In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year (in the form of fruit) to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America.
Sugar at that dose is a toxin. And high fructose corn syrup is the worst toxin.
High fructose corn syrup is the real driver behind our current epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. It contains mercury and other contaminants and is a marker of poor quality, processed food.
Watch this week’s House Call with me, Dr. Hyman to learn more about this poison in our food supply, where it hides, and how you can purge it from your kitchen and your life for good.
Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, calls fructose a poison. He explores through biochemistry and case studies about the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
Some research has suggested that fructose may stimulate a hormonal response in the body that promotes weight gain, while other studies have hypothesized that fructose, vs. other forms of sugar, may trick you into thinking you are hungrier than you should be.
The expert view is that fructose may only be one ingredient causing people to gain weight, but other factors should be looked at, and overall calorie intake is likely high in obese people. Limit your consumption of fructose sweetened beverages and snack foods just as you would any simple carb. Get your carbs from whole grains and veggies instead. They suggest reading labels carefully and when you need a sweet, try to choose fruit over artificial candy and beverages.
The fact of the matter here is that added sugars, in any form, can be a significant factor in obesity.