An excerpt from an editorial by Robert G. Smith, PhD with the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, on sugar and refined fructose. The article is not over-the-top, but simply wants to make us aware of the link between what we eat and our long-term health. To read the complete article with footnotes, subscribe free of charge to
(OMNS April 24, 2012) A recent article in the prestigious journal Nature explains that sugar, especially fructose, widely available in soft drinks and other processed foods, is responsible for many serious non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and liver failure [1,2]. One of the contributing reasons is that fructose and other high-calorie substances such as alcohol cannot be directly utilized by the body's tissues so they must be metabolized by the liver, where they generate toxicity and set the body on a path to diabetes . Further, fructose interferes with the body's sense of satiety, so that an excess of calories tend to be ingested. This overwhelms the liver, which then must convert the overdose of sugar into fat, which harms the liver and can lead to diabetes.
The underlying issue in this debate is public access to knowledge about nutrition. If the harm that added fructose causes to our health could be widely publicized, along with information about inexpensive and readily available healthy alternatives, this could lead to better health for millions of people.
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