Good Morning, God!
How long ago was it, God, that I read about how superior fructose was to regular sugar? Am I imagining that? Anyway, the news coming out about the dangers of fructose is unsettling.
At first I thought that this doesn’t affect me all that much personally. Ever since hearing Mayo Clinic urge us to EAT fruit, DON’T DRINK IT, that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing. Kit and I don’t have orange juice for breakfast. After all, when you can have papaya or grapefruit — why would you drink orange juice?
That’s really all I thought about orange juice, God, until I read Tim Ferris’s book, The 4-Hour Body. In the book he lists the stats for his blood tests before and after two weeks of adding 30 oz. of orange juice to his normal diet. YIKES! It was SCARY! All the bad stuff went up and the good stuff went down.
Going online I found a good summary of the problem with fructose, God. You were so smart (DUH!) You packaged the fructose with enough fiber to mostly counteract the impact. But, we have tossed out the fiber and gone straight to the juice. And since fructose is cheaper to make — and companies need more sugar to make low-fat food taste better — it is now in just about everything!
What surprised me in all of this is that fructose 1) doesn’t trigger the hormone leptin, which makes us fill full and 2) has to be processed by the liver. “Fructose is a chronic hepatotoxin — “it’s alcohol without the buzz.” That quote is from Dr. Weeks quoting a talk by Dr. Robert Lustig at the UCSF Medical School.
So, God, fruit without fiber — fructose — isn’t just as bad as regular sugar, it’s worse. A liver toxin! Yikes!