Is Sugar Toxic?

April 28, 2011

As naturopathic physicians, we have known about the detriments of sugar and its connection with many illnesses and chronic diseases for quite some time.  We already teach our patients about the importance of whole food nutrition and the use of less refined grain products, as well as refined sugars.  Turns out that many people are now talking about this “news” primarily due to a viral You Tube video of Dr. Robert Lustig discussing this very topic.  The following comments are excerpted from The New York Times article by Gary Taubes, published April 13, 2011. 

“On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube  the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.”

Lustig is a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, which is one of the best medical schools in the country. He published his first paper on childhood obesity a dozen years ago, and he has been treating patients and doing research on the disorder ever since.

If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. 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.”

If you’d like to see the video, click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

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