This is a fantastic report on 60 Minutes. A must see. It starts out with dr Lustig assuring us that sugar is toxic (in the amount regularly consumed in America today).
Then another scientist tells us that a calorie is not necessarily a calorie. Fructose (from sugar) is different, it has other nasty effects in our bodies. After finding this out she stopped consuming sugar.
A third scientist tells us how according to his research sugar feeds common cancer cells. And oh yes, he stopped drinking soda when he found this out.
A fourth researcher shows us how consuming sugar lights up the reward centers in the brain. It looks like what happens when ingesting “drugs like cocaine”. Conclusion? Sugar is addictive.
In summary sugar is toxic and worse than other calories. Sugar fuels cancer cells and is addictive. That’s what a representative of the sugar lobby has to try to explain away at the end of the show. Not very successfully.
As if this perfect 14 min segment on 60 Minutes wasn’t good enough there’s a lot of excellent extra material on the web. Check it out:
Sugar and kids: The toxic truth
Are we feeding our kids a toxin? Dr Sanjay Gupta, a father of three, gives us his opinion on how a typical family should think about sugar in their diet (4 minutes).
From fructose to fat
Dr Gupta interviews a scientist who studies how a lot of the fructose we eat clearly turns to fat in the body. A nice 2 min clip.
How fructose builds belly fat
2 minutes about the belly fat that tends to increase with excessive fructose consumption.
Calories: not all created equal
More on the study showing that fructose is different from other calories. In just two weeks it raises risk factors for heart disease even in healthy young slim persons (2 minutes).
Fruit vs. sugary drinks
Nice short clip on the difference between sugary drinks and fruit. Few people eat as much sugar from fruit as the amount easily ingested by typical soda drinking habits.
Sugar is toxic, spread the word
Sugar is toxic (in large amounts). More people need to understand that to reverse the devastating epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. This show on 60 minutes is one of the best reports I’ve seen on the subject.
Spread the word to your family and friends. Who do you know that needs to see this?
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What do you think after seeing this?