ABC Radio National’s The Health Report with Dr Norman Swan is an excellent resource. Yesterday, he had a superb interview with a paediatric endocrinologist Dr Robert Lustig from UCSF’s Center for Obesity.
Lustig argues that fructose in food (which is biochemically a carbohydrate) but acts biologically like a fat and a hepato-toxin worsening childhood obesity. Food companies like it because it they can market food that is high in fructose as “low sugar” and “low fat” when biologically it is high in both and stimulates appetite. High fructose (and sucrose) foods increase appetite and overall food consumption.