7th to 9th August, 2014 06:30 am - 05:45 pm


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August 7, 2014, 10:10 am

Fructose and Fructophobia. The Threat to Paleo. And the Opportunity.


Opportunity: Current obsession with fructose provides a good platform for studying metabolism. Understanding how the cell decides to go in the direction of fat or glycogen synthesis and whether there is a unique effect of fructose, is an intellectual opportunity.

Threat: If we act as if fructose is separate from normal metabolism, biochemical knowledge will be misused and no new knowledge will be gathered. If we delude ourselves into thinking we only need to substitute glucose for fructose — high starch was as rare in paleolithic times as sugar — we will make little progress in obesity, diabetes and related problems.

Hall: Bancroft Hotel Great Hall Track: the Layperson Type: