Sure, Fructose Makes You Fat And Sick, But What About Sucrose And Starchy Carbs?

Filed under: Publications — @ August 7, 2008

Is it really just fructose that’s making us fat and unhealthy?

In an effort to keep things understandable by the average person visiting my blog, I like to keep things as simple as they can possibly be. You and I both know not everything is so black and white, but the trick is to get people at least thinking about a subject and hopefully digging deeper on their own to learn even more about it. That’s the essence of learning–get armed with a little truth and then investigate it further and further until comprehension takes place.

One such simplistic subject you often see me blog about is sugar. Yes, there’s that sweet-tasting white stuff known as sucrose, or table sugar, that millions of Americans put in their food and drinks each day without any regard for what it is doing to their bodies. An equally if not MORE harmful sugar is the evil high-fructose corn syrup that is showing up in about 90 percent of packaged foods these days. Food manufacturers made the switch from sucrose to fructose in the 1970s and our weight and health has suffered ever since.

That’s why I think it is awesome to see books coming out from major publishers blowing the horn on the harmful impact that sugar, both in the form of sucrose and fructose, is having on us. One such book that looked to be promising was the April 2008 release from Rodale called The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick by Dr. Richard Johnson. On face value, it sounds like a good book for people who are livin’ la vida low-carb to read. We pretty much all agree fructose is bad news and should be avoided.

Questions linger about what role sucrose and even sugar that is produced by starchy carbohydrates play in obesity and disease. Dr. Johnson apparently does not address this in his book and that had one of my readers very concerned. Although I have not yet read this book (but would like to!), this very concerned reader says now he’s confused.

Click here to see what my reader is concerned about regarding Dr. Johnson’s beliefs about fructose-only theory regarding obesity and disease and for an exclusive response from Gary Taubes about what Dr. Johnson wrote about in The Sugar Fix.


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