Added Sugars are the Real Culprits

Fruit and Honey

June 11, 2015

by Paul Fassa, Natural Health Journalist

Dateline: Santa Fe, New Mexico

( Don’t be alarmed by honey and fructose in fresh fruits. That’s not what this is about. Honey is healing, topically and internally. Many consider it a super food when used moderately. Fructose in fruits are balanced with healthy compounds and fiber. Some people use fruit diets to rid themselves of various chronic diseases. The truth is, added sugars are the real culprits in obesity and heart disease factors.

Some warn against carrot juice, which has a high glycemic index that promises to raise your blood sugar quickly. Again, it’s surrounded with healing compounds. The highly successful Gerson cancer therapy uses lots of carrots and apples freshly juiced.

Children books author Ann Cameron wrote a book about how she cured her cancer juicing five pounds of fresh organic carrots daily. But added sugars in processed foods and juices feed cancer cells.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly concentrated synthetic extraction from GMO corn. The extraction process involves mercury, a very toxic heavy metal. Despite HFCS manufacturers’ attempts to soften their product’s toxicity by claiming it’s natural and in fruit, the fact is this concentrated form of fructose is a disaster that competes with refined sugar as a poison.

It was developed as a substitute for cane or beet sucrose because it’s sweeter per volume and cheaper. Ironically, only the waste product syrup from sucrose processing is nutritionally beneficial – molasses.

Unlike sucrose (sugar), which is quickly used as energy, without nutritional value, sucrose is taken in by the liver. Whatever can’t be converted to energy fattens the liver. That’s something you don’t want with this multi-tasking large organ. It develops into non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and maybe even sclerosis of the liver. When the liver shuts down, you die.

It’s important to read labels and realize that sweeteners, sugars, fructose, and corn syrup can be camouflage terms for HFCS. Added refined sugars or sucrose is another toxic additive that are ubiquitous in sodas.

Maybe you won’t drop dead after a couple of sodas or even after drinking one or two a day. But your overall health can decline considerably. When purchasing fruit juices, look for “no added sugar” on the label.

What’s even more alarming is how much non-sweet processed foods contain combinations of sugar and salt that are calibrated to addict you toward eating more. Some scientists have stated added sugar is as highly addictive as cocaine.

Years ago I was told by a caterer that McDonald’s at that time indulged with that type of precooked seasoning that’s not noticed consciously with their french fries. Subliminal sugar added to get consumers hooked.

Low/No Fat Dieting Nonsense for Preventing Obesity and Heart Disease Was Wrong

Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a professor of pediatrics and obesity specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, delivered the most powerfully intriguing and entertaining video lecture on sugar and fructose available on line. It went very viral.

Lustig points out that during the early 1900s, the average American took in about 15 grams of fructose annually, mostly from eating fruits and vegetables. Today the average American consumes 55 grams a day with teenagers and children packing in 73 grams daily. Ten grams equates to a third of an ounce.

Dr. Lustig’s main concern is the increase in fructose. He says it’s worrisome because the increased amounts of HFCS since it first appeared in sodas and processed foods in the 1970s parallels increases in obesity, diabetes, and the new condition of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease that now affects up to one-third of Americans.

At Harvard, Lustig explained how the rapid rise in obesity, diabetes, and poor heart health has continued despite the almost manic pursuit of low and no fat diets. All these conditions increasing exponentially despite decades of no or low fat mania?

Margarine and processed vegetable oils for cooking and salads that were created to replace real fats are another very unhealthy matter. Dr. Lustig asserts it’s the refined sugar, especially fructose or HFCS, which is used in most sodas and processed foods that’s the culprit, not whole food healthy animal fats or saturated plant fats like coconut oil.

Cold pressed olive oil is an unsaturated fat that is healthy, unlike heat processed hydrogenated vegetable oils. Even the FDA has become aware of the dangers of trans-fatty acids in hydrogenated vegetable oils

Soda sizes have increased exponentially since those 6.5 ounce glass bottles of Coca-Cola during the 1950s. Double Big Gulp soda cups peaked at 64 ounces recently, but were sized down to 50 ounces by the 7-11 convenience store chain, mostly because the 64 oz size was too much for most vehicle cup holders.

Diet sodas are not the answer. They contain artificial sweeteners containing neurotoxins that kill brain and nervous system cells and are carcinogenic. But you know that by now, right?

Other animal and human tests have determined that HFCS in amounts that mimic SAD (standard American Diet) consumption do cause insulin resistance, the precursor to type 2 diabetes. And testing has also observed that HFCS rapidly affects the liver adversely even if consumed in moderate amounts, manifesting signs of early fatty liver development.

An Unusual Mouse Sugar Study At The University Of Utah

A large open air enclosed area for mice, crudely replicating indoor human habitats, used mice that normally tend to inhabit homes and restaurants. Though enclosed, it was not roofed, thus enabling researchers to observe male and female mice over a 32 week period.

Protected tubs and open trays with vertical tube feeding stations were used to feed sucrose and HFCS proportionally to mimic what most humans eat as SAD (standard American Diet) addicts.

The researchers discovered that female mice died earlier and had very poor reproduction cycles from the HFCS than sucrose. On the other hand, male mice showed no difference in toxicity from HFCS to sucrose or table sugar. Both were equally toxic, affecting their ability to hold a territory and reproduce.

The researchers concluded that all added sugars are toxic in some way, but HFCS is even worse.


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