In my last post I was writing about Robert Lustig’s belief that table sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup can cause a number of deadly diseases, such as hypertension, heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Here is a short, video taste of Lustig’s ideas about sugar:
Lustig notes that for many decades, the medical community has been focusing on cholesterol and high fat diets as the poisonous culprits to avoid. For evidence, medical researchers would point to the typical Japanese diet. Until recently this diet was low in harmful fats, and until recently the percent of the Japanese population suffering from the above set of diseases was low.
But Lustig points out that during the same time period, the Japanese diet was also low in sucrose and high fructose corn syrup. Somehow, the medical community conveniently ignored this fact. Now that the Japanese are eating more sugar and high fructose corn syrup, they are beginning to suffer western diseases in greater numbers.
Interestingly, though Lustig only mentions this a little in the video I have displayed in this post, when we eat sweets, we tend to store more fat, and feel hungry sooner. Whereas when we eat more complex carbohydrates with fiber, or when we eat protein, we feel satisfied for longer.
Alas, our love of sugary foods is part of our evolution as a species. Back in the prehistoric days, sugar was so scarce, it was like a condiment, enhancing the flavor of an otherwise pretty bland diet. Eating sugar is like eating mustard!
So once again, in order to eat healthy, one of the things modern humans must do is eat a more prehistoric diet. Say no to everything that used to be scarce. That means everything the supermarkets are full of!