Sugar: The Sweet, Evil, Toxic Killer

Do you keep a canister of poison on the kitchen counter next to the flour and the coffee?

Was my adorable little Italian grandmother unwittingly trying to kill me with all those wonderful baked goods?

According to a fast-growing body of evidence and an increasingly loud chorus of experts, people who offer you a cupcake or a cookie or a slice of pie would do just as well for your health by offering you a cigarette.

That sounds histrionic, but the argument is compelling and the evidence is adding up.

The following is excerpted from the New York Times Sunday Magazine

A Spoonful of Evil
Spoonful of Evil?

On May 26, 2009, University of California (SF) professor Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 1.5 million times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=dBnniua6-oM anchor=Click_here_to_see_the_Lustig_lecture.]

By the Wheelbarrow...
Wheelbarrows of Sugar

If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.

In Lustig’s view, sugar should be thought of, like cigarettes and alcohol, as something that’s killing us.

This brings us to the salient question: Can sugar possibly be as bad as Lustig says it is? Read the entire NYT article here.