Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sugar: Toxic and Addictive

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New studies support claim that 'sugar is toxic'

The high amount of sugar consumption in America is “toxic” and is ultimately killing us, according to one California doctor – and new research may support his theory, CBS News reported.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, said he believes the main reason obese children get sick is due to the amount of sugar in their diet. According to Lustig, high sugar ingestion leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and even heart disease.

Research out of the University California-Davis is now backing up his claim. The study showed that excess consumption of high fructose corn syrup increases a type of artery-clogging cholesterol – which in turn increases the risk for heart disease.

Americans consume nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per year – including both sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Lustig said that metabolically, there is no difference between the two.

“They are basically equivalent,” Lustig told CBS News. “The problem is they’re both bad. They’re equally toxic.”

The UC-Davis study also showed that calories from added sugars are different from calories in other foods. Nutritional biologist Kimber Stanhope told CBS News the liver gets overloaded with fructose and then converts it to fat. This fat then gets into the bloodstream and creates “small dense LDL” – which forms plaque in the arteries.

Eric Stice, a neuroscientist at the Oregon Research Institute, revealed that sugar is also extremely addictive – similar to some drugs, like cocaine. [emphasis mine]

Stice conducted many MRI scans of frequent soda drinkers, ice cream eaters and other sugar lovers, and found that the more sweet foods a person eats, the more he or she builds up a tolerance. The more sugar a person consumes, the less satisfaction that person feels – resulting in eating more and more.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/02/new-studies-support-claim-that-sugar-is-toxic/?intcmp=features#ixzz1qzf5SiSw

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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) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

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"Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed." –- Friedrich Nietzsche

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