Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar? | The New Yorker

Unless you’re a scientist, often the scientific research is so full of jargon that it’s hard to understand, let alone know what’s real and true.

Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar?

It’s one of many cautionary tales about assessing dietary data. Everyone wants to be healthy, and most of us like eating, so we’re easily swayed by any new finding, no matter how dubious. Publishers know this all too well and continually ply us with diet and health books of varying degrees of respectability and uplift. The most prominent on the current menu are Sylvia Tara’s “The Secret Life of Fat” (Norton) and “The Case Against Sugar,” by Gary Taubes (Knopf). Both present a range of cutting-edge dietary research, both say that fat is unfairly maligned, and both inadvertently end up revealing that the science behind their claims is complex and its findings hard to translate into usable advice.
 

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THE SURPRISING FOOD THAT MAY CAUSE ANGER & AGGRESSION

This is the story of one parent’s quest for the cause of over-the-top anger and aggression.

ODD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, may sound like every teenager you’ve ever met with symptoms of:

  • anger and irritable mood
  • aggressive
  • argumentative
  • vindictive
  • manipulative
  • lack of respect for authority

But these symptoms were occurring in a 6 year old child.  After eliminating sugar, food coloring and wheat, another devious food culprit was found.  Corn.  And as we know, corn hides under many names, just like sugar.  Read labels, and watch for:

  • dextrin
  • dextrose
  • maltodextrin
  • maltodextrose
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • corn starch
  • modified starch
  • xanthan gum
  • guar gum
  • sorbitol
  • xylitol
  • msg
  • GDL
  • and more!

The good news is, this story has a happy ending.  The symptoms abated with a change in diet.  This is an article well worth reading:

THE SURPRISING FOOD THAT MAY CAUSE ANGER & AGGRESSION: OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER

Sugar, Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Gout

From the Gout and You website, this article examines the role of sugar & HFCS in the development of gout and increased risk of gout attacks.

The culprit appears to be fructose which increases uric acid levels and when uric acid levels get high enough, they harden and crystallize which causes a gout attack to occur. Our modern day diet consists of a very high consumption of fructose, mainly in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

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How Sugar Fuels the Growth of Cancer

Researchers may be able to explain how sugar might fuel the growth of cancer. They say it boils down to one type of sugar in particular: fructose.  Tests in mice show a possible mechanism for how it happens. The findings, published in the journal Cancer Research, support studies that suggest people who consume more sugar have a higher risk of cancer — especially breast cancer.

The researchers fed mice four different diets that were either heavy in starch or heavy in different types of sugar. What they found is that “Any sugar helped make the tumors grow faster, but fructose did it significantly more. ”

The implications for people are clear. Cohen notes that fructose consumption in the U.S. surged from about half a pound a person a year in 1970 to more than 62 pounds a year in 1997. That’s mainly due to the broad use of high fructose corn syrup.

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