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Is Sugar Toxic?


Is sugar toxic? Professor Robert Lustig is perhaps the number one enemy of Big Sugar. His famous YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been watched more than 6 million times.

In that video Lustig calls sugar toxic. So is it? Of course Dr. Lustig has had quite some pushback on that. Could sugar really be toxic? Isn’t it natural and part of the human diet since like forever?

In this interview, professor Robert Lustig explains it all. Watch a segment from it above (transcript). The full 30-minute interview is available on our member site:

Is Sugar Toxic? – Interview with Prof. Robert Lustig

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Is Sugar Toxic?

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Is sugar toxic? Professor Robert Lustig is perhaps the number one enemy of Big Sugar. His famous YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been watched more than 6 million times.

In that video Lustig calls sugar toxic. So is it? Of course Dr. Lustig has had quite some pushback on that. Could sugar really be toxic? Isn’t it natural and part of the human diet since like forever?

I sat down with Dr. Lustig recently to let him explain himself in depth, and answer the criticism, beyond the 30-second soundbites in the media. Here’s why added sugar could be toxic to you, and what to do about it.

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The entire interview is now available (with captions and transcript) on our member site:

Is Sugar Toxic? – Interview with Dr. Robert Lustig

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Listen to “The Sugar Conspiracy”

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In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

Have you read “The Sugar Conspiracy” – a long article from the Guardian? It’s possibly the best thing ever written on the subject… and now you don’t need to read it!

Listen to it here:

Overcast: The Sugar Conspiracy

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Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia Discuss Sugar, Obesity and Longevity

Here’s a new discussion panel with two of my absolute favorite nutrition experts in the world: Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia.

They talk about sugar, obesity and metabolic syndrome (Lustig) and how to live longer (Attia) among other things. Worth watching if you’re interested in these topics.

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The China Diabetes Explosion

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How come people in Asia can eat a lot of white rice and stay thin and healthy? It’s a common question. But it’s wrong.

Asian people may have been eating white rice for many decades, but the fact is that they are NOT thin and healthy anymore. Instead, diabetes type 2 is exploding in China and India, and in China it is now more common than in the United States.

The rate of diabetes has skyrocketed in China, from less than one percent of the population in 1980 to now at least 10.6 percent.

SCMP: One in three of world’s adults with diabetes is in China, WHO reports

This massive problem is hidden when we look at weight by BMI. Asian people have a lighter build on average than Caucasians. When they hit BMI 23 they may still be considered “normal” weight by Western BMI standards, but they may be skinny fat, with abdominal obesity. And they may already have diabetes type 2.

This is what happens to a population that bases their diet on rice, when you first refine it to white rice and then add sugar and processed Western junk food and 24-hour food availability. And then add sedentary office jobs on top of that.

Lots of sugar into the body, very little sugar out. It’s a perfect recipe for a diabetes disaster.

The solution is fewer carbs, and less often.

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Amazing Read: The Sugar Conspiracy

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin

Here’s an amazing read:

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

How DID they get is so wrong for so long? This is possibly the best thing ever written on the topic. Read it and enjoy it:

The Guardian: The Sugar Conspiracy

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US Premiere of the Movie Sugar Coated – Watch It Online

Today is the US premiere of Sugar Coated. It’s an “eye-opening feature documentary that examines the various tactics of the sugar industry that have many health experts calling sugar the new tobacco”. And it features people like Gary Taubes and Dr. Robert Lustig. Should be interesting.

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Watch the trailer above. If you live in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or Australia you can watch the movie online as Video on Demand.

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New Study: Cutting Sugar and NOT Calories Improves Kids’ Health in Just 10 Days!

Sorry Coca-Cola, and all other calorie fundamentalists, out there. The evidence is in and it’s NOT just about energy balance. Sugar appears to actually be toxic in itself.

More and more people have long suspected that sugar is one of the main drivers of the obesity epidemic, and the diseases related to it, like type 2 diabetes. Lots of studies point in that direction. But it’s a hard thing to definitely prove. A new study published today strengthens the argument considerably.

The study had 43 kids with obesity and metabolic syndrome eat less sugar for just 10 days. Importantly, they had an equal amount of calories, the only difference was that the fructose from sugar was replaced with starch.

The result was improvement in just about all factors connected to metabolic syndrome: better blood pressure, better blood sugar, way lower insulin, even without any effect on weight. All this by reducing sugar and NOT calories, for just 10 days.

The story is all over the media today:

The study:

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Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?

This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).

The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.

The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.

Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness: Continue Reading →

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Robert Lustig: The Man Who Believes Sugar is Poison

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Here’s a great new article about professor Robert Lustig’s continued battle against sugar:

TheGuardian: Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison

And here’s my video interview with Lustig from a few years ago on YouTube. Continue Reading →

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