In 2009 Dr Robert Lustig posted his famous YouTube “Sugar the Bitter Truth”. As of today’s date (June 9th, 2012) the site has received 2,503,688 hits.
From the YouTube comments: NEW series with Dr. Lustig “The Skinny on Obesity” http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appears to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009].
It’s addictive, affects our brains and is so toxic it’s responsible for increased levels of obesity, heart disease and even cancer. Yet most of us spoon it onto our breakfast cereals every morning, and it’s added to just about every manufactured food we eat. Sugar – one of Australia’s most lucrative primary industries, is sweet poison. Guest reporter Peter FitzSimons investigates the truth about this white gold. A few weeks ago, flabby and the wrong side of fifty, he read a book about sugar and it changed his life. He stopped eating sugar and the weight has dropped off. New claims suggest sugar is so addictive it should be regulated like tobacco and alcohol. The world’s most popular chef Jamie Oliver tells Peter we are abusing our children by feeding them food laced with sugar. The average Australian now eats about 33kgs of it a year. Peter goes in search of answers and asks – is sugar really bad for you, or is it just the victim of bad PR?
The final question asked in the above quote kind of hedges bets on whether sugar is bad for us or simply a victim of bad public relations. Surely that just goes to show how easy it is to fool the masses.
David Gillespie, a former corporate lawyer wrote a book about the dangers of this sweet substance: Sweet Poison – why sugar makes us fat. This was followed by another book: The Sweet Poison Quit Plan – How to kick the sugar habit and lose weight.
Chanel Seven’s Sunrise programme devoted quite some time to the topic, but it seems not many people followed the advice given. Now we are to see the debate reopened on Sunday evening’s 60 Minutes TV programme.
For years, we’ve been warned about the evils of fat. We’ve checked what’s in our food, cut out the cheese and sworn off the fries. Well, it turns out we’ve been way off target. Controversial new research suggests that the real enemy is sugar. And this stuff isn’t just making us fat, it’s slowly killing us. Tens of thousands of Australians are already suffering serious health problems due to sugar overload. But, as Allison Langdon discovered, what’s truly alarming is that this sweet poison is as addictive as the hardest of illicit drugs.
Reporter: Allison Langdon Producer: Jo Townsend
I am pleased this is being aired once again on Prime Time TV, and that many thousands of Australians will be watching it. Probably while munching on potato chips and pizza, slurping down soft drink and munching on Mars Bars too. I do hope they get the message that sugar is not healthy, can and does cause disease, and that they have been misled by governments and health agencies.
Misled? Well yes of course, because they have been spoon fed the entire fat is bad for you mantra for twenty plus years, all the while being told eat carbohydrates – eat and enjoy because they are healthy and good for you.
Sugar is not a treat we sometimes have any longer. It is in just about everything we consume, particularly processed foods. When the manufacturers took out the fat, what do you think they replaced it with to give the foods flavor? SUGAR
I am worried that if thousands of people do decide to follow the low sugar route, they will rush out and look for foods with artificial sweeteners in, or buy packets of artificial sweeteners for their tea and coffee etc.
Manmade artificial sweeteners are toxic! They can do as much harm as the substance (sugar) that people are attempting to avoid. I do hope this fact is brought up in the television program. Dr. Mercola has good information on this subject too. I personally use STEVIA. Yes there has been controversy surrounding this ancient herb, but no facts have come to light that would show it to be dangerous for human consumption. The same cannot be said about the laboratory made sweeteners.
Just before I sign off I want to mention one other health fact – or should I say BAD Health attribute of sugar.
With all the misinformation that abounds regarding fats being bad for your health, and cholesterol being the real baddie of this day and age. I think people ought to know that elevated Triglycerides (another dangerous factor when it comes to heart disease) can be caused by eating too much sugar.
My last thought:Ditch the sugar and eat the good fats! And watch the following video’s.