July 26, 2017
PRESS CONFERENCE: FATS AND SUGARS: FRIENDS OR FOES?
Local and international studies show that excessive levels of fructose could lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, raising risks for health problems such as diabetes. Related to this are the metabolic risks of overweight and obesity. Organized by the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation, Inc. (PCDEF), world-renowned endocrinologist, Dr. Robert H. Lustig, and Father of Philippine Endocrinology, Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua, will discuss the interdependencies among metabolism, added sugar and food intake, and help educate in making wiser dietary choices.
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(Editor’s note: The starting time may change due to scheduling constraints.)
Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specializes in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity.
- The US cannot afford our healthcare crisis. That means you in the Philippines won’t be able to afford a health care crisis. Which is why it is important to know what is going on. You can’t fix healthcare until you fix health, and you can’t fix health unless you fix diet.
- We were told that dietary fat makes you fat. That fat is the bad guy. We now know that sugar is really the bad guy.
- It’s not about obesity, it’s about diabetes. They say you get fat, you get sick, that it is the fat that makes you fat. If you eat less fat, you eat less calories and it will get better — it doesn’t work.
- There is a correlation between diabetes and obesity. But there are countries that can be obese without being diabetic – and can be diabetic without being obese. Obesity is increasing worldwide at 1% per year. Yet diabetes is increasing worldwide at 4% per year.
- If obesity is the cause of diabetes, then why are the normal weight people getting diabetes too? People don’t die of obesity – people die of the diseases that travel with obesity – we call them metabolic syndrome.
- 80% of the obese people in the US are sick, that’s 57 million people. But 20% of the obese are healthy. 40% of the normal weight population have the same disease – that’s 67 million people. They don’t get it at the same rate, but they still have the same diseases for the same reasons. That means 124 million people are sick – that’s half of the population in the US. That’s why it is a health crisis.
- It is not about the obesity epidemic…it is about the diabetes epidemic. It isn’t about behavior or calories, but the kind of calories and what happens inside the body.
- Your sugar consumption is killing you and you can’t fix this until you fix the food. You can’t solve healthcare until you solve health, and you can’t solve health until you solve diet.
- We now have the paper trail and data that shows sugar, not fat, is the cause of all those diseases.
- You’re right, sugar is on everything. It creates a dopamine surge, it’s a ‘reward’. They put it on all the food because it is cheaper.
- Fructose is sugar in fruit. When you take the juice out of fruit, you take out the important part – fiber. When you consume the fiber, it forms a lining on your stomach that controls the absorption of sugar. When you take that out of the fruit and just take the juice, you take in all the sugar and water. It’s like taking soda. So eat the fruit, not the juice.
- You only need 5 things to live: water, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and mineral. That’s all you need. Everything else is not necessary. Carbohydrate is not on that list. you can make glucose. Your liver can make glucose from protein.
- Every diet that works have 2 things in common: Low sugar, high fiber.
- There are two definitions of sugar and fat and the food industry has used them interchangeably to confuse people. There’s blood sugar and there’s dietary sugar. Dietary sugar is glucose-fructose. Blood sugar is blood glucose. With fat there are 2 definitions – there’s fat around your middle [body fat] and there’s dietary fat. Does the fat you eat contribute to your body fat? the answer is, it does not. Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.
- There are 7 classes of fats: Omega 3 fatty acids (healthy, anti-inflammatory, anti alzheimers), Monounsaturates (olive oil, oleic acids), Polyunsaturated acids, saturated fat [these are cardiovascularly neutral – there’s dairy saturated fats and red meat saturated fat], medium chain triglycerides, omega 6 fatty acids (it’s in all the seed oils), trans fat (synthetically made).
- Omega 3 is found in wild salmon. you get it from certain green vegetables and flax.
This article is a historical analysis of how the US sugar industry was able to successfully, through Harvard Scientists, cast doubt about the hazards of sugar while promoting fat as the dietary culprit of Coronary Heart Disease.
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