There are recent ads from the Corn Sugar industry telling us that 'sugar is sugar'. While I appreciate the "natural" sugar of fruit juices vs refined sugar question - and its answer does touch on this tangentially, I am looking for something more specific with regard to two highly refined products. The answer may well be that what happens in The Liver stays in The Liver and it doesn't matter one hoot.
All I typically find is anecdotal "sugar is bad for you regardless so just cut it out and get over it" information (see ehow.com #5379818). I'm limiting this to HFCS and cane sugar because they seem to be the most discussed with regard to refined sweeteners from 'natural' sources.
- Does the human body respond differently to HFCS than it does to cane sugar? (i.e. does the body differentiate between these two different refined sugars in its response with insulin levels)
- If yes, is HFCS able to do damage that cane sugar cannot (given reasonable/similar ingestion amounts) due to the different response?
- Could there be a beneficial reason for different responses to two refined sugars?
--If everything comes from something, then technically everything counts as 'natural', sure.
--Ok, I'm also still annoyed at the anecdotal advice of a supposed medical professional who told me to chew sugared gum as opposed to sugar free because of my low blood sugar levels - see "Artificial sweeteners do not contain carbohydrates so they do not cause blood sugar to elevate, whereas, sugar alcohols have some effect on blood sugar. " see here