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Recently a new 90 minute talk with professor Robert Lustig was posted on YouTube (his most watched – “Sugar, the Bitter Truth“ from 2009 – has 4 millions views).
You can see the new one above. It’s almost identical to his talk in Oslo that I attended yesterday. Well worth watching, even before Will Smith makes a surprise appearance!
See the talk for more on why sugar is a potential poison.
I’m in Oslo, Norway, for a conference featuring professor Robert Lustig among others. Here’s the minibar in my hotel room. This is the largest pile of sweet candy that I’ve ever seen in a hotel room. Are Norwegians bigger sugar junkies than others?
Here’s another nutritional advice train wreck. The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation allows their “Health Check” symbol to be put on candy. Why? As far as I can tell because the candy uses the word “fruit” in its name.
Putting the spotlight on this insanity is one of my heroes, dr Yoni Freedhoff. Here are two recent posts from his blog:
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation Doubles Down On Its Endorsement of Candy as Fruit
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation Needs International Experts To Tell Them Not to Sell Candy?
The Heart and Lung Foundation put out a press release saying that they are trying to develop a “comprehensive position” on sugar and will be soliciting international experts to help out. Meanwhile they’ll keep recommending candy.
Here’s dr Freedhoff’s comment:
So what exactly do the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check Registered Dietitians do for the Foundation if Health Check needs to ask for outside help to determine whether or not endorsing fruit juice gummis that are themselves 80% sugar by weight with virtually no associated nutrition is a good idea?
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if your organization needs international experts to tell them selling candy as a health food is a bad idea, perhaps you might want to consider the possibility that there’s something wrong with your organization’s own expertise.
I’d rephrase that last message for the Heart and Stroke Foundation:
If your organization believes that selling candy as a health food is OK, then your organization has zero credibility.
Bottom line: choose. You can have the candy money or you can have credibility. You can’t have both.
Here’s another great short video (4 minutes) on the dangers of sugar, this one from a Swiss bank! It asks the question whether it was really a good idea to vilify saturated fat and eat more sugar instead. Paradigm shift in progress.
Read the entire report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute:
Can you have a birthday party with no added sugar for kids? Without the soda and candy?
My daughter turned two recently, and we threw a birthday party. You can see the cake above, but what’s inside it? Continue Reading →
Can soda and junk food agitate children? Do soda and junk food induce ADHD-like symptoms? Here’s some more fuel for that fire.
A recent study showed that American children who drink lots of soda have more issues with aggressive behaviour and attention problems:
As usual, this data alone won’t prove that children become disruptive or difficult specifically from drinking soda. This correlation could point to any problem prevalent in families who buy lots of soda. Perhaps the core issue is quickly metabolised, nutrient-poor junk food in general? Continue Reading →
Here’s a great new episode called The Secrets of Sugar, from Canada’s investigative program the fifth estate on CBC.
Shownotes: CBC: The Secrets of Sugar
Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is addictive and bad for health, according to the head of Amsterdam’s health service. He calls sugar “the most dangerous drug of the times”:
It may sound like an exaggeration today, but in the future this message will likely be totally accepted.
This is disturbing I think. The next software version for Google Android smartphones is called “KitKat” – after the Nestlé chocolate bar.
To promote the deal Nestlé is planning to give out millions of chocolate bars shaped like the Android mascot.
I’m an Apple fanboy so I’m not planning to get an Android phone any time soon anyway, but this hardly helps.
Android names their new operating systems alphabetically, so there’ll soon be one starting with the letter “M”. I have an idea: Why not call it “Android Marlboro”? Then Philip Morris can hand out millions of Android-shaped boxes of cigarettes.
Do you have any suggestions for the rest of the alphabet?
Most the people commenting seem to think that I’m crazy for even reacting to this. This sort of marketing is regarded as normal – which is exactly the problem.
A reader sent me this picture, taken during a coffee break at the large European nutrition conference in Leipzig.
The picture above just shows a small part of the table. Here’s all of it: Continue Reading →
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