Beware of Fructose-Rich Corn Syrup – Fructose Fattens the Liver

Majid Ali, M.D.

Once fructose was called fruit sugar. Since fruit was considered healthful, fruit sugar by association was considered good. That was before corn was harvested to produce fructose-rich corn syrup to mass-produce sugary sodas and other foods. Now fructose is fueling pandemics of fatty (greasy) liver and insulin toxicity.


Greasy Liver

Insulin toxicity is the scourge of our time which delivers the three Big Ds: Diabetes, dialysis, and dementia. Among the first signs of such toxicity is fatty (greasy) liver, a condition of impaired liver detox pathways.


Two Sugars

Fructose and glucose are the two major sugars of human metabolism. They have the same caloric value, but this is where the commonality ends. The two sugars are metabolized differently and fructose is far more fattening (hence fermenting and inflaming).

Direct experimental evidence for this comes from mice studies conducted at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois. They fed one group of mice a diet in which 18% of the calories came from fructose – similar to the intake of this sugar of American adolescents for two-and-a-half months. The second group of mice was fed a diet with 18% of the calories from glucose. The study showed that fructose-fed mice had significantly higher body weight, liver mass, and fat mass. Not unexpectedly, these mice were less active.


Suggested  Reading:

Dr. Ali’s Insulin Toxicity Course

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