Thursday, August 07, 2014

New way to be less fat and avoid liver disease....

Thursday, 8-7-2014

A.  Sometimes drugs have interaction effects and it can be unsafe to combine such drugs even if either alone is OK.

Sometimes drugs with side effects that are best avoided when combined are even worse!

B.  We now know of two things that are proven heart attack starters; and one of them is an extremely effective fattener.

New research shows that when you ingest both together, the fattening effect is even greater AND you get a serious liver disease called fatty liver which at that level is as serious a disease as Cirrhosis of the liver from very heavy drinking.

Fatty liver can be as deadly for the liver as eating toadstools or cancer of the liver and has a death rate if it’s bad enough.

No problem right?

Knowing this, you’d think no one who knows not to walk across the freeway during the rush hour would ever ingest both together.

Here’s why it IS a problem:  About half of Americans now -- or more -- do exactly that at least once a day.

C.  How and why does that happen?!

So many people grew up thinking these things were OK, normal, and safe that they don’t believe they actually are dreadfully harmful.

Why the disconnect? 

Unlike eating lye or a fast acting poison, you can ingest them for a few years and not feel the harm they are doing or feel sick at all.

Then when the serious diseases they cause strike, until more recent research was done, it seemed random bad luck and that there was no way to prevent it. 

Worse, the products these two ingredients are in often taste good and are enjoyable to eat or drink.

And, worst of all, the companies that provide them didn’t know how harmful they were at first. And now they do, they  make so much money they spend some of it to avoid having to stop using them!

As many of you may have guessed by now these are high fructose corn syrup and trans fats from manmade hydrogenated oils.

1.  High fructose corn syrup with its free fructose and high levels of it has been shown to be a very effective fattener -- even more so than the calories it has in it!

Eating or drinking things that contain high fructose corn syrup boosts triglycerides massively.  This shows it boosts small particle LDL that much.  And high levels of small particle LDL are a direct cause of heart disease.

So soft drinks and any foods that contain high fructose corn syrup are heart attack starters and fatteners.

The solution is simple.  Don’t drink soft drinks.  (The diet ones have tested to be just as fattening.)  Never buy or eat or drink a product that lists high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient.  Mostly avoid eating at fast food places and never get anything sweet if you do.

(The good news is that people who have added some fat who have been doing the reverse stop entirely they lose the fat and get LESS hungry!)

2.  Manmade hydrogenated oils have been found to cause a massive boost to the level of small particle LDL in people who ingest them.  In addition, they are made from oils high in omega 6 oils which cause high levels of chronic inflammation.

So these hydrogenated oils are an unusually effective heart attack starters.

And, worse even than that, because they are not something your body processes at all well, it takes weeks to process one serving. 

And THAT means that cutting back on how much you eat but continuing to eat some every day will build up in you to a level guaranteed to cause heart disease. 

So, the only safe intake of partially hydrogenated oils is zero!

The solution is not as simple because of the huge number of things that still contain hydrogenated oils. 

To the extent you can avoid eating in fast food places as many still use hydrogenated oils and the ones that don’t use canola which is still a high omega 6 oil. 

Almost never buy cookies or other grain based desserts that have no labels and avoid any baked goods not baked in a specialty shop you can trust to only use butter or lard from 100 % grass fed cows.  And always read labels when they are available.  If it has ANY partially hydrogenated oils, do NOT buy or eat it.

Special mention:  Shortening, nondairy creamer, and margarines are made out of hydrogenated oils.  Do NOT eat or drink them.

And movie and microwave popcorn are often loaded with hydrogenated oils.

3.  Now, if you can imagine it, research finds that if you ingest BOTH hydrogenated oils AND high fructose corn syrup, the combination is EVEN MORE FATTENING than just one or the other.  AND it is a direct cause of serious and dangerous levels of fatty liver.

Cutting edge nutrition writer Mike Geary found this and sent it in an email recently”

“A 2010 study performed by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center highlighted the hazards on the liver caused by ingesting a combination of fructose and trans fats.

During the course of the 16 week study, researchers fed mice either a normal diet, or a diet which included trans fat solids as well as drinking water mixed with fructose and sucrose.

After analyzing the mice at the end of the 16-week period, the researchers found that while the normally-fed mice did not have fatty liver disease, the mice fed trans fats, fructose and sucrose were found to have fatty liver disease, and had become obese.

The researchers also found scar tissue on the livers of these mice.

Fatty liver disease is characterized by fat deposits accumulating in the liver, leading to chronic inflammation. It can also lead to scarring of the liver, and if left unchecked, can progress to liver failure.

This condition has also been found to be a stepping stone to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.”   

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