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Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Sugar may be bad, but High Fructose Corn Syrup is the devil!

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose and lack of fiber appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

It's a fascinating 90 minutes, but here is a link to the very best part at the 1 hour, 9 minutes, 46 seconds mark. Still, feel free to rewind and play from the beginning.

I love his comparison of sugar to alcohol (it's the same thing,) but one of his examples that really resonated with me is how he illustrates the importance of a fiber accompaniment when ingesting sugar: he uses the example of a teaspoon of sugar against an apple. Both contain the same amount of sugar but you can consume a whole hell of a lot more teaspoons of sugar, and much, much faster too, than you can apples. That's really simple and it makes sense to me.

And then there is a whole bunch of bad chemical stuff that happens in your body when you ingest sugar without the fiber along with it...but watch the video - he is a little more eloquent than me.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

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