases a particularly dangerous type of LDL that is more likely to stick to artery walls so can increase the chance of a heart attack. Also that it can feed certain types of cancer cells, enabling them to grow faster.

It's always something.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #6
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The new scare is that sugar increases a particularly dangerous type of LDL that is more likely to stick to artery walls so can increase the chance of a heart attack. Also that it can feed certain types of cancer cells, enabling them to grow faster.

It's always something.
Well...since I went to making sure I don't ingest HFCS's (unintentionally) my LDL levels have gone down and my 40% blockage has not increased in the last year. For me, sugar is the lesser of all evils.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:36 AM   #7
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I am interested in your findings on this!

My own experiments have convinced me that using small amounts of sugar as a seasoning is better for me than artificial sweeteners or other commercial sweeteners like HFCS.
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Interesting Post Fiona

Thank you for posting.

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Look forward to the results Fiona
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I happened to catch the segment on Sugar on 60 Minutes last night. The "experiment" that was being done in hospital (the people were locked down and fed a very specific diet) showed that there were changes in LDL within 2 weeks. The body handles sugar differently than other energy from calories, according to one of the researchers interviewed. Our addiction to sugar is akin to cocaine. We are also wired to like sweet things because sweet berries, etc., are not poisonous. Very interesting segment and I mean to go to the web site to look at the studies, etc. I will be interesting to hear about your results, PF.

I'm not sure this a "new scare." When fats were replaced in the '70s by sweeteners, the changes in the disease rates thought to be linked to fats did not change. What did change is that sweeteners were added to foods instead of fats (by the food industry) so that people would buy them--removing the fat makes for very bland tasting food. There were two camps of research at the time--one anti-fat, the other anti-sugar. The anti-fat camp won out (fats in foods = fat people?) logical, I guess. In hindsight, researchers are thinking that might have been wrong, it is the sugar that is making people fat because of how much is consumed now and how the body processes it.
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