Sweet! New Website Targets Toxic Sugar
A group of prominent scientists has joined forces to educate the public about everything sweet. And the message can only be described as sour, if not bitter: Sugar is everywhere, and it’s taking a steep toll on our health. A dozen scientists from three universities have teamed up and reviewed the scientific evidence regarding sugar’s impact on our health. And it’s not good news.
For instance, they take special pains to evaluate the source of published research. This seemingly inconsequential factor matters, because funding sometimes buys influence. For example, a majority of studies that concluded that sugary sodas are NOT linked to obesity were—big surprise—funded by the food industry. Studies conducted free of industry pursestrings concluded quite the opposite.
One of the founders of the new website—SugarScience.org—is Dr. Robert Lustig. Those of you who have read my book, True Nutrition-European Secrets for American Women, may recognize his name. I speak at length about Dr. Lustig’s important, groundbreaking work sounding the alarm about the dangers of sugar. Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California San Francisco, and he was among the first to label the sweet stuff “toxic”.
The new website seeks to elaborate on that premise, by presenting unbiased research and analysis regarding everything to do with sugars in our food supply. With videos, graphics and other user-friendly images, the website spells out our addiction to sugar in this country, and what it’s doing to our health. Think epidemic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, liver disease, cardiovascular disease…
To put things in perspective, consider this: The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day. That’s about 100 calories worth. A single can of soda contains eight. So, in one 24-hour period, if you drank one soda, and then drank nothing else but water, while eating absolutely nothing with added sugars, you’d still be over the recommended limit for that day. The U.S. government estimates that Americans consume at least 20 teaspoons of added sugars daily. Is it any wonder two-thirds of Americans are obese?
According to information on the SugarScience.org website, up to three-quarters of all packaged foods on American grocery store shelves feature added sugars. Given the undeniable link between sugar and disease, that’s a bitter statistic indeed. Let me know if you visit the SugarScience.org website. I’d love to hear your comments!