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EatingWell Interviews Robert Lustig on America's Obesity Epidemic

By Rachael Moeller Gorman, "3 Questions for the Sugar Warrior," January/February 2013

We talk with Robert Lustig about the role of government in obesity issues, why sugar is addictive and how people can lose weight.


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"After reading about what Dr. Lustig says about sugar I have completely changed the way I eat. I was under the false assumption that fruit juice, honey and agave were healthy for me. Now that I know the truth I try very hard not to eat...
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Despite how charming and convincing Dr Lustig seems in interviews and on Youtube, the most telling litmus test is to see how poorly Dr Lustig does when talking to his fellow scientists. He was certainly called out for overstating the evidence and poorly extrapolating rat research at a conference he spoke at earlier in the year - check out the Q and A video in the attached article by David Despain (as well as the other lectures)!

http://evolvinghealthscience.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/sugar-showdown-science-responds-to.html. for a full review and links to all lectures - if not just watch the Q and A at youtube.com/watch?v=ypWe6npULUQ and youtube.com/watch?v=cnGhfX2yaU4

What research shows that it is fructose that causes addiction? At the Q and A at the Sugar Symposium, Dr Lustig was called out on this and one research showed that rats liked glucose based carbs over sucrose, and another question the applicability of rat research to humans!

Also a recent rat studied suggests that it might be the sweet taste and NOT the fructose (as they used an artificial sweetener) although the article title and content gets it wrong also!

health.msn.co.nz/healthnews/8582942/sugar-as-addictive-as-cocaine-nicotine

The major issue with Dr Lustig's theory is looking at US Sugar intake over history - levels were still high in the early 20th century - so saying it is sugar is either an oversimplification or there is a threshold value that we have recently crossed. Methinks that it is a perfect storm of more sugar and less burning it up with physical activity!

http://davidgillespiesbigfatlies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sugar-intake-20th-century.jpg

David_226

12/30/2012 - 7:06am

After reading about what Dr. Lustig says about sugar I have completely changed the way I eat. I was under the false assumption that fruit juice, honey and agave were healthy for me. Now that I know the truth I try very hard not to eat anything sweet that doesn't contain the whole fruit. I am careful of hidden sources of sugar like salad dressings, pasta sauces, taco seasonings etc. I also greatly eliminated grains (carbs that turn into sugar). I'm obviously on the right path because I've lost 10lbs in the last month without cutting calories and eating bacon, cheese, full fat milk and other things that we have all been taught will make us fat.

I am a physically active colorado resident (trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking) and weight has still been a problem for me unless I strictly monitor my calories. I always ate very healthy, lots of vegetables, whole grains, avoided processed foods, etc. I've never been obese, I'm considered a normal body size, but I always seem to have weight to loose. I can't believe how easy the weight has been coming off by cutting out sugar. This has been a real eye opener. Foods that I thought were healthy were actually making me fat.

Anonymous

11/27/2013 - 4:20am



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