Beware of Fructose (Ep. 6)
What is the thing about sugar that makes it so bad? As you can guess from the title, it is fructose. This simple sugar plays a major role in metabolic disease and addiction. We go over what fructose is, why it is so addictive, why it leads to metabolic instability, and what to do moving forward. If I had to sum everything up into a single sentence, it would be this. Stay away from fructose, and especially keep it from your kids. The kids are the only shot we have at rooting this out of our society. We, as adults, have already become addicted to sugar. We fully accept and embrace it in our society. But the kids haven’t experienced that yet. They still have hope, and I truly believe that is how we will get rid of this nasty substance. As Max Planck said, “A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
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Resources mentioned in the show:
Robert Lustig’s review on fructose:
- Lustig R. (2013). Fructose: It’s “Alcohol Without the Buzz”. Advances in Nutrition 4(2): 226-235.
Research on how fructose leads to metabolic problems and organ fat:
- DiNicolantonio JJ, Mehta V, Onkaramurthy N, O’Keefe JH. (2017). Fructose-induced inflammation and increased cortisol: A new mechanism for how sugar induces visceral adiposity. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2017.12.001.