Is Sugar The Bane Of Our Existence?

I couldn’t resist using this picture (courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.)

But yes, research is beginning to shed light on the amount of sugar in our diets and the possible correlation between the excess amounts of sugar and obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc.  The man at the forefront bringing this information to our attention is Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist in San Francisco.  He has declared a war on sugar believing that it is toxic to our bodies.  Because there’s so much of it hiding in our food we have become a nation of very sick people and 75% of the illnesses could be preventable.  Sad and true.  From high fructose corn syrup to table sugar, it doesn’t matter what kind of sugar, the matter is that we are eating massive quantities of it and don’t even realize.  A few months back Dr. Lustig was interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on 60 Minutes on CBS.  Take a look.

Also, recently, Dr. Lustig was on the radio (WNYC) with actor Alec Baldwin on Here’s The Thing.  If you haven’t heard this interview yet, definitely listen.  It’s a half-hour and definitely worth your time.

Now, I have talked to a few people about this and there seems to be a misunderstanding when it comes to cutting out dietary sugar.  Many people have become nearly crazed, thinking that they can’t even eat fruit because it contains fructose.  What Dr. Lustig is trying to convey is that extra added sugar (sugar added to foods where sugar isn’t necessary) should be cut out.  Fruit is good and provides necessary vitamins and minerals in our diets.  It is low in calories and you only need one piece of fruit to do the trick and satisfy hunger.  Men should not have more than 150 calories from sugar per day and women should not have more than 100 calories from sugar per day.

Anyway, take a look at the video and make sure to check-out the radio broadcast.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Do you think cutting out all dietary sugar is too harsh?  Or, do you think it’s necessary to wage a war on sugar because it’s having some very negative effects on our population?

7 thoughts on “Is Sugar The Bane Of Our Existence?

  1. The food system that we have now is fighting against us being healthy citizens on every front: psychologically, monetarily, and physiologically. The producers of the food are slaves to the regulation that was built on science from 50 years ago, and cannot afford to grow decent produce/livestock. Also, the food manufactures chemically enhance their products to drive addiction at the same time relating your rewarded feeling to the carefully planned packaging & branding for sale. I agree, it is time to get a grip with reality and not the bottom line, but in the mean time we must fight against this strategic attack.
    I call for a Surgeon General Warning on every foodstuff with added sugar.
    Warning: Consuming this product raises your insulin level, which is know to cause Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer.
    This way you give the people the freedom to slowly destroy themselves or honor their bodies with known science, just like tobacco.

    • I agree and think that is a really good way to get people to realize the negative impact that too much sugar has on the body. Maybe this is the answer to Bloomberg’s anti-sugar campaign instead of banning large-size sodas?

      And like with tobacco, eventually it will catch on more, so that down a few decades from now, eating a sugary and/or processed food will be a thing of the past. There will be shows like Mad Men but set in the modern era where everyone eats Twinkies and kids will say “wow, I had no idea people ate that all the time!”

      The reason sugar is so prevalent in our food is because the fat was taken out so the taste was gone. Michael Pollan, Dr. Lustig, they’re all correct in calling for action to go back to eating REAL food, the way our grandparents and great-grandparents and everyone else ate. Human’s should not be eating science.

  2. The food system that we have now is fighting against us being healthy citizens on every front: psychologically, monetarily, and physiologically. The producers of the food are slaves to the regulation that was built on science from 50 years ago, and cannot afford to grow decent produce/livestock. Also, the food manufactures chemically enhance their products to drive addiction at the same time relating your rewarded feeling to the carefully planned packaging & branding for sale. I agree, it is time to get a grip with reality and not the bottom line, but in the mean time we must fight against this strategic attack.

    I call for a Surgeon General Warning on every foodstuff with added/non-dietary sugar.

    Warning: Consuming this product raises your insulin level, which is known to cause Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer.

    This way you give the people freedom to slowly destroy themselves or honor their bodies with known science, just like tobacco.

  3. Interesting! I have heard a lot about him so I’ll try and watch the video at some point.
    The idea that sugar has horrible consequence on your health isn’t new. Sadly the food industry is still adding it to everything!
    That’s why I only buy no flavor yoghurt, canned tomatoes to make my own sauce etc
    I never really add sugar to anything myself, but if you are not careful you could be ingesting a ton without realizing it.They put it in everything from bread to sausages.

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    • Thank you for sharing! I’d love to see the full documentary. And I wholly agree that in order to be healthy, we all must be eating, real, whole foods in a well-rounded diet.

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