Sugar A Cause of Severe Indigestion
Sugar and Nutritional Disease
In his book, Sweet and Dangerous, John Yudkin MD, PhD, gives details of his many investigations about the dangers of sucrose, common table sugar. His carefully documented studies led him to conclude that sugar is responsible for heart disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.
Sugar causes an increase in secretions of gastric mucosa resulting in severe indigestion, or dyspepsia. The author was a victim of this disease for many years. Two of his studies to determine the relationship between sugar and severe dyspepsia, or heartburn, are given below.
Results of a High Sugar Diet
Two weeks of a high sugar diet caused an increase in the acidity and digestive activity of the gastric juices. This was determined from 7 young men who swallowed a gastric tube.
A ”bland meal”of mostly pectin enabled the investigators to determine the normal response in acidity and digestive activity of the gastric juices obtained through the gastric tube.
After two weeks on a high sugar diet, the men were tested again. The acidity of the gastric juices increased about 20% and the digestive activity of their gastric secretions increased by nearly 3-fold.
The increased acidity and digestive activity is similar to that found in people who have gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Carefully Controlled Diet Study
A number of patients who had complained of severe indigestion, some as long as 5 years, were chosen for a carefully controlled diet study.
Two diets were involved. One was a low carbohydrate diet, and the other the standard diet of avoiding fried foods, irritating foods such as pickles and spices, avoiding alcohol, especially on an empty stomach, and eating frequent small meals.
The patients saw a nutritionist who was concerned about their diet, and a physician who was concerned about their well being. The physicians didn’t know about the patients diet, and the nutritionists didn’t know about their physical progress.
Half of the patients were put on a standard diet for three months, and then switched to the low carbohydrate diet for 3 months.
The other half started on the low carbohydrate diet for 3 months and then switched to the standard diet for 3 months.
Results of the Six Month Diet Study
They found forty one patients who stuck with their diets, and who reported regularly for their check ups.
Of the 41 patients two said they were worse on the low carbohydrate diet, eleven said the diet made no difference.
Twenty-eight, or 68%, said they were much better on the low carbohydrate diet. Some said they felt so much better nothing could persuade them to give up the low carbohydrate diet.
The reason the low carbohydrate diet worked is that sugar irritated the lining of the upper alimentary canal. This included the esophagus, stomach and the duodenum. The low carbohydrate diet contained little sugar.
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