When sugar’s on the menu, no one is safe

Until the American Heart Association (AHA) decides to stop ignoring the facts and start doing its job, I feel obligated to report on the real threats to your heart health. And guess what? Sugar kills.

Yes, I know I’ve said it before. But I’m going to keep saying it until the message really sinks in. Because the danger is real — and no one is exempt. And when I say “no one,” I mean it.

A new study, recently published in Clinical Science, looked at the effects of a high- vs. low-sugar diet in two groups of men — one with fatty liver disease and one without.

Low sugar, in this case, meant a diet featuring no more than 140 calories from sugar daily. (Close to the “recommended” intake — but still 140 calories’ worth more than I would ever recommend.) The high-sugar diet featured 650 calories’ worth of sugar per day — a staggering amount by any standard.

So it’s not exactly surprising that 12 weeks on the high-sugar diet left the participants with fatty liver in worse shape than before. This group suffered changes to their fat metabolism which hijacked their lipid profile and put them at higher risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.

This is further proof that the AHA’s outrageous diet recommendations essentially fight fire with gasoline. But it’s not even the most noteworthy outcome of this study…

Get this: Results also showed that healthy men saw their levels of liver fat skyrocket on a high-sugar diet, too — leaving their fat metabolism in roughly the same shape as the guys with liver disease by the end of the study period.

Again, we’re talking about 12 weeks. That’s how quickly things spiral out of control once sugar enters the picture.

The study authors note that most adults don’t consume the high amounts of sugar used in this study. (Though I really wouldn’t be so sure about that.) But, they say, some kids and teens can easily consume this much sugar in a day. Which goes a long way toward explaining the shocking spike in fatty liver disease among children, too.

Either way, the message is clear: No one is young enough, skinny enough, or healthy enough to escape sugar’s lethal grip. It kills, and it doesn’t discriminate. And your liver is its favorite hiding place — a phenomenon that I like to call “stowaway sugar.”

I wrote about this silent health threat — and shared the most powerful weapon I’ve found against it yet — back in the April 2104 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Subscribers can access to that article (and more) in the archives by visiting drpescatore.com. If you haven’t already, consider signing up today.