Disease Proof

Food Processing Techniques and Obesity

Here’s a concept, processed foods are “toxic” and “addictive.” Sound like something Dr. Fuhrman would say? According to The Scotsman some health experts are becoming more and more leery of manufactured foods. Lyndsay Moss reports:
Professor Robert Lustig, from the University of California, said changes in manufacturing processes were making food "toxic" and "addictive", leading to obesity.

Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, faces a growing health timebomb as more and more youngsters become obese.

Figures show that a third of 12-year-olds in Scotland are overweight and a fifth are obese.

The latest study said food manufacturing processes had created a "toxic environment" that dooms children to being overweight.

Prof Lustig said that the way in which food was now processed, which had changed significantly in the last 30 years, had created an environment in which foods were essentially addictive due to their effect on the hormone insulin.

"In particular, fructose [sugar] - too much - and fibre - not enough - appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin," he said.
Dr. Fuhrman has written about the perils of processed foods numerous times. For instance:
Refined Foods Raise Your Cholesterol
All refined sweets are low in nutrients and fiber and are rapidly absorbed. These refined sweets include sugar, honey, corn syrup, molasses and corn sweeteners. They all contain insignificant amounts of nutrients (per calorie) and no fiber. More and more studies offer evidence that the consumption of these sweets and white-flour products are a significant cause of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.1

Beware the High Fructose Corn Syrup
Soft drinks and processed foods are full of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is not only fattening, but this inexpensive and ultra-concentrated sugar has no resemblance to real food made by nature. It is another experiment thrust upon our unsuspecting children with unknown dangerous consequences. Besides sugar, corn syrup, and chemicals, these drinks often contain caffeine, an addictive stimulant. Children crave more and more as they get older. By adolescence most children have become soft-drink addicts. It is no surprise that six out of the seven most popular soft drinks contain caffeine. Contrast this high level of sugary “liquid candy” with the meager intake of fresh produce by children and teenagers, and it is no surprise that we have an obesity epidemic beyond all expectations.
1. Jacobs Dr, Marquart L, Slavin J, Kushi LH, Whole grain intake and cancer, an expanded review and meta-analysis. Nutrition and Cancer 1998;30(2):85-90. Chatenoud L, Tavani A, La Vecchia C, et al. Whole grain intake and cancer risk. Int J Cancer 1998;77(1):24-28.
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