Is Sugar Toxic? The Evidence Continues To Pile Up!


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The average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar every single year, and while that isn’t exactly good for one’s waistline, explaining a large amount of this country’s issue with obesity, sugar may be doing much more than making your favorite pair of pants difficult to button. Recent studies have found that excess sugar cannot be processed by the body and, in turn, is converted into an incredibly dangerous type of fat that enters the blood stream and raises bad cholesterol.

These studies conclude that consuming sugar can increase one’s risk of heart disease, cancer, and various other health issues, prompting many doctors and researchers to actually label sugar a toxin. Although this may sound rather harsh, studies seem to support this fact more and more each year.

A pediatric endocrinologist from the University of California, Dr. Robert Lustig, has launched a campaign to warn consumers about the harm that sugar consumption can cause. Blaming sugar for various childhood illnesses and adult health issues, Dr. Lustig has linked sugar to obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, claiming that 75% of these cases are preventable with a reduction in sugar consumption and a change in lifestyle.

The doctor is recommending that everyone reduce or eliminate sugar, honey, syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and any type of processed food from their diet. Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth with a piece of fruit, which is the only type and amount of sugar that your body is naturally able to process correctly. With these changes, Dr. Lustig believes that many of today’s common ills can be avoided entirely.

Sources:
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/28/hcsg.01.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57407294/is-sugar-toxic/?tag=re1.channel