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Friday Update News – 11/08/19

Good morning! Here’s your Friday Update News for the week ending 11/08/19.

Health News
I know people who with a big smile would choose sugary cereal over ice cream. Yum, yum! Check out this approximate $30 million lawsuit settlement that will force Kellogg to change its marketing. It’s a sugary cereals lawsuit.

Nutrition
Are we still debating whether or not a calorie is just a calorie? Do people still believe that the quality of a calorie – the source of the fuel – does not matter? Specifically, and as an example, I’m very curious about the role of fructose and understanding what is too much fructose and the accumulation of fat in the liver and ultimately the connection of fructose to heart disease and other health conditions.

Fructose is found naturally in fruits and honey, but in processed foods and sodas it’s been extracted from corn, beets, or sugarcane and that means it’s lost fiber and nutrients, and it’s boom…concentrated. But is all fructose the same? Nearly all added sugars including “organic cane sugar” contain significant fructose and table sugar is 50 percent fructose (1).

As far as fructose consumption and the connection to heart disease, my understanding is that because fructose is directly metabolized by the liver, it has the potential to increase the liver’s fat burden. This has the potential to increase lipoprotein production and can ultimately produce a lipid profile with those nasty atherogenic small, dense LDL particles. When I finally saw a physician who was able to order more comprehensive blood panels, I discovered that my lipid profile and specifically LDL small particles (and other metabolic markers) were not as I expected. Was the amount of fructose I consumed – all those sugary margaritas – part of the problem?

Is the amount of fructose you consume even on your radar? What about the amount of fructose your kids consume? What about more comprehensive blood tests and knowing your LDL particle count numbers? What about uric acid numbers? Uric what?!

Is anyone just a bit curious?

Mindset
1) This dude’s mindset is on another level. If your curious about mental toughness, grit, determination and what it takes to make it in the Special Forces, I highly recommend the read.

2) Speaking of mindset, this Michael Pollan book blew my mind.

Movement
The road to getting healthy and ultimately becoming a better mover. What’s your physical path? How are you supporting and addressing your mobility and flexibility, beyond taking classes? Recently I started working with the GoWod app. I really like this tool.

Recovery
Best sleep tracker on the market and has changed the way I think and feel about the most important recovery practice. I’ll share with you that if I eat too close to bed time – and especially a protein heavy meal – my sleep quality plummets. The Oura data has allowed me to adjust lifestyle and behaviors – most of the time – accordingly.

(1) UCSF Mag, 12/26/18. Anne Kavanagh. Sugar’s Sick Secrets: How Industry Forces Have Manipulated Science to Downplay the Harm

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