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?