Friday, May 28, 2010

We Consume 56 gallons of Soda and 152 lbs of Sugar Annually Leading to Obesity, High BP, Cirrhosis, and Impotency

We Consume 56 gallons of Soda and 152 lbs of Sugar Annually Leading to Obesity, High BP, Cirrhosis, and Impotency

I thought until recently that obesity was entirely related to calories consumed. The recent Princeton study showed that at least in mice, High Fructose Corn Syrup HFCS (Corn Sugar) forces mice to eat more food than when an equal calories of cane sugar was in the diet. The exact reason is not know yet, but research by Dr. Johnson, a kidney doctor or nephrologist, now at Colorado University, may have found a way to stop the diabetes 2 epidemic which has led to an inordinate amount of kidney failures in Americans.

He looked at the metabolism of fructose to see why it seems to cause more harm. He found that about 30% of the metabolic products in the liver metabolism results in harmful low density lipoproteins, the bad cholesterol. In addition, he found that when fructose is metabolized in all our cells due to high fructose consumption producing more fructose enzymes in our cells, fructose depleted the ATP energy production process in cells and led to cell death.

Metabolism of DNA and other cell products leads to high Uric Acid levels which has been rising in Americans over the past 40 years Reagan decades where Republican control whether a Democrat or Republican President was in place where corporate profits trumped all other human needs. So Reagan wanted to improve the profitability of the corporations who produce our synthetic foods for human consumption which began in the Nixon administration with Secretary Butts.

First corn costs of production had to come down sharply. In the mid-1980s Reagan passed laws to increase the corn subsidies greatly which allowed it to be used as the base along with soybeans for essentially all our processed foods. Then they had to be stripped of fibers and nutrients so they can be frozen quickly and warmed quickly. Finally the tasteless or bad tasting food had to be sweetened with lots of sugar, but high levels of cane sugar had the bad habit of crystallizing out on standing so it could not be used.

Imported cane sugar from the Caribbean was cheap then, but Reagan also put a tariff on this corn so High Fructose Corn Syrup which does not crystallize, could be used in high amounts in manufactured foods using a Japanese enzymatic process to convert corn sugar to HFCS. This led to the Reagan Food Revolution and contributed greatly to produce corn fed cattle, hogs, and chicken in Factory Farms causing resistant bacteria in our foods due to heavy use of antibiotics, and hormones to increase the growth rate of these animals. and thereby contaminating our drinking water supply and poisoning our water supply used to wash vegetables.

Yes, the last e-coli kidney failures resulted from contaminated water used in washing organic lettuce. But it was not the common deadly 0157-H7, but other deadly e-coli bacteria contaminating the lettuce which are more difficult to develop a good test.

The Factory Farms refused to give a good non-corn diet two weeks before slaughter which results in basically e-coli free cattle.

See Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment" by David Kirby where he goes into detail why animals grown in feces and slaughtered without adequate cleaning.

Jim Kawakami, May 28, 2010,

Americans Consume 56 gallons of Soda and 152 lbs of Sugar Annually Leading to Obesity, High Blood Pressure, and Impotency Dr. Richard J. Johnson Video (10 min) and Dr Mercola's Comment.

... Dr. Haden Emerson, one of the first epidemiologists and a public health commissioner of New York, wrote a brilliant paper about the rise in diabetes in New York City. In it, he commented that people who got diabetes were wealthy, sedentary, white, and he posed that sugar was driving it, according to the information presented by Dr. Johnson.
Today, the average American is consuming 56 gallons of soda and 152 pounds of sugar-based sweeteners annually. Soda consumption has risen by 70 percent since 1977. Ten to 20 percent of children’s calories come from sugar -- and the top 20 percent of sugar-addicted children are getting 40 percent of their calories from sugar every single day.
It is no accident that childhood obesity is at a record high and life expectancy for the youngest generation is, for the first time, lower than that of their parents.
The worst type of sugar you can ingest is fructose, which may surprise you because it is derived from fruit.

Fructose Turns You Into a Uric Acid Factory

It’s been known for ages that meats and purine-rich foods can raise uric acid, but it turns out that one of the most profound ways to raise uric acid is by consuming the simple sugar fructose.
The chemical name for regular table sugar is sucrose, which is made up of two simple sugars, fructose and glucose, that are linked together.
Glucose and fructose are different types of simple sugars. After they are separated apart and broken down in your body they are metabolized using completely separate pathways. Glucose is utilized by every cell in your body -- in fact, your body was designed to use it for energy.
But fructose breaks down into a variety of waste products that are bad for your body, one of which is uric acid. As it turns out, uric acid drives up your blood pressure.
How does it do this?
Uric acid inhibits the nitric oxide in your blood vessels, and nitric oxide helps your vessels maintain their elasticity. Nitric oxide suppression leads to increases in blood pressure.
In fact, 17 out of 17 studies demonstrate that elevated uric acid levels lead to hypertension.
Thanks to Dr. Johnson’s research, we now know that fructose generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion. High levels of uric acid are normally associated with gout, but it has been long known that people with high blood pressure and kidney disease, and people who are overweight, often have elevated uric acid levels.
It was thought this increased uric acid resulted from the disease, but it appears now that it may have been CAUSING it!
Not surprisingly, uric acid levels have been increasing for the past hundred years.
When your uric acid level exceeds about 5.5 mg per dl, you have an increased risk for a host of diseases, including:
This is exactly why I am so passionate about educating you about the dangers of fructose! I am thoroughly convinced it’s one of the leading causes of a great deal of needless suffering from poor health and premature death.
One of the other professionals who truly opened my eyes and educated me on this issue is Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California in San Francisco.
If you still haven’t watched his very popular and excellent lecture on the dangers of fructose and other sugars, I strongly recommend you take the time to do it. (I’ve published it in two parts. Click here for part 1, and here for part 2.)

Glucose Makes Fructose Even More Potent!

Fructose consumption clearly causes insulin resistance, whereas straight glucose does not. Insulin resistance can eventually lead to full blown diabetes.
Interestingly, glucose actually accelerates fructose absorption. So when you mix glucose and fructose together, you absorb more fructose than if you consumed fructose alone. This is an important piece of information if you are struggling to control your weight.
Remember, sucrose, or table sugar, is exactly this blend -- fructose plus glucose.

Is Fruit Bad?

If you are craving something sweet, your best bet is to reach for an apple or a pear. And if you give yourself a sugar holiday for even a couple of weeks, you will be amazed at how much those cravings will decrease. But be sure and count the grams of fructose and keep your total fructose from fruit below 15 grams per day as you are sure to consume plenty of "hidden" fructose in the other foods you will be eating.

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