CBS Reports Sugar is Toxic
CBS News site. Here below are some of the highlights.
CBS News) Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the
University of California, believes the high amount of sugar in the
American diet, much of it in processed foods, is killing us. And as Dr.
Sanjay Gupta reports, new scientific research seems to support his
theory that sugar is toxic, including some linking the excess ingestion
of sugars to heart disease. Gupta's report will be broadcast on 60
Minutes Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Americans are now consuming nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per
person, per year. Those include both sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
And while many vilify high fructose corn syrup and believe it is worse
than sugar, Dr. Lustig says metabolically there is no difference. "They
are basically equivalent. The problem is they're both bad. They're both
equally toxic," he says.
Webmaster note: Personally, I believe
high fructose corn syrup
is worse, because it leads to a greater addiction to sugar, and has more
fructose than regular sugar which is the substance that does most of the
Here's more from the site -
Dr. Lustig treats sick, obese children, who he believes are primarily
sick because of the amount of sugar they ingest. He says this sugar not
only leads to obesity, but to "Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart
disease itself." Something needs to be done says Dr. Lustig.
"Ultimately, this is a public health crisis...you have to do big things
and you have to do them across the board," he tells Gupta. "Tobacco and
alcohol are perfect examples," he says, referring to the regulations
imposed on their consumption and the warnings on their labels. "I think
sugar belongs in this exact same wastebasket."
A recent study supports the idea that excess consumption of high
fructose corn syrup is linked to an increase in risk factors for heart
disease by increasing a type of cholesterol that can clog arteries. The
University of California, Davis, study also indicated that calories from
added sugars are different than those from other foods. Subjects had 25
percent of their caloric intake replaced with sweetened drinks.
Nutritional biologist Kimber Stanhope was surprised to see that after
only two weeks, "We found that the subjects who consumed high fructose
corn syrup had increased levels of LDL cholesterol and other risk
factors for cardiovascular disease," she tells Gupta. "I started eating
and drinking a whole lot less sugar."
What happens says Stanhope, is the liver gets overloaded with fructose
and converts come of it into fat, which gets into the bloodstream to
create "small dense LDL," the kind of LDL that forms plaque in arteries.
The irony here is that for precisely that reason - avoiding heart
disease - a government commission in the 1970s mandated that we lower
our fat consumption. "When you take the fat out of food, it tastes like
cardboard," says Dr. Lustig. "And the food industry knew that, so they
replaced it with sugar...and guess what? Heart disease, metabolic
syndrome, diabetes and death are skyrocketing," he tells Gupta.
And other scientific work shows that sugar could also be helping some
cancer tumors to grow because sugar stimulates the production of the
hormone insulin. Nearly a third of common cancers such as some breast
and colon cancers, contain insulin receptors that eventually signal the
tumor to consume glucose.
Webmaster - Watching what you eat is definitely worth the hassle.
Just think what if taking in less sugar helps you live longer and
healthier? Isn't cutting down the odds of getting cancer worth ditching
cokes and ice cream?
What does soda do to
your body? Just for starters within 20 minutes, your blood sugar
spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by
turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
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Just a few important facts about fructose sugar and the dangers it may
present to you and your family.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
to be changed to Corn Sugar
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