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Is sugar in beverages the leading cause of obesity and heart disease?

by (0) Updated March 27, 2014 at 7:20 AM Created February 04, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I saw the documentary below that highlights that although sugar does not contain as much calories as fat, it has such an impact on the chemistry of our body and our way of dealing with incoming calories that is it one the leading causes of obesity. This even highlights fruit juice as a real probably problem since it allow us to intake way more fructose(sugar) than we ever would if we were eating the fruits. Plus the fiber that helps us process the sugar in the best way, is significantly reduced between the fruit and the juice. Do you feel this is true and could this mean diet drinks with no sugar are better for our health than fruit juice?

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0 · March 27, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Sugar Nutrition UK claims that there are no consensus evidences of scientific evidences of sugar causing obesity and heart diseases. Many Press releases and news outlets have being focused on between high sugar consumption and rise of obesity and diabetes.

Fox news has given the list of reasons of obesity. The list is as follows

1) Pollution

2) Medicines

3) Sleep

4) Population age

5) Ancestors environment etc

But the list does not consist of any discussion on Sugar.Other press release site has included Insulin, Leptin that are related to Sugar but does not give concise evidences.

For heart diseases high amount of sugar in the blood is one of the major causes.

The point I want to clear is that Sugar is not the only major cause for obesity but definitely contributes or one of the major cause in heart diseases.

0 · February 06, 2014 at 3:10 AM

it is contributing, but only because sugar is an easy to consume energy dense substance and for some strange reason people are caring less and less about their health

962 · February 05, 2014 at 11:15 PM

At least we all agree that smoking is not an issue. A contributing factor maybe, but the Kitava study has shown once and for all that it is something else.

0 · February 05, 2014 at 10:33 AM

@thhq , You're focusing on one term — vegetarian — and I don't think your anti-vegetarian crusade is particularly logical. There's nothing inherently "vegetarian" about what Kellogg produces: while the ingredients might be grain-centric, pro-vegetarianism is not the rationale as to why this company (or any company) uses disproportionate amounts of grains and vegetable matter in their products. It's called profit margins. It's cheaper to make products out of GMO soy and of modernized wheat than out of animal matter... and the companies wind up with larger profit margins.

And Kellogg isn't WHY you became obese and diabetic: sure, you acquiesced to marketing tactics, but more so to the ease/convenience of pouring a bowl of cereal instead of cooking up fresh meals on your own. It's also an issue of affordability. Your bowl of flakes was undoubtably cheaper than a piece of grass-fed steak.

Isn't being Paleo also about taking responsibility for one's food and lifestyle choices? You make a conscious decision to eat in a manner counter to modern traditions for the sake of your own health. I would think that being successful in that would also require taking responsibility for one's past eating choices. No one forced you to eat a bowl of cereal... or a Big Mac or a Big Gulp... just as no one forced you to go Paleo. Personal responsibility and choice...

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0 · February 04, 2014 at 9:53 PM


Grains are sugar. Salivary amylases break down complex carbs (sans fiber) as soon as they hit your mouth, the pancreas finishes the job. Fat is not the problem unless one eats nothing but pork fat for all daily meal courses.

High carbs raise triglycerides and produce A LOT of small LDL (atherogenic) particles.

Have beverages contained sugar for thousands of years? The most abundant beverage is water.

Kombucha, coconut milk and water, mead, beer, wine, sake have carbohydrates but these have no added carbs. Tea and coffee are essentially carb-free.

There was rampant obesity in upper classes and clergy in Europe even in middle ages and earlier - sedentary and overindulgent people get fat. Being fat then was a badge of honor.

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10077 · February 04, 2014 at 9:38 PM

No. Overeating is. Sugar in beverages is part of that, but beverages have contained sugar for thousands of years without creating an obesity crisis. Read the SAD news here: added fat consumption up 67% since 1970, grain consumption up 41%, added sugar consumption up 19%. Meat and dairy are up too, but only by 6%. The average American has increased diet calories enormously over the last 45 years. And almost all of that comes from vegetable sources. It's a vegetarian nightmare scenario.

962 · February 04, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Leading, intended as the single most important, is probably correct. But there are other factors which have a similar impact. Sugar in foods, processed foods, high doses of omega 6, high inflammation foods all are in the same ballpark.

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0 · February 04, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Yes it is true, and it is more like knowing than feeling. The most recent AP article further substantiates this:

Bottom line is that, ultimately, sugar intake may lead to - and in many people does - early death and obesity and heart disease are merely manifestations.

I think that if your GI system doesn't sense the bulk to match that huge sugar load you got with soda or a glass of orange juice, it makes you hungrier.

This is exacerbated with diet drinks - your brain senses you got something sweet but no bulk and calories to match, so off you go and binge. Diet sodas and diet food in general (low fat, "whole grain" BS which just get broken up to simple carbs, etc.) are appetite stimulators.

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