When I got up this morning, I noticed that the #1 trending topic on Yahoo was “Is Sugar Toxic?”
I mean usually the top trending topic is JLo and whether she wore the same dress twice or the current status of Justin Bieber’s hair—so this was different!
Evidently the surge in interest is due to a 60 Minutes segment that is airing Sunday, April 1. In this report, Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Dr. Robert Lustic, a pediatric endocrinologist, who discusses his opinions on sugar which he believes is killing us.
Yes–killing us. That’s strong words, right?
In fact he believes sugar is an addictive substance that should be regulated as if it was nicotine, alchohol or even illegal drugs.
If you’re interested in how Dr.Lustic feels about sugar you might want to view his video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” on youtube which you can find here.
I’ll warn you in advance that it’s really long. Over an hour and 29 minutes.
But here’s an interesting fact from that video: Coke used to be sold in 10 ounces and is now sold in 20 oz.
And in some cases (like out here in Texas) you may find a Texas sized Big Gulp equal to 60 ounces where you can also add in a bag of doritos and a snickers bar for 99 cents.
And if you did that every day it would equal out to an extra 126 pounds per year.
I used to call this combination a “snack”.
of course, there are people who disagree that sugar is addictive, habit forming and toxic.
Like the National Soft Drink Assocation.
They have a scientist on staff who said that “there is no association between sugar consumption and obesity”.
Which kind of makes me wonder why the National Soft Drink Association even bothered to say anything at all.
I mean silence is sometimes the best option, right?
Dr.Lustig says that we were not exposed to high fructose corn syrup before 1975 but currently are consuming 63 pounds per person per year.
He says that fructose confuses the brain’s leptin signals which makes you think you are hungry and need to eat more creating an addiction that makes people driven to consume more and more.
He thinks fructose should be regulated like any other addictive substance and actually proposes that we should start carding kids for soda.
He said if parents want their children to have soda, they will have to buy it themselves because it should require an ID just like alcohol or cigarettes.
Pretty intense, right?
I’m not sure if sugar should be regulated in that way or if it is addictive for everyone but I do know this–it IS addictive for me.
No doubt about it.
I know a lot of people, though, who don’t have any issues with it. They can drink a Coke and not feel the need to go back and buy a case. Just like some people can drink a beer without needing to go buy a case.
Why do some people become addicted to alcohol while others have no issue drinking in moderation?
Why do some people become addicted to sugar while others have no issue eating it in moderation?
I’m not really sure of the answers. I just know ME.
And I am a sugar addict
Discovering this was a huge event for me. It made me realize why I had failed on virtually every single diet I ever went on.
Because they allowed sugar.
Years ago, I went on the Atkins diet which required me to regulate my sugar intake. I could not eat anything with more than 4 grams of sugar in it.
And when I did this I finally realized just how much it had affected me.
And when I let my guard down and ate ONE donut with tons of sugar I immediately and completely found myself knee deep in the sugar again. Just like an addict who had backslidden back into their drug addiction.
It only took one bite.
And before I knew it, I had gained back all 104 pounds.
And another hundred or so in the years that would follow.
So for me sugar is dangerous.
This is why I don’t eat yogurt even though it’s widely used in most diets. Unfortunately it is usually packed with sugar.
For me, this would be like lacing my diet food with heroin.
And now that I know this, I stay away from it.
Only when I began regulating my own sugar consumption did I find myself having a sense of peace and a huge decrease in my desire to overeat.
But I’m well aware that others don’t have this reaction to sugar.
So what about the rest of you?
Should sugar be shelved in the same aisle as alcohol?