From Dr. Robert Lustig’s “The Bitter Truth” viral YouTube lecture to Carnie Wilson’s doctor; the consensus is Americans have the sugar blues, and the white crystals are killing us.
Dr. Robert Lustig’s 90-minute lecture on Youtube that’s gone viral with more than two million watching Doctor Lustig’s “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” to the doctor who treated singer Carnie Wilson, of “Wilson Philips” fame, with her weight loss even after gastric bypass surgery, the message is clear: sugar kills. In fact, Dr. Helmuth Billy of Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates, who performed the Lap-Band weight loss surgery on the famous singer, recently reminded both Wilson and fellow doctors on “The Doctors” TV show that to remain healthy one has to “stop sugar, stop eating with ones fingers and stop eating fast food.” Doctor Billy then said no one wants to hear that, but Wilson chimed in with: “Yes, I had to stop eating sugar, eating with my fingers and no fast food.” In turn, Wilson – the daughter of famed Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson – also explained how she's struggled with her weight for years after eating too much sugar that resulted in her reaching 300 pounds and undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 1999. More recently, Wilson decided to undergo another lap-band procedure because “I needed intervention again,” Wilson told viewers of The Doctors TV show.
"I stopped taking care of myself," Carnie Wilson says. "I let my health go, and for whatever reason, I just lost that motivation and the ability to feel full. I started feeling that weighed down, tired feeling where I [couldn’t] keep up and I’ve got two young children, and I want to be there for them."
Doctors say secret to weight loss is no sugar
While there’s enough books on weight loss to fill most libraries – with the latest gimmicks on crash diets and workouts to drop pounds quickly or even the so-called special meal plans that often include sugar – both Doctor Lustig and Doctor Billy are spreading the word that it’s always been about sugar and Americans consuming too much of it as the real cause for the dramatic jumps in diabetes, cancer and other disease in today’s fast-food and eat with your fingers culture.
Also, with the CBS News “60 Minutes” headline: “Sugar and kids: The toxic truth,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s recently reported about new research showing that beyond weight gain, “sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer.”
For instance, this “60 Minutes” report asserted: “If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year?”
In turn, Doctor Gupta says this new research shows 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.”
Sugar is loaded in America’s diet
The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why Doctor Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube lecture on the dangers of toxic sugar has gone viral with more than 2 million people watching in horror at what they eat on a day-to-day basis, explained Doctor Grupta during this recent 60 Minutes special report.
“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,” explained Doctor Grupta before asking Doctor Lusting “Is sugar toxic?”
In turn, Doctor Lustig exclaimed: “I believe it is.”
Doctor Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco and a pioneer in what is becoming a war against sugar. Doctor Lusting told 60 Minutes that he was “motivated by his own patients -- too many sick and obese children,” and then concluded “that sugar, more than any other substance, is to blame.”
Also, the doctor said “obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease itself” are all linked to sugar; while also asserting how “the American lifestyle is killing us.”
Meanwhile, Doctor Lustig explained to fellow Doctor Sanjay Grupta how “seventy-five percent of it is preventable,” when pointing to common disease is “preventable if you quit or cut down on sugar consumption.”
In turn, Doctor Grupta reminded those who doubt this claim that Doctor Lustig has published a dozen scientific articles on the evils of sugar, as well as his lecture on YouTube, called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," that brought his message to the masses; while also upsetting the fast food industry and the makers of candy, sugar drinks and just about everything edible that Americans consume without thinking about the products sugar content.
Bad food is what Americans like to eat
Throughout the “60 Minutes” interview, Doctor Lusting mentions “bad food,” as being “the obvious things such as table sugar, honey, syrup, sugary drinks and desserts, but also just about every processed food you can imagine, where sugar is often hidden: yogurts and sauces, bread, and even peanut butter. And what about the man-made, often vilified sweetener, high fructose corn syrup.”
Also, Americans may notice that “high fructose corn syrup” is found in just about every “processed food” that today’s thrifty parents are buying to feed their kids. Doctor Lusting notes that both white sugar and high fructose corn syrup are ‘both equally toxic.”
Since the 1970s, sugar consumption has gone down nearly 40 percent, reported 60 Minutes, but high fructose corn syrup has more than made up the difference. In turn, Doctor Lustig says they are both toxic because they both contain fructose – “that's what makes them sweet and irresistible.”
Sugar's history goes back to the very rich
According to the publishers of Elizabeth Abbot's recent bestseller, “Sugar: A Bittersweet History, the book “is an intimate work that details the history of sugar and how it became on one of the most popular and widely used commodities in the world.”
“Abbot shows the reader how sugar is an integral part of world history by beginning the book with a history of early sugar plantations in the Caribbean. From here, she continues by focusing on sugar's involvement with the slave trade, territorial struggles, and modern politics. Abbot is not shy about unpleasant details that "sugar will kill you in a heart-beat," states a marketing promotion for the book.
Rich and poor suffer from too much sugar while beer, wine and booze is mostly sugar, states the author; while “the British Royals enjoyed sugar to death,” writes Abbot.
“The entertainment is centered on sugary representations of everything the sweets-loving Queen Elizabeth I thought would impress her royal guests. Her Majesty enjoyed a smorgasbord of candied delicacies including jellies and marmalades, fruits, nuts and seeds, and sweetmeats,” writes Abbot who noted that Elizabeth I would “nibble long and hard, for she has an insatiable sweet tooth.”
In turn, Abbot’s book features wood engraving of the “sweet loving Queen Elizabeth I smiling carefully, likely to conceal the blackened teeth that marred her appearance.”
Abbot writes that by the mid-sixteenth century, “sugar was trickling down to the middle classes, who were assisted by domestic manuals or cookbooks that promised culinary tips and recipes of the envied upper classes.”
Soft drink nation as sugared drinks called kid’s favorite
“The soft drink is the world’s primary source of sugary calories, and Coca-Cola alone accounts for one billion of a calculated 47 billion beverage servings human beings consume daily, fulfillment of the hope expressed in its classic 1971 commercial, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company.’”
Thanks to sugar in soda, food, beer, wine, booze and just about everything people consume, Abbott and the CDC state that “sugar is our number one addiction.”
People tell you they need their “sugar fix,” said one local in Eugene, Oregon, who said their health improved “when I got off the sugar.”
“Worldwide, an estimated 30 million people had diabetes in 1985. But 2000 this number had risen to 171 million, and the World Health Organization expects this to double to at least 366 million by 2030; many diabetes researchers are predicting an even steeper increase because people won’t quit sugar,” Abbot said.
Americans singing the sugar blues
“We love it,” asserted Doctor Lustig. “We go out of our way to find it. I think one of the reasons evolutionarily is because there is no food stuff on the planet that has fructose that is poisonous to you. It is all good. So when you taste something that's sweet, it's an evolutionary Darwinian signal that this is a safe food.”
Doctor Lustig also believes those sweeteners are helping fuel an increase in the most deadly disease in America: heart disease. However, the doctor is bucking the American food industry that makes money hand over fist selling products that contain sugar.
In turn, Doctor Grupta countered with “the mantra that you hear from most nutritionists is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie;” while other nutrition experts say study after study shows clearly that this view about calories being equal “is not true.”
“And guess what? Heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and death are skyrocketing,” added Doctor Lustig during the 60 Minutes interview; while also explaining how the food industry knows that “if you take the fat out of food, it tastes like cardboard. And the food industry knew that. So they replaced it with sugar.”
Overall, Doctor Lusting states: “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.”
Also, he said this issue about sugar is “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.”
Image source of a comparison of a mouse fed lots of sugar products thus resulting in obesity (left) and a normal mouse (right). Today, some doctors are bucking the nation’s food industry and revealing how “sugar kills.” Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity