Friday, May 16, 2014

The #1 way you can increase your chance of dying

by Marilyn Sidwell 
Reviewed June 2016
The headline of the article, published in Women'sHealthmag.com, is: "Fructose Intake Linked to Slightly Higher Risk of Death".  The article is by Laura Tedesco and refers to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Laura says that "Women who eat the most sugar have a 10% higher risk of dying from any cause, compared to the average person".  I wonder, since when is 10% a slight risk?  If it happens to you, it is 100%.

There are many studies linking fructose (which is about 50% of sucrose) to a variety of problems, such as cancer and heart disease.  But those who consume high quantities of sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices are at greater risk.

Recently our Nutritional Consultant, John W Jones, MD, MPH, reported on a world wide link between Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and increased intake of high fructose corn syrup.  The  study that links fructose intake to death proposes that sugars from beverages are rapidly absorbed, resulting in significant blood sugar spikes.

I postulate that this blood sugar rise mimics the high from alcohol consumption...

The article in Woment'sHealthMag identifies some common sources of fructose.  Besides fruit juices and soft drinks, check out the sugar (carbohydrate) content of preserves, applesauce, dried fruit (Craisins) and candy.

For years Dr Jones has encouraged patients to adopt the Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle Modification.  There are several good clinical studies that indicate that this diet improves ALL of the cardiovascular risk factors, despite the amount of fat in the diet.  The ideal carbohydrate intake per day is about 40 grams (forget counting calories).  He encourages people to read labels and obey serving size recommendations.  It doesn't matter whether you choose to eat a candy bar or a small Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie, you just ingested 2 or 3 days worth of carbohydrates - and are limited to 0 carbohydrate foods for the next few days.  That's my way of trying to make a point.

The problem is that it is very easy to incorporate a lot of sugar into our daily diets.  And the intake from seemingly 'healthy' sources can be quite high.  Switching to artificial sugars may also be dangerous - especially if your intake of sweet liquids remains high.   Our article called Sweet Poison describes one person's severe health problems which were traced to Aspartame in her pop.

Ah, habits are so hard to break.  

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