10 Nutrition Facts That Everyone Can Agree on
There is a lot of controversy in nutrition and it often seems like people can’t agree on anything. But, there are a few exceptions to this.
Here are the top 10 nutrition facts that everyone actually agrees on (well, almost everyone…).
1. Added Sugar is a Disaster
We all know that added sugar is bad. Some think sugar is a simple matter of “empty” calories, while others believe it to cause diseases that kill millions of people each year.
It is definitely true that added sugar (sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contains empty calories. There are no nutrients in sugar, and if you eat a lot of it then you’re likely to become deficient other nutrients. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are other, much more serious dangers of sugar that are now reaching mainstream attention. Sugar from high fructose corn syrup, mainly due to the highly concentrated fructose content, is being implicated as a leading cause of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.[1, 2, 3]
How does fructose do this? Well, fructose is metabolized strictly by the liver, over time causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, abdominal obesity and high cholesterol.[4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] Then fructose makes our brains resistant to a hormone called leptin, which effectively makes our brains WANT to get fat.[10, 11, 12] This way, eating an excess of added sugars sets up a relentless biochemical drive in the brain to keep eating sugar, getting fatter and eating even more sugar.