A Hypothesis: The Negative Health Effects of Fructose are Mediated Largely by the Production of Endotoxin

In my previous post I looked at studies showing sucrose to have similar health effects as glucose and starch (not entirely the same effects granted, but close). Yet hundreds of studies exist demonstrating the negative effects of fructose compared to glucose. If sucrose contains fructose, one might think sucrose should look worse compared to glucose.

So why then is sucrose not as unhealthy as the sum of its parts? I’ll be presenting a hypothesis on why I think this occurs. Continue reading

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Microwaving Food: A Follow Up

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Joeseph Mercola, don’t lose sleep over it. He’s an alternative health guru prone to making poorly substantiated claims about what is going to cause your death this week. He has good ideas, but plenty of bad ones too. Why do I bring him up? I recently found out he has an article on his website detailing his reasons for not liking microwaves. I recently wrote a blog post where I declared microwaves a perfectly acceptable method of cooking based on the science, so I was curious about his reasoning. This article by Mercola contained a few studies that caught my attention and were presented as anti-microwave evidence, so I decided I would evaluate them and see if I came to a different conclusion than I did before. Continue reading