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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Can Environmental Toxins Make Us Fat?

Fat cells are metabolically and hormonally active cells. They burn calories and secrete hormones that affect energy expenditure and satiety. There are a number of toxins which are stored in fat, so it has been hypothesized that these toxins may have negative effects on weight by negatively affecting such processes. I looked at this theory, specifically looking at the effects of PCB’s, organochlorines, bisphenol-A, synthetic estrogens, and phthalates on weight. Continue reading