Saturday, 2 July 2011

Sugar a toxin.....

As we were traveling here to Mexico we saw a headline on the news that read "Sugar is a Toxin".To see this on the news in the US was quit cool! This was ten days ago at the terminal of Newark airport. As we were at a busy gate we couldn't really hear what they were saying. But it caught my interest as I've been reading about the dangers of sugar in cancer. Today I was googling and I found a lecture by Robert Lustig, "Sugar: The bitter truth". 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. This lecture will most definitely change your view on sugar.
The lecture on youtube has had 1,500,000 viewers at a rate of 50,000 viewers per month. So he must be saying something thats caught interest.  
He doesn't only mean the refined white sugar but also and mostly the high-fructose corn syrup which is used as a thickener and a sweetener in commercially-prepared foods like ketchup, bread, kellogs, fruit drinks etc.. I found a listing that shows products with high-fructose corn syrup at corn syrup list. It's a short list. But gives you an idea. He uses the terms "Toxic" and "Poison" in his lecture. There are so many products that I didn't even know contained this syrup. 
In Lustig’s view, sugar should be thought of, like cigarettes and alcohol, as something that’s killing us.
He compares a can of coca cola to a can of beer describing thoroughly the same damages they cause and how they both are just as toxic. See lecture for explanation. 
You can read an article about Robert Lustig here NY Times Article.
I also found a swedish article that refers to his lecture Svensk artikel Robert Lustig
Hes convinced me! 
After this lecture a kids birthday party with cakes, cookies, soda pops and candy doesn't seem much healthier than a big alcoholic mash up party. It's definitely made me think twice about what I'll be serving at Pella's next birthday.
He's a great speaker and has lots of interesting facts in his film.

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