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Fat and Salt Myths Continue

A recent article on Netscape says 34% of Americans are now obese as  compared to 15% in 2000.  High blood pressure has increased slightly during the past 10 years from 28% to 29%. These increases are blamed on eating more fat and more salt.

There are no statistics in the article. Other sources say that eating fat has been decreasing while consumption of sugars, expecially high fructose corn syrup, keeps increaseing from the 150 pounds per person noted in 2005.

Eating fat doesn’t make you fat. It helps you feel satisfied so you don’t consume too many carbohydrates, especially sweet liquids. It keeps the cellular enzymes that burn fat, the most efficient dietary fuel.  Without enough dietary fat the enzymes that make fat out of carbohydrates increase dramatically and you get fatter.

Dietary salt does not cause high blood pressure. Your healthy kidneys can excrete it if you get more than you need.  Historically most high blood pressure has been caused by smoking since nicotine makes your heart beat faster but meanwhile causes your blood vessels to  get clamp down and get narrower. High insulin and high stress hormones can also raise your blood pressure.

Many Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

My book mentions the separate research by Dr. Bantle, Minne.U. and Dr. Reiser of the USDA. They found that high-frucatose corn syrup produced a lot of LDL-cholesterol and blood fats in both diabetics and normals.

Dr. Dana Flavia in the October 2008 issue of Life Extension cites later research that shows many harmful effect of high-fructose corn syruup. Its use over the past thirty years parallels the increase in obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver, high uric acid and more aging of all cells.

AGE stands for advanced glycation end products. These are formed when excess sugars bind with proteins in cell walls. This makes them prone to injury, causing inflammation and deposts of cholesterol in blood vessels. These glycation end products can also damage cells in kidneys, nerves and the retina. This type of damage from high blood glucose has been seen for years in diabetics. However, fructose has ten times the cross-linkage rate with proteins as glucose so does much more damage.

Fructose is metabolized differently than glucose. It goes to the liver and is often changed into LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides (fats). Some gets into the blood stream to clog your arteries. Some fats stay in your liver cells, causing cirrhosis just like excess alcohol

High-fructose corn syrup can also raise uric acid, a cause of gout. This was shown in a study of 15,000 Americans and a 2008 Canadian study. A Harvard study showed an increase of kidney stones from this high uric acid.

If you’re told you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol or blood fats, don’t blindly take pills to get these values down. Think what might be causing them. Too many people think that fat or cholesterol in their blood vessels must be from animal foods, despite the fact that humans have eaten fat and cholesterol for eons of time. But in the last hundred years, food manufacturers have given you many artificial products. They want you to think that anything derived from a plant must be good and it it’s from an animal it must be bad. Recently doctors realized that trans-fats in Crisco and margarines are not used by the body as are natural saturated fats, lard and butter.  How long will it take to get medical and public acceptance of the fact that high-fructose corn syrup causes more damage to your body?

Table sugar has one molecule of fructose to each molecule of glucose. It’s use has increased from 20 pounds a person per year in the 19th Century to 100 pounds by 1970 and now with the addition of high-fructose corn syrup, 150 pounds of sweeteners a year.  Our bodies over the centuries have not been programmed to cope with so much sugar, especially the huge amounts of high-fructose corn syrup added to most manufactured foods and beverages.  It is ruining our health and might be the main cause of the ever increasing cost of health care as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic diseases keep going up.

Just say no to sweet soft drinks. Diet drinks with Aspartame cause other problems.

Read labels and use table sugar for your rare dessert or Stevia (from a tropical leaf) to sweeten your coffee or tea.

Take control of your health by using natural foods and beverages.

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Obesity is not a Cause of Diabetes or Heart Disease

Recent information on the media said that almost 10% of health spending in the U.S. is on persons with obesity. This amounts to an extra $1400 per person per year or 147 Billion dollars. The implication is that obese persons are prone to get more diabetes and heart disease.

The real connection is that eating or drinking foods containing sugars and simple starches causes diabetes and heart disease along with obesity. Some doctors say that when their patients lose as few as ten or twenty pounds, they decrease chances of diabetes or heart disease. Doesn’t it make sense to suggest that in order to lose those pounds they had to change their diet and have fewer sugars or other carbohydrates?

Remember consuming excess sugar raises insulin which “opens the gates” for all cells to absorb blood glucose. If it’s not used immediately for energy it becomes fat.

Excess blood glucose also combines with the proteins in the cell walls of blood vessels in a process called glycation that makes these cell walls stiffer and prone to injury leading to a collection of cholesterol at the site.

Even worse, high-fructose corn syrup, present in soft drinks and more and more foods in the past twenty or thirty years causes the person’s liver to make the “bad” LDL-cholesterol and also blood fats (tri-glycerides) from the high-fructose corn syrup. The excess cholesterol is easily oxidized and becomes part of the plaque that clogs blood vessels.

By 1970 as the use of lard and butter went down, sugar consumption increased to 100 pounds of sugar per person per year. By 2005, the use of sweeteners, especially High-fructose corn syrup, went to 150 pounds per person per year. During this time, many low-fat and no-fat foods were used by most people. The fattest people say they eat no fat at all and continually get fatter.

Studies on mice show that when they get no fat in their diet, the enzymes in their livers that turn dietary carbohydrates into fat increase by 2600%.

Obese Sumo wrestlers on balanced diets don’t suffer from lots of diabetes or heart disease so it seems simplistic to think that obesity itself causes these conditions.

Excess proteins can also be turned easily into blood glucose and then fat.

Eating a moderate amount of fat doesn’t make you fat. It keeps you from getting hungry and binging on sugars. Your body is not genetically programmed to use all that sugar. The result is an increase of diabetes and heart disease along with obesity.

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