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.
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 the “insane” over-consumption of sugar.
A New York Times article discussed the dramatic health care savings promised by healthier lifestyle habits and diet:
“The many numbers all point in the same direction. Look at heart disease: The INTERHEART study of 30,000 men and women in 52 countries showed that at least 90 percent of heart disease is lifestyle related; a European study of more than 23,000 Germans showed that people with healthier lifestyles had an 81 percent lower risk.
And yes, we definitely know that people will buy anything that’s marketed well. Unfortunately, our current food industry doesn’t support a switch to whole, healthy foods. The food industry simply will not change without a fierce fight. Processed foods are HUGE business with great profit margins.
They have NO incentive whatsoever to switch to selling and marketing whole foods unless the market absolutely demands it. I believe the current situation can change, but only if enough people understand the simple truths of healthy eating and refuse to buy sugar-laden processed foods. Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard-affiliated pediatrician, wrote a commentary in JAMA, offering concrete suggestions to turn this disease-producing diet trend around, such as:
Regulating the marketing of food to children
Adequately funding school lunch programs
Using existing and future technologies to allow the food industry to retain profits while producing more healthful products
Those are all good suggestions, but while politicians debate and search for their moral compasses, I suggest you do your own homework and change your own diet. At least that way you won’t be part of these sad disease statistics.
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