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Friday, 22 April 2011

Is Sugar Toxic ?

Two of the good guys, Gary Taubes on Robert Lustig.

Lustig is a specialist on paediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, which is one of the best medical schools in the country. He published his first paper on childhood obesity a dozen years ago, and he has been treating patients and doing research on the disorder ever since.

The viral success of his lecture, though, has little to do with Lustig’s impressive credentials and far more with the persuasive case he makes that sugar is a “toxin” or a “poison,” terms he uses together 13 times through the course of the lecture, in addition to the five references to sugar as merely “evil.” And by “sugar,” Lustig means not only the white granulated stuff that we put in coffee and sprinkle on cereal — technically known as sucrose — but also high-fructose corn syrup, which has already become without Lustig’s help what he calls “the most demonized additive known to man.”


Anonymous said...

Excellent article well worth reading.

AliB said...

Absolutely - you can see his lecture on Youtube, too. What the body needs above all is nutrition. Sugar doesn't have any. It robs the body blind of it's own limited resources - literally sucking the life out of us. We are living beings who need LIVE food, not dead food......

Lowcarb team member said...

Thanks for your comments, AliB.