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SUGAR IS TOXIC

The always informative and comprehensive Gary Taubes released a new NY TIMES article titled IS SUGAR TOXIC?

 

This is a must read for several reasons:

1) Gain an understanding of how sugar affects our bodies and hormones

2) Learn the history of sugar studies and how the “health” organizations have misinformed us.

3) Realize the differences in sugars

4) Some reasons why everyone is sick and diseased.

5) That is it SUGAR not cholesterol and saturated fat that CAUSE heart disease.

 

The article jumps off from describing the now famous youtube lecture, SUGAR: THE BITTER TRUTH by DR ROBERT LUSTIG

Gary Taubes does a good job of asking the right questions while dispelling nutritional myths.

We all know sugar is not a good addition to our life/diet. But does it do more than jsut make us fat? In making us fat, does it cause a cascade of other ailments? How much sugar can be consumed without the nasty side effects?

Basically, we should understand that nothing positive will result in consuming sugars and they should be treated as a serious toxin, not just an “empty calorie”.

The viral success of his lecture, though, has little to do with Lustig’s impressive credentials and far more with the persuasive case he makes that sugar is a “toxin” or a “poison,” terms he uses together 13 times through the course of the lecture, in addition to the five references to sugar as merely “evil.” And by “sugar,” Lustig means not only the white granulated stuff that we put in coffee and sprinkle on cereal — technically known as sucrose — but also high-fructose corn syrup, which has already become without Lustig’s help what he calls “the most demonized additive known to man.”

If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.

This means we can eat 100 calories of glucose (from a potato or bread or other starch) or 100 calories of sugar (half glucose and half fructose), and they will be metabolized differently and have a different effect on the body. The calories are the same, but the metabolic consequences are quite different.

It’s entirely different to claim that one particularly cherished aspect of our diet might not just be an unhealthful indulgence but actually be toxic, that when you bake your children a birthday cake or give them lemonade on a hot summer day, you may be doing them more harm than good, despite all the love that goes with it. Suggesting that sugar might kill us is what zealots do. But Lustig, who has genuine expertise, has accumulated and synthesized a mass of evidence, which he finds compelling enough to convict sugar.

 

 

  1. April 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    The problem is that the establishment has been pushing a low fat diet for 50 years so it will take a long time for the current crop of nutritionists to be convinced that sugar is the real problem.

    Sugar is the real enemy. I have no doubt of that.

    The Grumpy Man

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