The Primary Reason Why Sugar is Such a Pernicious Toxin:
Many conventional diet “experts” have strongly disagreed with Dr. Lustig. They contend that sugar in fruits and table sugar in moderation are just fine and part of a normal “healthy” diet.
What they completely fail to appreciate is the obvious fact that should be hitting “every” expert square between the eyes. Fructose is the “number one” source of calories in the US. It is shocking that these supposedly “intelligent experts” fail to understand that, especially in light of the carefully elucidated biochemistry that Dr. Lustig reviews.
The central issue is that fructose is so cheap; it is used in virtually all processed foods. If one were able to keep their total fructose to below 25 grams per day, then it would not be an issue. But although it is theoretically possible, precious few people are doing that.
Remember the average person is consuming 1/3 of a pound of sugar EVERY DAY which is five ounces or 150 grams, half of which is fructose or 300% more than the amount that will trigger biochemical havoc. Remember that is the average; many consume more than twice that amount. People must be made aware that they can change their eating habit and avoid this toxin.
Sugar Consumption Fuels Disease Rates:
It’s important to realize that when we talk about “sugar,” ALL sugars are included. So when you’re evaluating your sugar consumption, you can’t stop counting once you’ve accounted for the number of spoons of table sugar you’ve added to foods and beverages. You must also include all other types of sweeteners, such as corn-based sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, and agave.
As you probably know, obesity and diabetes rates have dramatically increased in the past 30 years. These increases dovetail nicely with a profound increase in sugar/fructose consumption with the advent of inexpensive HFCS, which is now found in virtually ALL processed foods. The prevalence of added HFCS in foods and beverages is now so great that the single largest source of calories for Americans comes from fructose.
It’s loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in most processed foods; from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. Even most infant formulas contain the sugar equivalent of one 16 oz. Coca-Cola!
To put the US sugar consumption into further perspective, based on USDA estimates, the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of sugar a day, which equates to about TWO TONS of sugar during their lifetime!
Is it any wonder that the United States is the fattest of 33 countries, with a whopping 70 percent of Americans crowding into the overweight category, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development? (OECD)
There can be no doubt whatsoever that this is a direct result of excessive sugar consumption, and the fact that this sugar-rich diet fuels a number of deadly diseases is obvious, yet conventional medicine keeps ignoring the basics, seeking to find magic solutions in the form of a pill.
Do yourself and your family a huge favor, and educate yourself on the health effects of sugar, because the truth is, simply making this ONE lifestyle change of drastically reducing sugar consumption is the “miracle cure” everyone is looking for!