I’m a little late getting to this, so you may have seen it already: a compelling article in the NYTimes called “Is Sugar Toxic?”
I won’t try to summarize it here – much better if you go read it yourself. But here’s a tasty quote:
It’s one thing to suggest, as most nutritionists will, that a healthful diet includes more fruits and vegetables… It’s entirely different to claim that one particularly cherished aspect of our diet might not just be an unhealthful indulgence but actually be toxic, that when you bake your children a birthday cake or give them lemonade on a hot summer day, you may be doing them more harm than good, despite all the love that goes with it.
Crazy factoid I learned: Did you know that a few decades ago, high-fructose corn syrup was portrayed as healthier than white sugar?!
Scary factoid I learned: By the 2000s, Americans were consuming about 90 lbs. of sugar per person per year. That’s also when one in three Americans was obese, and 14 million were diabetic.
Terrifying factoid I learned: Cancer researchers believe the problem with insulin resistance is that it leads to the secretion of more insulin, and insulin (as well as a related hormone known as insulin-like growth factor) promotes tumor growth, i.e., sugar can = cancer.
One more sobering quote, and I’ll leave you to read for yourself:
“I have eliminated refined sugar from my diet and eat as little as I possibly can,” Thompson [president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center] told me, “because I believe ultimately it’s something I can do to decrease my risk of cancer.” Cantley [director of the Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School] put it this way: “Sugar scares me.”
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