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Bad coppers and good coppers

Dr. Gerald Deas | 10/10/2013, 11:33 a.m.
Dr. Gerald Deas

High cholesterol is not the only cause of ischemic heart disease. It has been recently reported that eating too much fructose, which is a sugar found abundantly in the form of corn syrup, soft drinks, desserts, ice cream and other processed foods, can reduce copper in the body, which ultimately can cause ischemic heart disease. In fact, Dr. Leslie Klevay of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently claimed that reduced copper is the major cause of coronary artery disease. Another recent study also showed that low levels of copper may be the culprit in causing coronary artery disease, which leads to heart attacks. It has been suggested that the level of serum copper should be evaluated in all patients on high-fructose diets.

In closing, my suggestion is to read the labels on all of your foods and drinks. If fructose appears as the first ingredient, you can bet it is a major ingredient. Folks are drinking too many sugary beverages that are loaded with fructose. Those gallons of fruit juices on the store shelves may be more important than the fat in the meat at the butchers.

The beverage industry is part of the problem and is not being monitored by our government agencies. If you police yourself by restricting foods and beverages that have high fructose contents, and I am sure heart disease will be prevented and arrested. It is suggested that most people get their vitamins and minerals needed by eating a balanced diet; however, diets in today’s world cannot be balanced when fast foods make up many meals.