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Throughout my career I have repeatedly written about the damage sugar places upon our bodies in a dose/response manner.
In other words, the research clearly indicates that the relative amounts of sugar we consume and the length of time we consume it determine the degree of associated health risks.
The typical North American diet is composed of too much sugar consumed in many different forms. The most damaging of which is fructose contained in drinks, processed foods and high fructose corn syrup used as a cheap sweetener.
Why is this product continually used in our diet?
It’s very sweet (20%) sweeter than sucrose and it’s also very cheap so it is frequently used as a sweetener in foods to make them more palatable and addictive….yes addictive. The food industry purposely designs foods to be much more likely to addict you and this drives sales.
I have found that when people (overweight, obese or of normal weight) omit sugar from their diet, especially fructose, they loose weight and continue to do so without changing anything else with regard to their own lifestyle dynamics.
This very important step also can partially if not entirely correct the extremely common metabolic syndrome that around 60% of people currently have. Omitting simple carbohydrates life fructose from your diet will improve fat-burning, improve insulin sensitivity, lower triglycerides, inflammation, blood pressure and an improved response to circulating leptin, the hormone that controls hunger and fat metabolism.
Recent research published in the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) seems to indicate the very same finding!
Researchers have recently shown that after only 2 weeks of fructose restriction, improved health and metabolic function!
It is widely understood that high fructose corn syrup accelerates the conversion of sugar to fat in the liver giving rise to fatty liver disease, type-2 diabetes and high triglycerides.
According to the authors of this important research:
“Fructose provides no nutritional value and isn’t metabolized in the brain. Your body converts it to fat, but doesn’t recognize that you’ve eaten, so the hunger doesn’t go away” “Many young patients tell me they’re always hungry, which makes sense because what they’re eating isn’t helping their bodies function.”
Does this sound familiar to you?
High fructose corn syrup is converted to triglyceride and stored in the liver, fat cells and muscle 20 times faster than regular glucose. Approximately 90% of fructose is metabolized in the liver, none of which is utilized by the brain.
This is the principle reason why people feel so lethargic after consuming these types of carbohydrates and why their hunger is not relieved after doing so.
The important message here is to limit the consumption of sugar, especially fructose and replace these carbohydrates with healthy ones like whole grains, fruit, vegetables, Greek yogurt in addition to good fats like fish, nuts and avocados.
Typically, the elimination of packaged, processed foods and sugary drinks will eliminate most of the fructose in your diet. Although fructose found in fruit is fine to consume, concentrates made from fruit or fruit drinks are not recommended.
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project