A reader posted a link to this slide show and lecture. There’s a LOT of biochemistry in the lecture and it’s 49 minutes long, so if you decide to watch it, congratulations — but you may want to grab a cup of coffee first.
The brief synopsis: there’s good scientific evidence that hypertension is largely the result of too much uric acid, and elevated uric acid is largely caused by (drum roll, please) … TOO MUCH FRUCTOSE!
So let’s think about this … the FDA is demanding that the food industry reformulate their recipes (at no small expense) to drastically reduce the sodium content. This is in spite of several studies in which drastically reducing sodium showed little effect on blood pressure. And of course, it’s likely that people will respond to low-sodium foods by adding salt.
Meanwhile, the federal government continues to subsidize corn, just in case the Great Depression ever comes back. Thanks to those subsidies, high-fructose corn syrup is dirt cheap, which is why it’s in a gazillion food products and also why our consumption of fructose has skyrocketed since 1970. If the federal government really wanted to encourage better health, they could stop demanding that the food industry produce low-sodium foods and drop the corn subsidies instead … but that won’t happen because it would mean saving taxpayer dollars instead of spending them.
@#$%ing brilliant …
Hat tip to Gwen for the link.