Patt Morrison for April 28, 2011

Sugar. Maybe it isn’t so sweet

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Cane sugar plants taken in the morning.

Sugar is omnipresent in our culture. You can’t walk down an isle in any grocery store in America without finding its presence in almost every product on the shelf. We are indoctrinated to its pleasures from the start--blowing out the candles on our birthday cake, drinking it in our “juice” or plopping it in our bags after shouting “trick or treat!” Sugar is as American as apple pie. But what if sugar were like a toxic drug to the body? What if it had addictive qualities that could lead to serious health conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and even cancer? One very prominent researcher believes sugar is a “toxin” and a “poison." Patt talks to him about why he calls sugar “evil” and high-fructose corn syrup “the most demonized additive known to man.”


Dr. Robert Lustig, division of Pediatric Endocrinology, University of California, San Francisco

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