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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sugar: More on why it's bad for you

This letter from Harvard says too much fructose is bad for you because it makes fatty deposits in the liver. The liver takes sugar and converts it to fat. There are some images of a healthy liver, and fatty liver there. Some excerpts:
  1. Refined sugar, called sucrose, is half glucose and half fructose. High-fructose corn syrup is about 55% fructose and 45% glucose.
  2. Virtually unknown before 1980, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease now affects up to 30% of adults in the United States and other developed countries, and between 70% and 90% of those who are obese or who have diabetes.

This 2015 WHO report (PDF) says to limit calories from sugar to 10%.

And there's this post where a company in Australia says sugar is good for you, because they made a low glycemic index sugar: sucrose.

And another post from Harvard from 2014: "Too much sugar causes heart disease".

Take a look at this video of a presentation "Sugar: The Bitter Truth". It's 1.5 hours long but very interesting. A PDF of the slides is here.


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