It’s Sunday, time for another YouTube video.
I’m thinking about turning this into a regular feature on my blog.
Each Sunday, posting an interesting health related video with a bit of commentary.
What do you think?
How Excess Sugar Can Harm Your Liver And Give You Diabetes
The topic is fructose (from added sugar and high fructose corn syrup) and how an excess of it can poison your liver and make you fat and diabetic.
A few points:
- Statistical analysis reveals that refined sugar is the only “food” that correlates directly with the diabetes epidemic.
- According to this analysis, it is 50 times more potent than total calories at explaining diabetes rates, worldwide.
- Sugar contains both Fructose and Glucose. These molecules are related and look similar, but are very different to the body’s cells.
- The only organ that can metabolize Fructose is the liver.
- Fructose is a “chronic, dose-dependant liver toxin” — basically: long-term, high consumption of fructose makes your liver sick.
- Always be suspicious of low-fat products because they may contain a lot of sugar.
The video is 9 minutes long.
Lustig has obviously stirred a lot of feathers in the nutrition community, especially the “calories in, calories out” folks.
It is true that fructose isn’t harmful unless in the context of caloric excess, and Lustig is quick to point this out.
Therefore, healthy diets that include fruit (which have a low energy density) are NOT in any way harmful because your liver is very capable of processing moderate amounts of fructose.
What Lustig says applies to excess consumption of fructose in the form of added sugar and HFCS. It does not apply to moderate consumption of fruit. Period.