“Death by sugar” is not an overstatement…

Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary factor causing not just obesity, but also chronic and lethal disease. There’s really no doubt anymore that sugar is indeed toxic to your body, and it’s only a matter of time before it will be commonly accepted as a causative factor of most cancer, in the same way as we accept that smoking and alcohol abuse are direct causes of lung cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, is one of the leading experts on childhood obesity, and has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted the major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used by the human body.

If you haven’t already seen it I would strongly encourage you to watch Dr. Lustig’s lecture.  He really is a very compelling lecturer and you will learn loads, particularly about fructose, is ruining your health biochemically.

Because as Dr. Lustig points out, sugar acts as a toxic substance that wreaks havoc on your health.

Changing Our Diets Could Save U.S. $1 Trillion per Year

For the first time in history, “lifestyle” diseases — diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers — are killing more people than communicable diseases. And treating these entirely preventable illnesses costs more than one-seventh of the U.S. GDP.  So it stands to reason that simply preventing these diseases could save the US health care system around one trillion dollars a year!  How do we prevent them?  By putting an end to this insane over-consumption of sugar.

A video posted on YouTube in July 2009 on the biochemistry of fructose has gone viral with more than 800,000 views so far. Many of those views are no doubt due to this newsletter, as my two previous articles on Dr. Lustig’s work Sugar May Be Bad, But This Sweetener is Far More Deadly, and This Common Food Ingredient Can Really Mess Up Your Metabolism alone have OVER one million views.

People are watching the lecture at the rate of 50,000 a month, even though it’s 90 minutes long, The New York Times reports. Calling sugar a “toxin” or a “poison” 13 times, and referring to it as “evil” five times, the video’s author, Robert Lustig explains that sugar is sugar, whether it’s the white granulated stuff – commonly known as sucrose – or high fructose corn syrup.

And his stance has nothing to do with calories, according to the NYT: “It’s a poison by itself,” he says.

“If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years,” the NYT says. “But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.”

The NYT added that Lustig has “a mass” of evidence to back up his claims.

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