My Post: This is an excellent article which covers many of the aspects of sugar addiction. However, the author, like so many others on this subject, seems unaware of the role of fructose. She speaks of “sugar” (sucrose) as if it is a simple compound. But it is not - it comprises a double molecule of glucose and fructose. Glucose is the universal fuel powering all (?) living animals. Fructose is the only carbohydrate we ingest which is NOT metabolised as glucose. Our bodies require about 10 grams a day to assist glucose to penetrate the cell walls. Anything in excess of that goes directly to the liver where it is converted to fat which is stored in the liver (leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver) &/or around the vital organs (leading to obesity). Fructose has also been shown to have causative links to many other diseases including Type-2 Diabetes, Insulin resistance, CVD, metabolic syndrome, depression and Alzheimer’s Disease, to name a few. Average Australian daily consumption of fructose is nearer to 30 grams than 10, which explains the obesity pandemic. Interested readers can check the facts by reference to Australian authors David Gillespie and Peter Dingle, and international ones such as Dr Robert Lustig of CLA, and the guy who first made the world aware of fructose (in 1972!!), Dr John Yudkin.
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