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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.


READER'S COMMENT:
"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...

You write that the obesity epidemic arose from food becoming an addictive substance and a commodity. Why has this happened?
“Sugar is weakly addictive and has hijacked our biochemistry: 80 percent of American supermarket foods are now laced with added sugar. As [processed food manufacturers] took fat out and put sugar in, we bought more. Also, the way you make food storable—and cheaper—is to get rid of the fiber. Ultimately this is a fight between your wallet and your health.”

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