The high sugar content in our diet is killing us

Jeff Ritterman, M.D. wrote an article published yesterday by Truthout discussing the results of two paradigm-changing scientific studies regarding the dangerous health consequences of consuming foods with high sugar content. For the past 40 years, we have been warned to avoid foods that are high in fat. As a result, most of the food sold in grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores have labels advertising low fat content. These studies conclude that fat content is relatively unimportant. Instead, consumers should be concerned about sugar content. Nearly all processed foods contain high amounts of sugar.

The two studies are:

1) In March of 2015, The Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a review article entitled, “Added Fructose: A Principal Driver of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Its Consequences.” The article points out that each of us, on the average, consumes 30 times more added sugar than an American did when the Declaration of Independence was written.

2) Another review article published in April of 2015, in the medical journal Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition, had the provocative title of “Carbohydrate intake and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: fructose as a weapon of mass destruction.” Fructose was identified as the culprit leading to fatty liver disease and the resulting type-two diabetes, coronary artery disease, obesity and stroke.

Dr. Ritterman said,

For four decades the wrong dietary advice has been given over and over again. A huge amount of harm has been done.

It’s high time that the Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and mainstream medicine revise the guidelines and demonize sugar, the real culprit, and leave fat alone.

As for dietary advice:

Begin by avoiding all added sugars, especially liquid sugar like soda.

Eat your fruits, don’t juice them. Juicing concentrates the sugar and removes the beneficial fiber.

But personal choice is only a small part of what we need to do. We need to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

We need our hospitals, clinics, dental offices and other health facilities to be free of foods and beverages with added sugar. We need to do the same with schools, day care centers, and municipal, county, state and federal facilities.

We need a national Soda Tax like the one in Mexico, with the proceeds invested in programs to further reduce added sugar consumption. It’s working in Mexico, let’s learn from our neighbor.

Please read the article. I do not believe it’s possible to overemphasize the importance of the information contained in the article

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.


  1. HappyElderGeek
    June 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Link(s) to the article(s) you want us to read might prove helpful…

    A ten-page edition of the Mayo work (use the convenient PDF button in the right margin, under “Article Tools”) is at this link:

  2. Perris Calderon
    June 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I remember the “sleeper” movie, forget the scene, where everything we thought was healthy is not, and visa versa

    Now it seems fat, like olive and coconut oil is good for you, and even animal fat(, (butter) is pretty good for you…chocolate is good for you (, bread, the “staple of life” is bad for you, an orange is nothing more then drinking sugar water with a few vitamins and ruffage.

    As a side note, if your family has a history of cancer, it seems olive oil has profound anti cancer agents, that cause the “waste sac” of cancer cells to explode, which in turn, kills even more cancer cells, this is not “holistic health” hype, this is recognized by the medical industry themselves, have olive oil whenever you can, and if you do buy supliments, make sure you buy “olive leaf extract” which concentrates the anti cancer agent in olive oil

  3. Perris Calderon
    June 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    here’s the prophetic scene in sleeper, really prescient

  4. dubinsky
    June 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Ritterman is just wrong. there never were dietitians who didn’t advise against “empty calories”.

  5. June 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    The ultimate plan with respect to carb cycling has to be the four cycle fat loss plan. See my review where I put this plan to the test. No other plan I’ve ever reviewed has had this kind of results in such little time! Minimum exercise and maximum fat loss. There’s a reason that the Japanese people have such a long life expectancy while also having such a low body mass index. As great as this plan can be; there’s also some negatives so take a look at my full review here:

  6. Ruth
    June 7, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    thanks, Fred, glad you posted this. I was fortunate in a way that my kids were hyperactive, so I had to be careful about additives and sugar particularly, and actually have very little sweet tooth anymore, myself. It’s a boost in many ways simply to stick with healthy food, and stay away from things your body doesn’t need, and really reacts to badly.

  7. jo6pac
    June 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    There most be a law on if food is packaged it has to have sugar even there no reason. I looked on a package of sliced mushrooms in plastic bag they had 2% sugar. The same item in a cardboard box with shrink wrap and holes in it no sugar. Go figure, this subject my DR. brings up all the time.
    The good thing about all of the sugar is the corp. welfare health care industry is making the big $ on saving your ass and really all you have to is watch what you eat.

  8. joel
    June 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    The older I get the more things look like fads. I have never bought ‘reduced fat’ items because it always meant added sugar.

  9. Tanya Lane
    June 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    FInally! Someone who gets it. I’m of the firm belief that curing diabetes is a simple yet complicated process that first begins with looking at our diets and exercise.We are probably close enough to know what we need to do, but we’re still stuck on the “how”.

    I used the Diabetes protocol to completely cure my diabetes to the point where, I technically have the disease but have absolutely NO symptoms (here is a a FANTASTIC review that sums up the protocol: ) , and other diabetes treatment programs all show the same trend: Diet, Exercise, and how our body reacts to certain nutrients. We’re regrowing rat limbs in labs and getting closer and closer to insane life spans. Why can’t we connect the dots?.

  10. dubinsky
    June 8, 2015 at 3:03 am

    olive oil and coconut oil are vastly different.

    rather than get technical, I’ll give you an easy rule of thumb…if an oil is solid at room temperature, avoid using much of it.

  11. Steve2InNC
    June 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    For what it’s worth, I quit drinking sodas several years ago, more because of the other ingredients (artificial caramel color, brominated vegetable oil, etc). I had only consumed one per day, but shortly after quitting, I lost about five pounds without doing anything else different (and I was in the normal weight range to begin with). I think there’s definitely something to the connection between poor health and excessive sugar intake.

    Of course I did have buy some new bathing suits since my old ones started falling off, but there are worse problems to have.

  12. June 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

    As the National Institutes of Health confirms, no single food or beverage is a unique risk factor for diabetes. The most powerful known lifestyle-related variables for developing type 2 diabetes are overweight and obesity. This is also a key contributor to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In other words, overall balance across the diet matters. Targeting a single ingredient, on the other hand, is wholly unproductive.
    -American Beverage Association