Most everybody loves sugar.
And don’t the food and beverage companies know it.
But are you getting too much sugar in your diet…perhaps unknowingly?
If so, there’s not better time to make some adjustments than ASAP.
“What do the Atkins Diet and the Japanese diet have in common?”
That’s the question Robert H. Lustig MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology University of California, San Francisco, asks at the start of his talk “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” (available on YouTube.)
Lustig goes so far as to label fructose a poison, saying it’s 1,000 times worse for us than fat. He then shows a chart that indicates Americans on average today are about 25 lbs. heavier than they were 25 years ago.
So what gives? Did people just start eating more?
On the surface it would appear that way. According to Lustig, over the last twenty years, studies have shown teenagers are eating 275 calories more per day; adult men 187 more calories per day; and adult females 335 calories more per day.
Over the same period, he says, starting in 1982 with a push from the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans have actually reduced their overall fat intake from 40% to 30%.
But still the incidents of the non-alcoholic liver disease and metabolic syndrome which increase your risk of cardiovascular disease (particularly heart disease and diabetes) keep rising.
Note: Metabolic syndrome is when you have three of the following five conditions: 1) abdominal obesity; 2) elevated blood pressure; 3) elevated fasting glucose; 4) high serum triglycerides; and 5) low high-density cholesterol levels.
So what else has changed?
To answer that question, I’d first like to talk about sugar. Sugar is made up of two molecules: glucose and fructose. When they reach your stomach, they separate. Glucose is good. It’s the “energy of life.” It circulates throughout the body and feeds your muscles and your brain.
Fructose, on the other hand, goes straight to your liver. When there’s too much of it going to your liver, your liver turns it into liver fat. And it’s liver fat that is the cause for disease such as cancer and heart disease.
Fructose intake has dramatically risen over the last forty years or so.
Again, keep in mind, the above numbers refer to fructose only. The numbers would be double that for sugar, totaling approximately 109 grams of sugar for adults and 155 grams for adolescents.
So what do these numbers mean to you?
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