October 06th 2008 - In his new special report, The 5 Foods You Should Never Eat, Dr. LaValle shows you which foods he warns patients to remove from their shopping carts at the supermarket -- and why.
Number one on the list of worst food ingredients: high-fructose corn syrup. This metabolic wrecking ball elevates insulin resistance, triggers metabolic syndrome, depresses the immune system, interferes with the body’s ability to burn glucose, and causes dangerous depletion of key minerals including chromium, zinc, and magnesium.
Fructose is a prescription for metabolic disaster that can lead to a host of health problems including early onset of diabetes and weight gain. Reason: fructose cuts your production of leptin, the hormone that tells us we are full.
The average American is getting more fructose than ever before. A study in the July 9 Medscape Journal of Medicine found that, on average, our intake of fructose increased from about 35 grams (a little over 1 ounce) per day in the late 1970s to about 55 grams (almost 2 ounces) per day now. That may not sound like much, but 2 ounces of fructose per day is almost 46 pounds a year!
That's serious news, because fructose has a rap sheet about a mile long:
1. It increases the risk of high LDL cholesterol - which increases the risk of heart attack threefold.
2. It increases triglycerides in the blood, a strong predictor of heart disease.
3. It increases uric acid in the blood, which causes gout and increases blood pressure.
4. It stimulates appetite by affecting leptin (a hunger-suppressing hormone) and ghrelin (a hunger-stimulating hormone.)
5. It decreases adiponectin, a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity in cells.
Where are we getting all that fructose? Well, it occurs naturally in fruits and other foods, like table sugar and honey. But the popular processed sweetener high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the main culprit.
So check the labels. And avoid foods with HFCS. These include soft drinks, fruit juice drinks, fruit rolls/fruit chew-type snacks, sweetened teas, fruit smoothies, and ketchup. And limit your intake of anything with high amounts of natural fructose - like fruit juices - as well.
While HFCS has the same glycemic index as table sugar (85-92), numerous studies show that it behaves differently in the body - short-wiring our metabolism, encouraging fat storage, and causing lipid dysfunction.
In fact, between 1970 (when HFCS was introduced) and 2000 (when the average annual consumption of HFCS reached 73.5 pounds per person!), the prevalence of obesity more than doubled. The incidence of metabolic syndrome and Type II diabetes has also increased.
[Ed. Note: It truly is possible to improve your health just by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. James B. LaValle, RPh, ND, CCN - founder of the LaValle Metabolic Institute and a nationally recognized expert on natural therapies - can give you easy-to-understand directions for living the healthy life you've always wanted.
Timothy A Mast
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Dr James B LaValle and the American Journal of Medicine. This was not written by me.