According to Dr Robert Lustig…
“Sugar is not just empty calorie that makes us fat but sugar is a Poison!!”
Dr Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist and a leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California in San Francisco.
In Dr Lustig’s view, sugar should be thought of like cigarettes and alcohol, as something that is killing us. Sugar is like a toxic substance that people abuse.
Dr Lustig claims that sugar is to blame for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. He calls high-fructose corn syrup “the most demonized additive known to man.
Our body handles fructose and glucose differently. Fructose is metabolised primarily by the liver, while the glucose from sugar and starches is metabolised by every cell in the body. When our liver is put under strain by excessive amount of sugar (glucose and fructose), fructose is converted to fat such as LDL cholesterol that increases the risk for heart disease.
In a recent episode of 60 Minutes titled “Is Sugar Toxic”, Dr. Sanja Gupta interviewed Dr. Robert Lustig where he recommends eliminating all sugar from our diet and insists that sugar should be regulated just like cigarettes and alcohol.
Check out the expression on Jim’s face, the guy from the Board of the Sugar Association at the 11.00 minute segment of the interview.
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Here’s the video of Dr Rober Lustig’s lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” where he discussed about fructose and the evil of sugar. He said that eating less sugar will reduce your risk of getting cancer and heart disease.
Source of sugar:
- table sugar
- white, brown, raw, castor and icing sugar
- soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks
- fruit juice, cordials
- alcohol (which is fermented sugar)
- flavoured milk
- condensed milk
- breakfast cereals
- spreads and jams
- chewing gums
- dried fruits
- all the sweets and desserts – cakes, cookies, donuts, ice cream, lollies, chocolates, mints, chewing gums
- anything low fat – as low fat food tastes like cardboard, the food manufacturers add sugar to make it more palatable
- salad dressings
- sauces – barbecue, ketchup, tomato
- processed foods, fast foods, etc
Hidden source of sugar:
- agave nectar
- beet sugar
- cane juice crystals, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice
- carob syrup
- corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup
- date sugar
- dextrose, crystal dextrose
- fructose, crystalline fructose, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose
- fruit juice concentrates
- golden syrup
- grape sugar
- maltose, malt syrup, barley malt
- maple syrup
- sucrose and syrup, etc
In Part 2, we will outline the current official recommendations for daily sugar intake and share with you, practical tips on how you can reduce your sugar intake.
Talk soon and in the mean time, stay healthy.
Dr Esther Lok
Disclaimer: All advice may not be construed as medical advice or instruction and is not meant to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. Information has been compiled from the author’s personal experiences and own research into multiple existing public references and previously published scientific studies. While all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and The Organics Institute and Dr Esther Lok cannot be held liable for any errors and omissions.