Doctors, nutritionists and researchers alike have all been searching for the culprit responsible for our current childhood and adult obesity epidemic, as well as the skyrocketing rates of nutrition related chronic diseases (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, cancer and metabolic syndrome). Finally, one well-known scientist, Robert Lustig, may have come up with a convincing and bittersweet answer: Sugar. Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
and Good Calories, Bad Calories
, covered Lustig’s convincing argument, research and lectures in a recent New York Time’s Magazine article Is Sugar Toxic?
. Between Taubes’ nutrition background and eloquent writing style, and Lustig’s seemingly incontrovertible evidence and compelling public speaking abilities, you will most likely finish this article not only as a believer, but will also think twice before adding that spoonful of sugar to your next cup of coffee. While the evidence may not be conclusive just yet, Lustig and Taubes' make one thing certain: sugar may be sweet but if cutting it out (or cutting down on its consumption) means a healthy, longer life, then count me in.
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