"Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public."
An oblique leap from sugar coated pop and the various metaphors for starry eyed fandom and fantasy within various worlds to a rather bombastic, almost combative lecture in the sins of Fructose. Robert H. Lustig is so animated, so charismatic I genuinely feel he could be the next Michael Moore. I'm not sure that is a good thing. In this roaring tirade against the "poison" that is fructose and it's effects upon Americas health he cultivates an 'edge of your seat' urgency and exciting sensationalism. His points are well articulated, easy to digest ( please pardon the pun ) and very well founded however I feel the most important aspect of fructose's grip on our diets is not mentioned - perhaps because its the most slippery, intangible and unquantifiable aspect. Eating Culture ( or capitalism's shameful jettison of Eating Culture ) - I expect the areas of society that consume the most cheaply available and damaging products, that are high in fructose, are also those areas of society that do not have a strong meal-centric culture or enough time/capital to support the established food culture of previous generations. This debate would open up a whole heap of socio-economic political worms. Reminds me of Mark Fishers comments on health in his enthralling Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?( that reminded me of J G Ballard's Kingdom Come). More on this later.