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Fructose: This Common Food Ingredient Is as Addictive as Cocaine?

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  • Dr. Richard Johnson, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, is interviewed about his groundbreaking research into the link between excess fructose consumption, elevated uric acid levels, and hypertension
  • Fructose is metabolized differently in your body from glucose, resulting in the production of toxic byproducts (like uric acid) that are similar to those produced by the metabolism of alcohol, with similarly damaging effects on your liver; glucose actually accelerates fructose absorption
  • High levels of uric acids have been long associated with gout, but recent studies reveal its association with many more serious health problems, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and kidney disease
  • You should regularly have your uric acid level checked; the ideal range is 3 to 5.5 mg per dl, and if it’s higher than that, try reducing your sugar consumption
  • You can "reboot" your metabolism in as little as two weeks by eliminating all sources of sugar from your diet

By Dr. Mercola

The interview above is with Dr. Richard Johnson, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, where he runs the kidney division and is in charge of transplantation and research about blood pressure. He has also written the best book on the market on the dangers of fructose, called The Sugar Fix and his newest book The Fat Switch.

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