While I agree that sugar should be reduced or virtually eliminated in the diet for optimal health, as Robert Lustig does, I do not agree with draconian/authoritarian approaches to reduce sugar consumption. To establish a sugar regulatory scheme, would further erode individual rights and hamper the food freedom movement by setting the dangerous precedent that the government knows best what substances you can or can not consume. I fear this type of expanded regulatory p0wer would be used to deny access to scientifically proven natural cures that are opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA. The establishment of a “sugar police”, further entrenches the Federal Government’s interference in your life and needlessly expands the rapidly growing police state in America. A better approach for a free society is to inform consumers of the dangers of sugar, and persuade them to voluntarily make healthy dietary choices.
It might taste good, but sugar is addictive and fuelling the obesity epidemic, says Robert Lustig
Your lecture on sugar has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube. Why do you think it’s had so much attention?
The obesity epidemic just gets worse and people are looking for answers. Diet and exercise don’t work and the idea that obesity is about personal responsibility has come into question. Many people have said sugar is bad, but they didn’t supply the biochemistry. I supplied that.
Do you think fructose – which along with glucose makes table sugar – drives obesity?
I don’t think fructose is the cause of obesity, but I do think it is the thing that takes you from obesity to metabolic syndrome, and that’s where the healthcare dollars go – diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
So the idea that “a calorie is a calorie” is wrong?
As far as I’m concerned that’s how we got into this mess. If a calorie is a calorie, the solution is eat less and exercise more. Except it doesn’t work. And the reason is that fructose is toxic beyond its caloric equivalent, so if you consume it instead of glucose you get more of a negative effect even if the calories are the same. It’s important that people recognise that the quality of our diet also dictates the quantity. In addition, “eat less” is a really crappy message that doesn’t work. “Eat less sugar” is a message that people can get their heads around.
Why do we consume so much sugar?