A lot has changed in two years.  I’ll try to bring you up to speed.

If you were like I used to be,… you probably think that sugar is safer than aspartame, or sucralose, and the lesser of three evils.  After all Sugar is sucrose and breaks down into two glucose molecules (or so I thought)   Some of you remember cyclamates, and how Fresca was jerked off the market and it had tasted soooo good.   It caused cancer in rats, and that generation is all tainted with a fear of diet drinks but, if we drink them and many Americans do, we only do so because we have conquered those fears.

So what is new?….  We’ve mapped the human genome.  And in that mapping discovered a gene that predetermines if we will get Type II Diabetes or not.  Simply put.  if you have the gene, you will get Type II Diabetes if you don’t take action soon.   if you don’t have the gene, you are off the hook.

This gene has an amazing story, if you like genetic stories.   When man’s ancestors lived primarily in Africa, low hanging fruit was available all year around.  Pick and eat… Pick and eat…  As man spread out over the planet, one line went North.  The problem was Winter.  There was no plant life in the winter.  What one could eat, were nuts, animals, and possibly assorted mammals’ milk.   Starvation was real…  A mutant gene showed up in Europe, which changed how we process fructose.  Instead of breaking down the blackberries we were eating into energy used that day, this mutant gene programed our body to shortcut fructose straight to our liver, to be turned into fat…   Therefore in August, eating ones way through a whole field of blueberries, meant that all that energy was used and never left the body.  By late April, the last of that fat was being burned off while our ancestors exited their cave to look for the first fresh food of the  Spring.

Those without this gene died off.  So basically everyone has it whose ancestors have ever mated with anyone who has it.  So when one eats fructose of any type, it goes straight to the liver to be turned into fat….

High Fructose Corn Syrup.   This is formulated using a Chlorine molecule so that it somehow creates a syrup that is 55% Fructose and 45 % glucose.  If one eats table sugar, coming from sugar cane,  the sucrose is broken down to 50% glucose, and 50% fructose.  The glucose goes through your body, and the fructose goes to your liver to become fat.

Something happened in or around the year 2000.  Diabetes began climbing at a rate higher than its ever been in history.   Type II Diabetes is usually an old peoples disease, but it since 2000 is now showing up in children, housewives, beer drinkers, and is increasing in old people too.  Why?

Fructose Corn syrup manufactured peaked in 2000.  It has dropped vis a vis since  yet as any discerning label reader already knows, it is ubiquitous in processed food.

It would help to understand how the body processes sugar.   We’ve all heard of insulin.  Essentially when a cell gets hungry, it sends insulin outside to latch onto a floating glucose molecule and bring it through the wall.  Sort of like you sending the kid out to get the mail.  The cell then uses a molecule called ATP to break down the glucose and create the energy needed for the cell to survive.

These insulin molecules don’t like or recognize fructose molecules.   So as you drink Coca Cola with high fructose corn syrup  the concentration of fructose molecules in your blood is a lot higher than the glucose coming from the Spinach salad you ate to keep your weight down.   Type II diabetes is like sending your kid out to get the mail so many times when nothing is there, that eventually he refuses.  “Naw, he says, Ain’t doin’ it.”  The proper name for this is insulin resistance…  or glucose resistant insulin.

This resistance is determined by the gene you carry.  If you carry the gene, and you abuse that kid getting the mail, you will, without doubt, get Type II diabetes.   Which means, that you must go on Lipitor which somehow gets those glucose into the cells, or, inject insulin itself which is not yet tired of fetching the mail, so the mail still comes in.   It is like taking on a foster child, just to get the mail for you because your own child won’t do it anymore.

The CDC says roughly 25% have pre-diabetes which makes pretty good sense if the “diabetes gene”  is recessive….  That’s where it should be.

If you have pre-diabetes and catch it early, you can live a great life.  The problem is all about the mail… apparently.    if you only send the kid out after the mail truck comes, so he always gets something,  he never tires of the adventure.   In terms affecting you, if you cut down on your fructose, you exercise to burn up sugar in your blood stream,  you may never get Type II diabetes even though you carry the gene.   If you never “turn on” the gene by abusing your insulin, it never affects you.

This opens eyes to a lot of things.

If I were to ask you which was more dangerous, your sugar taken in or your cholesterol, which would you guess?   When the problems of sugar were first throughly tested, and the damage sugar could cause was announced, the sugar lobby quickly funded studies showing the damage cholesterol would cause.  The Medical profession took off after cholesterol in a big way.

We now know that cholesterol is directly related not to how much you ingest of it, but how much fructose your liver converts to it. Have you ever been on a doctor’s regimen and can’t get your cholesterol down?  “But I eat zero fat” you say. Check the sugar content..  In diet foods, sugar is added to compensate the flavor missing from the fat that’s been taken out.

For label readers, as a general guide, anyone trying to avoid getting Type II, should keep the grams of carbs, listed on every food sold in America, under 50 grams per meal.  One should space three meals out per day, and the daily total should be around 150 grams.  It matters not if that comes from wheat bread, or ice cream.  Bread is terribly high in carbs btw.   Even the “whole wheat” types.

Fructose which is converted into fat, then becomes the instigator of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke, liver disease, and disease of the pancreas.  All previously (or deviously) determined to be caused by a high fat diet.  In fact, if you take out cancers in the list of America’s top killers, almost all our problems are caused by our ingestion of too much sugar.

How do we know this?  Simply put, people who have very high fat diets and low sugar diets, do not have all these problems.  But people on high sugar diets, who still cut their fat intake to zero, still maintain their weight and health problems.

When was the last time you ate berries?  Probably a lot more time than when you last had a regular soda?  What size was it?  12 oz, 16 oz., 22 oz., 32oz.? That gene was made for surviving a harsh winter with no food.  2/3 a cup of blackberries gives you 15 grams.  12 oz of Dr. Pepper with high fructose corn syrup jumps that three times to 45 grams.  12 oz cups are very tiny.  In an average sitting in any of todays restaurants, one usually gets 36 oz of soda, assuming free refills and accounting for the ice..  That amounts to a whole pint of blackberries…  Would you eat a whole pint of blackberries?  I have, one can do it if they aren’t sour.  It fills one up and makes one feel rather good inside.   But, I couldn’t do it and eat a whole meal and dessert!   But I do it’s exact equivalent every single time I go out to eat in a restaurant that serves soda…..

Are you getting the gist of how bad this really is?

Every single fructose molecule in that 30 oz of soda went straight to your liver and got turned into fat.  (That would be 74.25 grams) Which would be fine if you jogged 21 minutes just to burn that bit off…  But what’s the chance of that happening?…

Which brings us to Diet Soda.  Remember that cyclamate study that put into our heads that diet drinks would give you cancer?  That study was funded by the Sugar industries’ lobby group,   The amount of chemical given to the rats would be the equivalent of drinking over 2000 cans of diet soda each day.  So use your own judgment.  Subsequent evidence has supported there is no connection between cancer and diet drinks of any kind, with the possible exception of the newest, neotane which is so powerful, that if a malfunction occurred, it could easily be passed on to consumers at levels requiring medical attention..

I have personally chosen not to put up links this time.  Because this is about you.

The evidence is out there and has been since 1968.   It was only recently corroborated as our knowledge of the human genes finally caught up.

So do your own research.  When you hit that first Google page and have a “h-o-l-y  c-r-a-p” moment,  you will be well on your way to a healthy old age…