Today’s Children May Have Shorter Life Expectancy Than Parents-Why?

by Jennifer Boudreau on June 3, 2013

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while nobody's lookingResearch has shown that children are receiving liver transplants due to too much consumption of sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Both have a direct link to Fatty Liver Disease. In addition, it is being predicted that this generation of children will have a shorter life span than their parents. Our food and beverages are a problem. They are a BIG problem and our kids are especially vulnerable.

You may be thinking that sugar has been in our food supply for ages and we turned out just fine. So what is the problem? The issue is relatively new, and we have the low fat craze of the 80’s to blame for it. When everyone started stressing about the amount of fat in products, food manufacturers started taking out the fat. As a result, the food tasted terrible, so manufacturers added sugar to make it edible. Nowadays, sugar and HFCS is in everything including bread, condiments, and most processed foods. To add insult to injury, you see kids drinking soda and sugary beverages at a very young age. I do not remember this when we were kids. Sugar and HFCS are cheap, but when consumed at high levels, not only does it make you obese, it destroys your liver.

How does the liver damage occur? I will spare you the extreme scientific detail that Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, explains in his lecture titled “Sugar: The BitterTruth”. Dr. Lustig uses the example of orange juice. Say 60% of the sugar in a glass of orange juice is glucose and 40% is fructose. The glucose portion is not the problem because EVERY cell in your body can utilize glucose. He refers to glucose as “the energy of life.” Fructose, on the other hand, can be bad for you. The entire portion of fructose hits your liver because only the liver can metabolize fructose. Dr. Lustig compares the liver damage from fructose to be similar to that caused by ethanol (alcohol). There are many similarities between the two which is why he firmly believes sugar is indeed a toxin. If you watch his video, he goes in to great detail as to why ethanol and fructose are easily compared when it comes to your liver.

You may be wondering if fructose can be so bad for you, then why is eating fruit ok? Fruit has fructose, right? Yes, you are correct! The difference between eating a piece of fruit and drinking fruit juice is the fiber. There is a reason why fiber is so critical to our diet. The fiber reduces how quickly the food or drink is absorbed in your intestines, which protects your liver from getting hit with all that fructose at once. Dr. Lustig recommends that if you are going to consume fiber-less fructose, then add some form of fiber to it. The best piece of advice is to bag the sugary beverages, including juice and the highly processed foods, including fast food. Fast food generally has very little fiber in it making it easier for restaurants to freeze and preserve the food as needed. Eat whole, real food as much as possible.

The problem with the food supply in this country is not our fault. The food supply is practically impossible to navigate because it has become overly processed with ingredients no one can even pronounce, let alone know what they are and how they’ll affect our body. Simply do your best. If obesity or excessive sugar is a problem in your home, I highly suggest you check out Dr. Lustig’s website, Responsible Foods.

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