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In Sweet Poison it is argued that unlike other foods, fructose does not
satisfy hunger. When eating fructose-rich foods, people therefore continue
to eat even after consuming more than what is required. The author claims
that as a result, nearly everyone is putting on weight. Sweet Poison
continues to argue that fructose has severe and adverse effects on health,
leading to alarming levels of chronic disease including heart disease,
type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.
Sweet Poison recognises that fructose derived naturally from whole fruit
has a different metabolic effect on the body when compared with fructose
added to the diet, largely due to the presence of dietary fibre. Gillespie
therefore recommends consuming two serves of fruit daily, as outlined by
the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Because the fructose in fruit juice is
not accompanied by dietary fibre, Sweet Poison suggests that drinking
fruit juice results in the same deleterious health outcomes as does
consuming added fructose.
To prevent or treat obesity and chronic disease, Gillespie recommends
avoiding all sweet-tasting foods (other than two daily servings of fruit).
Furthermore, his comment Dont exercise if your dominant purpose is to lose
weight: let a lack of fructose do that instead belittles the role of
physical activity in the treatment and prevention of overweight.
Unfortunately, Sweet Poison is based on gross misinterpretation and
neglect of key aspects of the nutrition-related scientific literature.
Moreover, the advice contained within is inconsistent with the Dietary
Guidelines for Australians published by the National Health and Medical
Research Council (NHMRC), and with the NHMRC guidelines for treatment and
prevention of obesity which emphasise the importance of physical activity
in weight control.
In fact, Sweet Poison is replete with errors and dubious claims. Though
strong evidence suggest that excessive consumption of sucrose (and
therefore fructose) is harmful to health, no evidence supports that claim
that added fructose is a poison at any dose. This is recognised in the
advice given by all national and international health authorities to limit
(not avoid) intake of sugars and sweetened foods.
The complete article may be read at the URL above.
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