I trust each of you have enjoyed Christmas and are looking forward to a New Year. As we continue celebrating during this holiday season, we need to take care of over-consumption of sugar. Although unpopular, I feel it my duty to warn about the dangers of this poison.
Evidence is clear that sugar is a primary factor in obesity and chronic diseases. Sugar is toxic to our body and is a causative factor of most cancers. It is only a matter of time before this will be commonly accepted.
Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, is one of the leading experts on childhood obesity, and has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted the major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used by the human body. Dr. Lustig's lecture, Sugar: The Bitter Truth went viral on YouTube in July, 2009, and has had over 2 million views. If you have not watched it yet, I encourage you to do so.
Dr. Lustig states, It's a poison by itself,"
"If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years," the NYT says. "But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them."
Fructose is the damaging factor is sugar. This includes all forms of fructose: fruit, rice syrup, Agava, corn syrup, fruit, fruit juices, date sugar, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup. How excessive fructose is so damaging is that it elevates uric acid which decreases nitric oxide, raises angiotensin, and causes our smooth muscle cells to contract, this then raises blood pressure which can damage the kidneys. The increased uric acid also leads to chronic, low-level inflammation, which is detrimental to our health.
An example of this is that chronically inflamed blood vessels lead to heart attacks and strokes. Chronic inflammation is also linked to some cancers.
There are more than 3,500 articles to date showing a strong relationship between uric acid and obesity, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, kidney disease, and other conditions.
It is best to limit one's fructose consumption to 25 grams a day.
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Amy Willis, Your Local Herbalist