The recent emergence of keto dieting and government initiatives, such as the sugar tax, begs the question, "How much sugar is in my diet?"
It is critical that the formulas are supplied in an official Lipotrim carrier bag, the legal packaging (see right).
It contains much more information than the recommended list of permitted tea and the amount of water needed to make up the diet meals.
It is reassuring to know there are many wise people who fully read the vitally important Lipotrim information written on it.
“Why do the Lipotrim meals contain 14 grams of carbs and nearly 80% of this is sugar? Since Lipotrim is ketogenic, and a keto diet restricts sugars and carbohydrates, why is there so much sugar?”
Reading further you’ll realise there is NO sugar listed in the Lipotrim ingredients list. This provides us with the opportunity to teach a bit of nutrition science to a truly perceptive audience.
What is sugar?
Firstly, it is critical to understand the carbohydrate in the Lipotrim diet is not the stuff that most people understand as “sugar”. They are generally thinking of table sugar or the “free sugar” sucrose.
Sucrose is a molecule with two components, glucose and fructose, bound together and whose consumption should indeed be limited.
According to NHS advice:
The type of sugars most adults and children in the UK eat too much of are "free sugars".
These sugars may be added at home, or by a chef or other food manufacturer.
The sugars in these foods occur naturally but still count as free sugars.
It can be a bit confusing because there are in fact hundreds of substances called sugars besides sucrose. For example, the substance that usually provides almost all of the energy used by human cells is the simple sugar called glucose. We will discuss the sugar called fructose later in this blog.
What sugar does Lipotrim contain?
The sugar in the Lipotrim diet is the milk sugar, lactose, and is present because a major ingredient in the formula is skimmed milk powder.
There really is no “table” or “free sugar” in the Lipotrim formula.
Which often leads to a follow-up question of why we use milk.
The Lipotrim diet is nutritionally complete, supplying all the essential nutrients required by people for life and health. This is much more than just supplying the necessary vitamins and minerals. People also require around 10 essential amino acids from protein which must be included in the diet.
Milk proteins are almost the healthiest proteins available. The gold standard protein, according to the overall content of its amino acids, is actually albumin; egg white protein. Unpleasant to drink raw and when heated to make a soup, egg albumin would turn it into scrambled eggs. Milk is an almost universally accepted drink, and it provides a perfect pattern of essential amino acids even when heated.
This is why Lipotrim contains sugar. It is from the milk sugar - lactose.
Is fructose safe?
Scientists are getting increasingly concerned about the possible health consequences from the amount of “sugar” we are now consuming.
Fructose, named because it is largely the sugar found in fruits, is increasingly being identified as the sugar responsible for some of the major health problems supposedly caused by high sugar intakes.
Dr George Bray, considered by many people as one of the most important nutrition scientists in the United States for more than 5 decades, recently published a review indicating that Fructose may be a major health hazard.
When a person of such credibility speaks, they should not be ignored.
Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2010
© Diabetes Technology Society
Fructose: Pure, White, and Deadly?
Fructose, by Any Other Name, Is a Health Hazard George A. Bray, M.D.
The worldwide consumption of sucrose, and thus fructose, has risen logarithmically since 1800. Many concerns about the health hazards of calorie-sweetened beverages, including soft drinks and fruit drinks and the fructose they provide, have been voiced over the past 10 years. These concerns are related to higher energy intake, risk of obesity, risk of diabetes, risk of cardiovascular disease, risk of gout in men, and risk of metabolic syndrome. Fructose appears to be responsible for most of the metabolic risks, including high production of lipids, increased thermogenesis, and higher blood pressure associated with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Some claim that sugar is natural, but natural does not assure safety.
J Diabetes Sci Technol 2010;4(4):1003-1007
The reason for telling you this is not to get you worried about your 5 a day mantra.
Instead we are tirelessly working to educate our dieters, so they not only lose weight successfully but do so with an understanding of the science guiding their health as well.
Milk sugar (lactose), unlike sucrose, contains no fructose. It is a two-unit sugar of glucose and galactose.
The major health worries associated with fructose are avoided when using milk as the Lipotrim source of amino acids.
Please continue to read the important information on the Lipotrim carrier bag and the Lipotrim web site can provide you with major current scientific information about the health issues associated with overweight and weight loss.
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