Is sugar slowly killing you? Read this and add years to your life. (Part 1 of 2)
Sugar is made up of two molecules: glucose and fructose. When they reach your stomach, they separate. Glucose is good. It's the "energy of life." It circulates throughout the body and feeds your muscles and your brain.
Fructose, on the other hand, goes straight to your liver. When there's too much of it going to your liver, your liver turns it into liver fat. And it's liver fat that is the cause for disease such as cancer and heart disease.
There are two important things to take away from this:
Too much fructose in your diet is extremely harmful to your future well-being; and
About 50% of the sugar you consume is made up of fructose. It’s important to note that natural sugars are preferred over refined sugars because when you include fruit in your diet you also receive vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Fructose intake has dramatically risen over the last forty years or so.
Prior to World War II it's estimated that Americans consumed between 16 and 24 grams of fructose per day. A 1977-78 USDA Nationwide Food consumption Survey found the number had risen to 37 grams per day. In 1994, that number had skyrocketed to 54.7 grams per day according to the NHanes III study. Even more alarming was the intake by adolescents which is now 72.8 grams per day.
Again, keep in mind, the above numbers refer to fructose only. The numbers would be double that for sugar, totaling approximately 109 grams of sugar for adults and 155 grams for adolescents.
So what do these numbers mean to you?
I'll answer that in the next issue of the newsletter. I'll not only address what they mean, but I’ll provide you with some actionable steps that could add years to your life.
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