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If this doesn’t get you reading labels, nothing will

September 1, 2009

Quoth Lucas: “Very interesting (though long) presentation about the dangers of a high fructose diet.”

To put it another way, take 90 minutes (a short period of time in pre-Internet days) and get lifesaving insights into diet from a pediatric endocrinologist who pals around with biochemists. 

Dr. Lustig isn’t a great speaker – he’s unveiling a dietary and political/economic scandal and sounds perpetually pissed off throughout the whole presentation.  But if you think “a calorie is a calorie”, as I did, the time will be very well spent.  Short-short-short version: fructose metabolizes about the way alcohol does, as a chronic hepatotoxin, with biochemical spinoffs that raise blood pressure and create more fat per calorie.  If you heard differently, you heard it from the industry lobby.

Here’s my question though: when will people in health and education fields get continuing education credits for watching stuff like this on YouTube, and how will the credits be decided and assigned?  It certainly would be a worthy assignment.  We’re in a new information transmission architecture before knowing how to make best institutional use of it.

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  1. September 7, 2009 at 16:04 | #1

    I especially liked this video as I enjoy learning about new information that breaks down myths or ideas. And the science behind it was interesting even though I didn’t understand a lot of the chemistry. I had an A&P class in college (probably the hardest class I took in my career) that covered only a smidgen of this material so there were a few buzzwords I got excited that I knew, like ATP.

    On a different note, I have heard before that fructose was bad, I just never new any science behind it. As my information on the topic came from health food nuts and people that are close to me that I would put into that category. Now I know there is something to this besides what the hippie at the health food store thinks.

    Also this shows that there is more to organic food than many economists will make you think. Sure there isn’t a big payoff in terms of nutritional benefit, but you will be hard pressed to find any organic item with fructose as an ingredient. And it would also appear from the video that some of the cost difference between organic and inorganic is the artificial pricing of fructose compared to real sugar. Even though I am sure some of the markup on organic items comes from the title they can apply.

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