Thursday, April 3, 2014

Beer Belly or Soda Belly?

After watching Dr. Robert H. Lustig's 1 hour 29 minute 36 second lecture titled: Sugar: The Bitter Truth, I learned 2 bitter truths. Truth Number 1: Dr. Lustig pronounces the "fruc" in fructose to rhyme with "truck". Therefore we are consuming copious amounts of fruck-tose. Truth Number 2: Stop eating it today!

I knew fructose was bad for humans, but was mesmerized by Dr. Lustig's presentation, even the biochemistry segment. My brain was able to metabolize all of his information. (Unlike our bodies which metabolize fructose as fat. Fructose's fraternal twin brother is Ethanol. So if you want to know what happens to fructose in your body, just think about how your body reacts to several of your favorite alcoholic beverages with only minor differences. Only the liver can metabolize fructose, therefore it's a toxin. To quote the good doctor, "Fructose is ethanol without the buzz."

I want to read every food label now before purchasing packaged foods. I want to purge my pantry of fructose lurking in cans, boxes and jars. I'm tempted to forego my Weight Watcher Diet in favor of the Paleolithic Diet of eating only raw foods.

Fructose is a very serious opponent to our health. In fact, it's toxic. It's lethal. It can start before birth. We worry about crack babies, why not the same concern for fructose babies?

According to Dr. Lustig, "Fat does not cause fat. Fructose causes fat." It is addictive because it tricks our brains into thinking we are hungry. So we eat more fructose and in a vicious cycle, we no longer can trust our satiety signals.

So why does the FDA allow fructose to be in our foods? I learned in the lecture that the FDA gave fructose GRAS status. (Generally Regarded As Safe) Their reasoning is that fructose is a chronic toxin and they only regulate acute toxins! Do members of the FDA have families? Do they care about their own health?

And what about the USDA? Their job is to sell food, so putting them in charge is like the fox watching the hen house. Just possibly the members of Club USDA have too much fat in their brains and pockets.

In Weight Watchers I learned that a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle. In Sugar: The Bitter Truth, I learned that a calorie is not a calorie. There are good carbs and bad carbs. Glucose is the energy of life, while fructose will hasten your death.

I'm going to leave you with my favorite quote from the lecture and a Call to Action. Dr. Lustig preached, "When God made the poison (fructose), he also made the antidote (fiber). I urge you, my readers, to eat more fiber and be a voice to end fructose in our food. God help us all.


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