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Why We Get Fat. (English Original) Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D.

Show Notes

Are we eating too much or are we eating poorly? Fatty liver, a preventable disease

If the liver receives too much fructose it cannot handle its excess but how much is too much?. The liver turns sugar into fat and alcohol into fat.  45% of Americans have fatty liver disease. Eating cereal, juices, at breakfast injures the liver, as it takes the excess and converts it into fat.

The Latino population has a higher risk of consuming sugar, being more vulnerable, becoming insulin resistant and developing Diabetes 2.
We will share with Dr. Lustig  graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. Author of the book Metabolical: The Lure and Lies of Processed Foods, Nutrition and Modern Medicine, Fat Chance, The Hacking of the American Mind . Dr. Lustig has authored over 85 peer-reviewed articles and 30 reviews. He has mentored 20 pediatric endocrine fellows, and trained numerous other allied health professionals.

The effects of glucose and fructose.

Glucose is the energy of life, it is so important that if it is not consumed, the body produces it.  It is not necessary to consume it for life or in excess. People do not need fructose, since it is three times sweeter than glucose and can cause the same cirrhosis as alcohol.

Fruit is good but fruit juice is another story.

The food industry sells juice as fruit but they are not the same. Fruit juice is harmful because they are processed products, which lose their nutritional value.
Sugar is not dangerous because of its calories or because it is fattening. It is not a food.  When consumed in excess, it becomes an addictive toxin.

Become your own health expert:

To be aware of what we should do to take responsibility for our health it is important to take into account the following tests:

– Abdominal circumference: it should be less than 101 in men and 88 in women. 
– ALT test, liver function test, the maximum limit should be 25 but it has gone from 25 to 40, since almost everyone has a fatty liver.
– Uric acid test: indirect measure of protein and sugar intake. 
– Triglycerides in blood: They are a manifestation of the sugar in the organism.  They indicate what the liver is doing in the body. It is a way of testing insulin resistance.
– Fasting insulin:   Insulin levels is not related to obesity, but to metabolic health, which is much more important. It is the most important test to do

Eating real food is what the population should be induced to eat.

Two conditions that real food must have: protect the liver and feed the gut.  This means having a diet low in sugar and high in fiber.  

The gut must be a barrier.  When it becomes full of toxins, it becomes permeable, food is not processed well and passes into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut or intestinal hyper permeability has been linked to autoimmune diseases as well as the so common allergies to food an other environmental toxins.

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