The body has this natural process to balance its own weight as part of the endocrine system. Leptin secreted from adipose (fat) tissue communicates with the hypothalamus and sends off a neural and hormonal cacade that suppresses the appetite and increases metabolism. There has been a tremendous amount of research in the last five years about how a high fructose diet causes leptin resistance. Type fructose and leptin into Google and see for yourself. In other words, because we're loading up processed foods with fructose, the part of the endocrine system governing weight balance no longer gets the message about our body's level of fat storage.
Instead of leptin reaching the hypothalamus in the brain and letting the brain know when we have had enough to eat, we're sitting here counting calories and going on every fad diet imaginable. Obviously, with 2/3 of adults overweight and 1/3 clinically obese in Oregon, the diets aren't working. Fructose shows up in all these sweeteners in all these processed foods in too high of a quantity. Our liver was not made to handle fructose beyond the levels normally found in fruits and vegetables.
If we want to combat this epidemic of obesity and the associated co-morbidities, then we should consider a tax as well as labeling changes on high fructose products that contain such sweeteners as honey, maple syrup, evaporated can juice, turbinado sugar, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and the list goes on. We're overdoing it on these sweeteners and it's causing our medical system to get overloaded and it's causing a weight gain extravaganza.
Because of Coca-Cola and Cargill's efforts, the FDA has given the green light to Stevia, which Japan and other countries have used for decades as a natural alternative to sugar. It's starting to show up here in products as a result. Since I am not a doctor, consult with one before starting a weight loss program or altering your diet because rapid weight loss can exacerbate health issues.