Is sugar toxic: CBS’ 60 Minutes tackles health issues on sugar with Dr. Robert Lustig

By on Apr 1, 2012 in Food, Health, Television, United States Comments

The question “Is sugar toxic?” is being set to find an answer at CBS’ 60 Minutes, where special correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will talk to a fellow doctor and will discuss the theory of sugar being toxic.

According to a preview at CBS on Friday, March 30, 2012, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California will be the guest of Dr. Gupta, which will be aired on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

As noted in the report, Dr. Lustig will reveal the result of recent scientific research linking to his lecture back in 2009 titled “Sugar: The Bitter Truth“, explaining the damage caused by sugary foods and excess consumption of sugar may lead to heart disease.

“They are basically equivalent. The problem is they’re both bad. They’re both equally toxic,” Dr. Lustig was quoted telling to Dr. Gupta, referring to sugar and high fructose corn syrup, with the report noting that Americans are now consuming nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year.

“When you take the fat out of food, it tastes like cardboard. And the food industry knew that, so they replaced it with sugar…and guess what? Heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and death are skyrocketing,” Dr. Lustig added.

Apparently, Dr. Robert Lustig also treats sick and obese children, and noted that he believes his patients are primarily sick due to the amount of sugar they intake, suggesting that sugar not only leads to obesity, but to “Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease itself” as well.

On other hand, Dr. Sanjay Gupta also talked with Jim Simon, a member of the board of the Sugar Association; who pointed out that the science is “not completely clear” and to single out one food is not right.

“To say that the American consuming public is going to omit, eliminate sweeteners out of their diet, I don’t think gets us there,” Simon told Dr. Gupta, noting that long-term reduction of calories, balanced diet and exercise should be the real emphasis on health problems.

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