I found Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s report that sugar is toxic to be worth taking note. On Thursday, my blog post will feature an article from Dr. John McDougall offering a different view point suggesting that sugar can be used adding pleasure to the satisfaction of starches. Personally, I think that John McDougall’s perspective is right on, and I do think that overall, most people eat way too much sugar. I’ve discovered over the years that I can make the starches that I eat taste great without the sugar. For me, added sugar, chicken, fish, beef, pork and dairy all are toxic. We do have a public health crisis. 65% of us are overweight and have the diseases of obesity. Obesity and its resulting diseases are preventable with a balanced diet of vegetables, whole grains and fruit.

Is Sugar Toxic with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

(CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.

The following script is from “Sugar” which aired on April 1, 2012. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Sumi Aggarwal, producers.

The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why our story tonight is so important. New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers, including heart disease.

As a result of these findings, an anti-sugar campaign has sprung up, led by Dr. Robert Lustig, a California endocrinologist, who believes the consumption of added sugars has plunged America into a public health crisis.

Dr. Robert Lustig agrees — we need a balanced diet — but his idea of balance is a drastic reduction in sugar consumption. To that end he co-authored an American Heart Association report recommending men should consume no more than 150 calories of added sugars a day. And women, just 100 calories. That’s less than the amount in just one can of soda.

Dr. Robert Lustig: Ultimately this is a public health crisis. And when it’s a public health crisis, you have to do big things and you have to do them across the board. Tobacco and alcohol are perfect examples. We have made a conscious choice that we’re not going to get rid of them, but we are going to limit their consumption. I think sugar belongs in this exact same wastebasket.

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