It’s often been stated, especially in the United States that the steroid laws are in place for our own protection; of course, it’s been argued by many that this is improper as it is an infringement on liberty. For example, if steroids can be classified as such, alcohol and tobacco should be the same. Further, if we’re protecting from steroid abuse in the name of public health, if this is the case, all fast food, deserts and junk foods of all types should be classified as Schedule III controlled substances. Of course, no one ever takes into consideration that the effects of anabolic steroids are far less dangerous than any of the items we just mentioned; in-fact, if you have the intelligence of a cardboard box and supplement with anabolic steroids you can actually greatly improve your quality of life.
Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, they can lead to addiction. Studies have shown that animals will self-administer steroids when they have the chance, just as they do with other addictive drugs. People may continue to abuse steroids despite physical problems, high costs to buy the drugs, and negative effects on their relationships. These behaviors reflect steroids' addictive potential. Research has further found that some steroid users turn to other drugs, such as opioids, to reduce sleep problems and irritability caused by steroids.
I preach the treachery of HFCS so my mission/bias is clear. “HFCS is nearly identical to sucrose in structure and function.” In my humble opinion it is the “nearly identical” that is killing us. Have you
considered the ratios of fructose:glucose in sucrose and HFCS?
HFCS is 55%fructose:45%glucose. This appears to be close to the 50:50 ratio found in sucrose, until you do the math. 55%:45% = 55/45 =.
This means that in every can of Coke (bottled in the USA) there is,
compared to glucose, 22% extra fructose. In everyday terms this means
that drinking 5 HFCS-55 sweetened beverages is equivalent to drinking
4 1/4 cans of sucrose sweetened be beverage plus 3/4 can of pure fructose sweetened beverage. Considering that the average teen chugs one of two cans a day, that’s a lot of extra fructose. I’ve always wondered why the CRA, Corn Refiners Assoc., chose that ratio. Were they just trying to find a ratio that simulated sucrose-like sweetness, or were they looking for something extremely sweet so end manufacturers could use less, or perhaps they wanted something a little more addictive? At any rate, they chose the ratio, not mother nature.
Back to the facts:
Sucrose is a fructose and glucose are chemically linked. Our gut has the enzyme sucrase. It’s responsibility is to cleave the disaccharide so the simple sugars, fructose and glucose, can enter the bloodstream. Enzymes function as biological catalysts and also serve as gatekeepers; they regulate entry of sugars into the bloodstream.
In contrast, HFCS is only a gemisch, a mixture of fructose and glucose, not requiring sucrase control. The fructose is shunted directly to the liver for metabolism. When you drink something with
HFCS-55 you might as well have an . to your portal vein.
btw: Food manufacturers are always trying to stay one step ahead of
the consumer. I was reading the ingredients on a bottle of low cal
fruit water. No HFCS, good; no fructose, good; but wait there’s
levulose…levulose is fructose.