Tonight I fully intended to share some of the findings I've come across on the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, however I will take a slightly different course. (But I will still get to the HFCS debate very soon because I do find it quite intriguing.)
So this thing with sugar has really been in the forefront of my mind for months now. You see, Fibromyalgia, (this thing that I have) seems to thrive on sugar. Meaning it makes you completely miserable. I friend of mine who has fibro much worse then me informed me early on to completely cut my sugar intake. Knowing the way that I was feeling at the time, that was a no brainer for me. If I wanted to feel better, cut the sugar. So I did. And what a world of difference it made for me. I felt so much better. Almost all of my complaints were gone. GONE!! (I cut the sugar before I started the whole food plant based diet, but this certainly catapulted me into it.) I still find that amazing. 10 years ago, I would have laughed this off completely.
So in all this reading and research I've been doing, a lot of the articles reference this lecture by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. And I got sucked into it tonight. I planned on sharing with you a much different post tonight, but I just finished watching this entire lecture and want to shift gears, slightly. He discusses what fructose does to your body and how it causes obesity. I found it to be quite compelling. "You are not what you eat, you are what you DO with what you eat."
The lecture is about an hour and a half long. It gets a bit boring int he middle (unless of course you are an organic chemistry/biology person and can understand the science of it all really well). But the last half hour I found the most interesting. If nothing else, watch just the last half hour. We'll discuss this in more detail tomorrow night.