Insights: How do we win the battle against sugar?

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Sugar is such a familiar part of our food that we are used to thinking of it as harmless. However, recent evidence suggests that sugar is a major contributor to the development of chronic disease. With food manufacturers putting sugar in so many foods and beverages, is there any way to avoid it? In “How do we win the battle against sugar?” Diet Doctor speaks with metabolic health experts Dr. Robert Lustig and Dr. Aseem Malholtra to find out why too much sugar is damaging to your health and what you can do about it.

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Narrator: Sugar. It’s widely available, cheap, and many find it irresistible. Over the last decade, the world has consumed sugary food at staggering rate, far exceeding the guidelines from the World Health Organization.

Dr. Aseem Malhotra: We have a major crisis, but that major crisis requires a major intervention.

Narrator: The health implications are clear: excess sugar consumption contributes to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Robert Lustig, MD: It’s the obvious first target.

Narrator: So why do we consume so much sugar? And how do we avoid it completely?

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