Is Sugar Toxic?

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    By GARY TAUBES
    Published: April 13, 2011
    On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.
    Lustig is a specialist on pediatric 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.

    Quite an interesting article.

    Read the entire article here:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&ref=magazine
     
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    Ok I didn't read the whole thing just skimmed the first page a bit.

    My take? Anything in excess isn't good. Moderation is key and this goes for sugar too.
     
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    zoom is right everything must be in moderation.
     
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    For some of us metabolizing cane sugar and/or corn sugar is unhealthful.

    For the rest of us moderation is the key.

    Sugar is not really a normal part of human diets.

    Our bodies aren't really designed to deal with a lot of very simple carbohydrates like sugar and alcohol.
     
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    We run on glucose.

    Sugar itself is not dangerous. In fact the body cannot tell the difference between a calorie from processed sugar or a calorie from an apple.
     
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    'Master switch' for obesity, diabetes found...
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    Fat's 'master switch found -- could we turn it off?
    15 May`11 : Targeting gene also linked to diabetes, cholesterol could lead to new treatments for metabolic diseases
     
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    This may be true, but you can see the negative effects on a person who consumes a highly processed carbohydrate diet. As opposed to someone who gets the majority of his/her carbs from say, vegetables.
     
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    Too much of anything is toxic, but refined sugar is extra damaging.

    This is a good explanation as to why: refined sugars and carbs are essentially predigested and cause people to "mainline" glucose. No wonder Type II Diabetes is an epidemic.

    Unhappy Meals - Michael Pollan - New York Times
     
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    That's a good article. We should eat "food" and not just "chemistry". Vitamin fortified breakfast cereals are garbage just for that reason.
     
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    This is your brain on sugar -- for real...
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    Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating
    Jan 1,`13 - Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
     

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