This Drink is Just As Dangerous as Soda

Fructose Addiction

Most of us know about the health dangers associated with consuming soda. From empty calories to actually compromising the body’s ability to stay healthy and fight off disease, soda is a well known health culprit. But there’s another drink on the market that many of us unknowingly not only consume, but give abundantly to our kids!

So what is this dangerous drink that the average American child consumes more than forty liters of annually? Fruit juice! Yes, that’s right, the fruit juice you’re giving your child may be doing more harm to their developing bodies than any good at all.

The United States, as well as most other Western nations, look to fruit juice as a healthy drink option for children. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Fruit juice is not a healthy drink choice for your child for a number of reasons I want to explore with you here.

Let’s first begin with taking a look at the Western world’s dangerous addiction to sugars, specifically fructose.

Fructose Addiction

Are You Feeding A Fructose Addiction in Your Child or Self?

We hear about high fructose corn syrup and how it’s an unhealthy (and unnecessary) food ingredient in many of our processed and refined foods. In fact, it’s a challenge to find a boxed, bagged, or otherwise processed food product in the supermarket that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. From the obvious pancake syrups to the less obvious fruit juices, fruit chews, and cereals, high fructose corn syrup is found in abundance in processed foods.

In fact, I challenge you to take a trip to your local supermarket and try to find at least five foods that don’t have high fructose corn syrup on the label. You may think, “Dr. Axe, that doesn’t really seem that challenging. I’m sure I can do that.”

But seriously, try to do this and see what you find. Although eventually you’ll probably be able to find a few products without high fructose corn syrup it will really help to open your eyes to just how many products contain this dangerous additive. (On a side note, I’d wager that unless you’re in the fresh produce section or organic aisle, those foods that don’t contain high fructose corn syrup contain other ingredients like hydrogenated oils that are equally harmful to your health.)

So what’s the big deal with not just high fructose corn syrup but fructose in general in the foods we consume on a daily basis?

Fructose is a naturally occurring, simple sugar found in certain ripe fruits, a few root vegetables, and honey.  So if it’s all natural, then what’s the problem you want to know?

Well first of all, when fructose is found naturally in whole foods such as fruits and root vegetables it comes with fibers, enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other important nutrients that help the body to properly assimilate the fructose. However, even too much of these whole food sources of fructose can present a problem, particularly in certain groups of people who are more sensitive to sugar than others.

Today’s typical Western diet involves an extremely high consumption of sugar, particularly fructose, mostly from highly processed food sources not whole food sources. Research clearly is showing a link between sugar (fructose) consumption serious health problems.

Diets High in Sugar can Lead to:

  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Certain chronic diseases
  • Kidney problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Hyperactivity (particularly in children)
  • Certain mineral deficiencies
  • Many more health issues

Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, mineral deficiencies, and a weakened immune system open the door to a host of chronic diseases and health issues. If I listed all the adverse health conditions that research shows are associated with a diet high in sugar it would take up several pages. But there’s simply no denying it, mounds of evidence shows clearly that a diet high in fructose, which is sugar, encourages serious health issues in both children and adults.

One of the most alarming revelations on sugar in the body is that the consumption of fructose elevates uric acid levels. The chief of the Division of Kidney Disease and Hypertension at the University of Colorado, Dr. Richard Johnson, has been involved in extensive research into fructose, uric acid levels, and overall health. He urges the public to re-consider their consumption of fructose to stabilize their uric acid levels.

According to his research there seems to be a strong link between fructose consumption and increased uric acid levels; there also is an undeniable connection between uric acid levels, toxicity from fructose, and cardiovascular disease.

Americans Consume a Whopping 150+ Pounds of Sugar on Average per Year

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Americans consume an average of between 150 to 170 pounds of sugar annually. That’s a lot of sugar – in fact, that’s way too much sugar to consume and not fall victim to any number of health issues.

It’s vital that you take a serious look at your own sugar consumption and that of your family. Remember in the beginning of this article when I mentioned fruit juice being as harmful as soda? It really is and if you’re drinking it and giving it to your family on a regular basis you should re-evaluate this product as a healthy drink choice as it simply is not.

Dr. Johnson has spent years researching the dangerous health impacts of consuming too much sugar. He urges the American people to save their lives, and heath, by eliminating fructose from their diets. I am doing the same.

Too much sugar from any source, whole foods or processed foods, is simply a bad idea. We must learn to live and eat with balance. Of course eating a whole food, such as an apple, is far superior to consuming apple juice. However it’s vital to keep track of just how much fructose you and your loved ones are consuming per day.

We forget that sugars are found abundantly in fruits and some vegetables. This sugar intake coupled with fructose from processed foods is what creates the scary, deadly statistic of annual sugar consumption in America. If you suffer from any form of insulin resistance it’s even more vital to cut back on your total intake of fructose.

Take a look at the following chart to see just how much fructose comes along with some popular whole fruits.

Fruit Fructose Content
Apricot 1.3 grams
Dates (1 medium) 2.6 grams
Cantaloupe (1/8 of melon) 2.8 grams
Blackberries (1 c.) 3.5 grams
Strawberries (1 c.) 3.8 grams
Cherries (10) 3.8 grams
Peach 5.9 grams
Orange 6.1 grams
Banana 7.1 grams
Blueberries (1 c.) 7.4 grams
Apple 9.5 grams
Watermelon (1/16 of melon) 11.3 grams
Pear 11.8 grams

Now I really want to emphasize here about fruit juice consumption. It’s virtually an epidemic in America that most are completely oblivious to its dangers for our children.

Fruit Juice, Fructose, and Children

Many parents with only the best intentions have been lured in by clever marketing and advertising executives to think that fruit juice is a healthy, smart, and nutritious drink choice for their child. If you’re one of these unknowing parents listen up!

It’s vital that you remove fruit juice from your child’s diet. When you give your child a juice box or glass of juice, it is highly processed, refined, and devoid of the nutrients that  the original, ‘real food’ fruit contained that enables the body to properly use it. It’s like dumping heaps of teaspoons of sugar into a glass of water, adding a few food colorings, and serving it to your child. While this example is a bit of an exaggeration, it’s not that far from the truth of the matter.

The body gets mostly sugars with fruit juice and very little or none of the other nutrients that help it to slowly assimilate the sugars. Seriously, look at it like handing your child (or yourself) a glass of water, sugar, and food dyes.

I urge you to eliminate fruit juices, truly a fake food, from your life and your child’s. Take a look at labels and start noticing fructose on them. Think about the fruits you eat on a daily basis, reference the above chart and see just how many grams of fructose your family is consuming everyday. I really think you’ll be (unpleasantly) surprised.

Make the change now. Do it for your child’s health today and down the road. Encourage consumption of whole foods such as fruits that are balanced with other whole foods low in fructose.

Sources

Science News (2010)

Nation Master (2003)

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2010)

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42 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Hold on a minute Dr. Axe, I hope (given my business, mission, passion) that freshly juiced apples with ginger and carrots, along with the myriad of live juice recipes such as we offer at Eat Well are fair and wholesome exceptions to this advice. Otherwise, I will be needing a new job!

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Yes, freshly juiced ginger will have zero effects on blood sugar, carrots some, and apples more. If someone is trying to lose weight they would not want to be juicing apples because now there is no fiber and more sugar. So vegetable juice is great, but you have to be careful with fruit juice because of the sugar.
      That being said, if it’s juiced it won’t affect your blood sugar levels as much as if it were pasteurized or with added sugar, so it’s still a better option.

      • cancerclasses says:

        150 pounds of sugar per person per year divided by 454 grams per pound equals 68100 grams per year.

        Divided by 365 days per year equals 186.5 grams of sugar PER DAY!!!

        Divided by 5 grams per teaspoon equals 37.31 teaspoons PER DAY!

        And then people wonder why they’re sick and why there’s so much diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc. etc.

  2. Jake Robinson says:

    What about grapefruit juice… the label does not show fructose or any other added sugars… is this still a risk? thanks,

    • conrack says:

      Too bad you don’t have a computer so you could just ask google… what a shame.

      • Dale Byrum says:

        A little niceness and civility goes a long way. Why do so many take benign comments and questions so personally?

  3. Peggy says:

    While I didn’t take your challenge, I was disappointed when I recently learned that the “sushi” rolls I buy contain HFCS hidden in the vinegar.

  4. Senae says:

    I NEVER buy juice with high fructose corn syrup or dyes and I can’t imagine that ANY parent with any sliver of health knowledge does. So a lot of what you’re saying is just bashing on what most of us are not giving our children anyway. I realize that letting kids down cupfuls of apple juice at every meal and then sip on it throughout the day is terrible for their bodies and probably for their teeth as well, but for those of us who allow a little OJ at breakfast and greatly watered down 100% (not from concentrate) Apple or Grape Juice later in the day or fresh juice made from the juicer, I can’t see that it is really THAT bad? Is it really that bad? The examples you’re giving of dyes and sugar seem extreme and not really what healthy parents are really doing . . . But I could be wrong. Just wondering. Thanks. And I’m cooking from your cookbook everyday and loving it!

    • Joe Morgan says:

      Most parents are giving juice and processed cereal and maybe some pastry like pop tarts. This is all sugar. Even the pastry and cereal will end up as carb > sugar.
      Sugar inactivates natural killer cells for about 4 hours- what our immune system uses to stop cancer before it gets started good.
      Sugar is one of the least understood cancer causing foods due to its effect on the immune system-and our own natural cancer protection.

      • cancerclasses says:

        I think it’s hilarious & highly hypocritical how the FDA,USDA, Heart Associations, medical system, nutritionists and some people will whine on and on about the TWO extra grams of salt that people eat but then think nothing about eating40 grams of sugar in ONE soda, or 100, 200 or more grams of sugar in a given day.

        At least salt intake is self limiting, try eating 40 grams of salt equivalent to the 40 grams of sugar in one soda all at once and see how you feel, more that 2 grams of salt makes me feel like a pickle inside, but people will eat a quart of ice cream and it’ no big deal. Right, good luck with THAT!.

      • cancerclasses says:

        I think it’s hilarious & highly hypocritical how the FDA,USDA, Heart Associations, medical system, nutritionists and some people will whine on and on about the TWO extra grams of salt that people eat but then think nothing about eating 40 grams of sugar in ONE soda, or 100, 200 or more grams of sugar in a given day.

        At least salt intake is self limiting, try eating 40 grams of salt equivalent to the 40 grams of sugar in one soda all at once and see how you feel, more than 2 grams of salt makes me feel like a pickle inside, but people will eat a quart of ice cream and it’s no big deal. Right, good luck with THAT!.

    • Heather Mastrangelo says:

      I agree with you 100% that healthy parents do not give their kids juices with artificial coloring or HFCS. We purchase the juice in it’s most natural state with all the fiber and good nutrients. And no we do not allow them to drink it all day but 1 glass a day does give health benefits and does not take away from our bodies. I do not see how Dr. Axe is comparing it to Soda which has absolutely no nutritional value causing it to rob nutrients from your body. Either I am just not getting it, or that statement about comparing soda to 100% juice with no added sugar or artificial coloring is completely false.

      • Adrian hitt says:

        The reason bottled juice is such a poor choice is because it is pastuerized. This heating process destroys ALL enzymes and nutrients but is used so they can sell it on the shelf. Homemade fresh juice made from the best juicer will only last up to 3 days before it starts to oxidize. So even if you think you’re buying 100% juice not from concentrate, what they’re not telling you is that juice sat in a vat for a year and then food color is added back in to make it look like juice again. (this is not required to be on the label) orange juice is especially bad to buy because they use whole oranges to make it. Orange peel is toxic and should only be consumed in very minimal amounts (like orange zest in a sauce or topping). Making your own fresh juice is not only the best choice, but tastes socamazing that you’re won’t allow you to drink bottled again ! I make all of our juice at one time and place in freezable mason jars so that it’ll last. Even fresh fruit juice can spike blood sugar significantly so I wouldn’t give to kids on a regular basis.

    • brenda says:

      Senae, I love how you ended your post with a humble “I could be wrong.”

      I help couples overcome infertility naturally through dietary changes and it is astonishing to me how most, yes most, of the couples don’t even understand the big deal about HFCS and dyes. If our doctors are not behind it and they don’t read healthy articles etc where DO they get their information? They get it from commercials. When you add up the statistics about how much time kids and parents spend in front of the TV it is scary.

      HFCS is in so many things that you have to read every label. Here is a fun exercise I put my children through. Just take a few minutes in the cereal, cookie or juice aisle and notice how many people actually read labels.

      Also, most don’t know that even our apple juice comes from China and is sprayed with arsenic, of all things. AND that a lot of what is called organic is from China as well and they have different standards of what is organic. It takes a watchful eye in all areas.

      It is up to us to educate our children on HOW to eat, not just what to eat. I hope you take no offense. I believe we are in the same camp.
      Blessings, Brenda

  5. Erica says:

    I eat a LOT of fruits and vegetables through out the day (I juice), So what do you suggest is a reasonable, healthy amount of natural fructose consumption in a day?
    Also, if Im trying to shed a few pounds/tone up is this preventing me from doing so: carrot, beet, spinach, apple, celery, tomato juice (16 oz total) a day? I know the carrots, apple, and beet are sugary foods, but I also know the health benefits of them… Thanks Josh!

  6. Amanda says:

    Dr. Axe, do you mean ALL fruit juices are bad? Even ones like Simply Orange? My son drinks a LOT of this orange juice but I thought it was ok since its about as pure as orange juice can get. Now I’m all worried! Thanks!

    • Marie says:

      HI Peggy,

      I used to think the same thing. Truly though the facts are that if it sits in a bottle on a shelf in a grocery store, and its been pasteurized, then its really not good for us. Pasteurization that cooks our juice at very high temps (which just sounds gross to me) takes a huge toll on the the vitamin content and true flavor. Anything fresh doesn’t last that long either. Just things for you to think about. God bless.

      • cancerclasses says:

        Not to mention the sugar, check the nutritional info on their site and you’ll see there’s 23 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving, you’re half way to a Coke at 39 grams, with that much sugar it’s like your kid is drinking soda all day long, not good.

        The human body doesn’t know, can’t tell and doesn’t care where the sugars you eat come from, sugar is Sugar is SUGAR and ALL carbs reduce to six carbon glucose molecules. It doesn’t matter if it’s a candy bar, an apple or other fruit with 50% natural fructose or a soda with 50% high fructose corn syrup, it ALL spikes your blood sugar, stresses your pancreas, damages the 1 layer thick endothelial cell lining in your arteries and glycates the proteins in your blood & body. ALL excess glucose that is not burned off with exercise enters the polyol pathway and is converted to sorbitol that damages microvessels in the retina which is why diabetics commonly lose their vision, kidney function and lose circulation & nerve signaling in their extremeties.

        One teaspoon of sugar equals 5 grams and has 20 calories, just remember 1-5-20. The body fights to keep your homeostatic resting blood sugar level at a mid-line level of around 60 to 90 milligrams per deciliter, which equals just ONE teaspoon of sugar out of the 1000 teaspoons (5 liters) of blood in an average size adult. Blood sugar and blood pH levels are TIGHTLY regulated, for example just 1 or 2 TENTHS of a point deviation either above or below the body’s 7.4 homeostatic pH level causes death, it’s that critical, but a normally operating body has no trouble maintaining homeostasis, that’s it’s job & what it’s designed to do. Our job is to not exceed our bodies limits, our health and quality of life depends on it.

        Every teaspoon of sugar OVER the resting homeostatic level stimulates the pancreas to start cranking out insulin, so eating carbohydrate sugars all day long overstresses your pancreas, not to mention all your other systems too, and keeps it constantly working hard to generate the insulin required to drive the excess sugar out of your bloodstream so you don’t kill yourself with all the carbs you eat all day, every day, not good. Among many other negative effects, chronically high blood sugar suppresses the immune system, which is one reason why cancer contraction rates are increasing over time and in parallel with sugar consumption.

        The less sugar a person eats over their lifetime the better, healthier and higher quality life they will be & have.

  7. Liz says:

    I am curious about home juicing. I use my juicer all the time! Usually I try to get my ratio of more Veggies to Fruit, but to make it tolerable to drink apples and pineapples work best to make it taste better. I juice anything from spinach, carrots, cabbage, and beets, mixing them with apples usually sometimes tomatoes and pineapples or berries. My question is “Is this not the same nutritional effect of just eating all those Veggies and Fruits?” Am I doing more wasting than trying to do good?

    • cancerclasses says:

      No, it’s an exaggerated & amplified -increased- nutritional load. The point of juicing is to bust the fruit or vegetable cells open and extract just the liquid sugars and eliminate the bulky fiber and the total volume of space occupied by the cells that contains the sugars. But by doing that you’re getting MORE of the high sugar juices than you would normally get by eating them.

      Try eating all at one time the total amount of fruits & vegies you normally use but without juicing them, bet you can’t do it because the total bulk of fiber would fill up your stomach, at some point you’d have to stop. Drinking the juice from a pound of carrots, no problem, try EATING a pound of carrots & see what happens & how you feel afterwards. Suppose there’s a reason for that?

      EATING foods naturally LIMITS your intake to just the amount that you can comfortably eat and that comfortably fit in your stomach, and so also naturally limits the total nutritional EFFECT, whereas juicing them increases and amplifies BOTH the amount of intake AND the nutritional effect. Your getting more of all the nutrients, good and bad, than you’d normally get by EATING.

      That’s why human mouths and teeth don’t look and operate like and aren’t built like a juicer or blender. If that’s what humans required that’s what our mouths would have and look like, but since they’re not it must be because there are NATURAL limits to what’s good for our systems including intake levels, intake capacity and time required for digestion and absorption. Using juicers & blenders bypasses an important part of the way our system is designed to operate.

      Anyone concerned with and trying to live and eat NATURALLY should also be using their NATURAL TEETH and not rely on juicers & blenders. If we needed ‘em we’d have’em, but you don’t see deers, elks, cows, cats dogs or any other mammals using machines do you, it’s just the stupid humans that do that kind of stuff and then think it’s because they’re so much smarter than the average bear, but guess what folks, at least the bears are living their lives NATURALLY!

  8. Is igt true that bananas are radio active? And should we avoid fruits and vegetables that have a higher concentration of radio activity?

    • Joe says:

      Peggy, radiation is inescapable. Your body actually uses radioactive material in some metabolic processes. Don’t worry about the tiny bit of radioactivity in bananas! Better to worry about sun exposure!

  9. Ryan says:

    Dr. Axe,
    I noticed that none of the studies you mentioned above were done on fruit juice consumption, just high fructose consumption. Just because fruit juice contains high levels of fructose does not mean that the results will be the same. In fact, I challenge you to find one study that shows any detrimental consequences of fruit juice consumption. Be careful of generalizing research results.

    • hltnut says:

      You should keep your total fructose intake, from any source, to no more than 20 grams per day and that’s even under normal, healthy circumstances. People with chronic or inflammatory illness should be even less. That’s just the way it is. The research is out there. HINT: The research is not funded by anybody with an agenda or trying to sell their sugar infested product. Good day.

    • Joe says:

      Fructose is fructose whether it comes from a pill, fruit, or juice. The metabolic pathway is what is important. All natural fructose [not high fructose corn syrup] is metabolized in the same pathway. The point here is changing forms from a fruit to the juice concentrates the amount of fructose by a factor of 4.
      A glass of orange juice may have the fructose of four oranges without the fiber and other nutrients.

      • Joe says:

        This is the nail on the head. All this advertising on start your day with OJ should say “Start your day with a big shot of sugar” We can get the vitamin C from OJ from any number of other foods or a supplement. The juice hype is to sell juice. If you think food producers and manufacturers care about your health, you are mistaken. The FDA makes them label contents but even now they have changed the name of HFCS to corn sugar.
        Paleo man did not have fresh fruit available daily so he did not have a sugar fix. In fact, sugar is not a good food ingredient.
        If you have a horse and feed him sugar cubes, leave a bucket of cubes for him-he will eat them all. Most organisms like sugar but it is
        not nutritional in any way. We can get our energy from carbs, veggie carbs are slow carbs, and fat foods like nuts and oil.
        In recent years I have come to view sugar as a toxin to the body.
        If we don’t stop sugar ingestion, the 40% of chronically ill now will expand to 80% chronically ill within 10 years because the last 10 years increase in sugar consumption folks will be developing the chronic diseases, and their children will be coming along. Our sugar intake is not average 165 lbs a year per person. About half in HFCS. HELLO!!!

  10. Trina says:

    Our pediatrician told me that apple juice was the worst thing to happen to this country. Thanks for caring enough to take the time to do the radio show as well as posting a website!

  11. darden c. says:

    What do you need to do if diagnosed with mono?

  12. Lisa says:

    I disagree to a point. Shouldn’t you specifiy STORE BOUGHT fruit juices? Aren’t freshly juiced at home fine?

  13. judith hayes says:

    This is so good to know…thanks

  14. Carolyn Swaney says:

    Nice work, Josh. SUCH an important issue. Kids eat SO much sugar in all the processed junk that they get, and parents are NOT supported with education by the school system. As a teacher myself, you’d never believe what I see:(

  15. skinnyvinny says:

    good info…as a parent of 3 little ones, my wife and i try to be responsible with what we give our kids. what about the veg/fruit juices like the “fruitables” kids juices?

  16. Duane Fortier says:

    Totally AGREE !

    I got turned-on to Joel Cruise’s ‘Belly Fat Cure’…& in just 7-wks I am down 16 #…!!

    Now I ‘really’ read those labels…lol Scary what
    is ‘called’ food….i.e. nourishment…

    I CAN DO THIS !! Did I mention that I am a 70 y/o guy that really really wants to weigh-less…:)

  17. Dale Byrum says:

    O.K., you’ve said what we’re consuming on average is way too much. But no indication as to what is the right amount. How much is too much? And what is just enough? In grams please.

    • cancerclasses says:

      Enlightened nutritionists & dietitians will say to have no more than 10 to 15 teaspoons of ADDED sugars per day, I say less TOTAL sugars is even better.

      To keep track of your sugar intake just remember the 1-5-20 rule, 1 teaspoon equals 5 grams which equals 20 calories, with this formula you can figure out your sugar consumption from any which direction.

      And remember, Streyer’s, Guyton’s & most all medical texbooks and biochemistry textbooks state the biochemical truth, in normally functioning humans there is NO physiological requirement for carbohydrate intake, at all, period, and the preferred fuel source of heart, brain & muscle cells is fatty acids, NOT glucose. Most people can eat almost absolutely zero carb intake & wil be just fine, if not actually healthier than on a high carb & predominantly glucose metabolism.

  18. Jose says:

    So, there is no realistic way of getting totally away from this stuff, is there? anyone with kids and a social life is bound to introduce a small amount of these juices at some point. Would small amounts be SO detrimental to a child over his life span? How many of us have not consumed amount of these juice when we were young and have lived a healthy life? Is excess the culprit here?

  19. Merle Gambrill says:

    It is not clear in your article if you are referring to the processed drinks that are supplemented with high fructose corn syrup. I avoid anything with that in it.
    I eat bananas and orange juice daily-I am 6ft 190 lbs and work out every day-what is an allowable amount of Fructose for my body type.

  20. Rita Maggi says:

    Your a bit radical on this statement,however, I believe you are trying to make a point.

    We have become a “quick fix” society. Disregarding our personal well being and becoming addicted to “sugar”. And we have convinced ourselves that it will not harm us.

    To take control of this addiction, drink the 1 glass of juice and keep a gallon bottle of water in the refrig, and convince yourself that this is all I can drink for the rest of the day. Before you know it, it will become a habit and you will find that a cool glass of water refreshes the best!

  21. Ellen Holweg says:

    My child drinks organic apple juice that is unfiltered but pasturized. surely this is not unhealthy…

    • Joe says:

      Apples are fairly high in sugar content generally. Make them into juice and that concentrates the sugar by a factor of 4. Most juices are full of natural fructose even if totally natural. They have been pasteurized to kill bacteria which also destroys enzymes and some of the nutrients.

      Half an apple or a whole apple is better. I have changed over to tea as drink of choice after water.
      Fresh lemonade with stevia is also great.

      The harm of sugar is the spike in glucose followed by the spike in insulin, then the drop in glucose and hunger again within about 2 hours.

      Sugar affects brain function and ADD kids taken off sugar and off their meds performed better within one week. Were pretty much normal in two weeks. Not 100% of ADD but 80% improved.

      Sugar is not a nutrient. It is an additive, flavoring, or binder for various foods. The fact that we consume so much says the addiction is universal, probably more than cocaine. Few get the sugar high like cocaine but the pleasure of eating sweets is the payoff. We keep wanting to repeat it over and over and over.
      Sugar addiction, Sugar toxicity.

      Research is out there to show all these things.

      • Dale says:

        Great post Joe. This lines up with all the research I’ve done and heard of.

        The best a parent can do for their children is feed them apples, then water for thirst. Why feed them a bunch of fruit juice, even if organic? Let water serve the purpose for thirst and for replenishment for liquids.

        Now, I do mix smoothies, but I put only the amount in the smoothie that I would normally ingest by eating the actual food that I’m blending. My purpose for this is mixing whey protein powder to consume as a before and after workout food.

  22. Melissa says:

    What about juicing fresh fruit with the added pulp from the fruit for myself?

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