No Sugar Coating Here…

Posted on February 2, 2012


UCSF researchers are boldly going where they will surely be skewered.

In this article by Juliana Bunim, UCSF researchers stress that we – as a society – need to eliminate sugar from our diets. The science is clear: sugar is addictive, toxic and responsible for a global health crisis. Bunim writes,

At the levels consumed by most Americans, sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver – the least understood of sugar’s damages. These health hazards largely mirror the effects of drinking too much alcohol, which they point out in their commentary is the distillation of sugar.

The researchers go on to say that sugar consumption has tripled in the last 50 years. While most view sugar as “empty” calories, the researchers argue that sugar is more sinister.

What’s missing from this story is the fact that most “sinister” sugar comes from processed foods. Natural sugars (from fruit or honey) are fine because our bodies can metabolize those.  It’s the added sugar from Franken-foods like processed chips, cakes, pies, sodas and yogurt that is the problem. Yes, we should limit sugar but we should eliminate processed foods altogether.

The researchers don’t call out the food industry yet they say campaigns similar to those curbing tobacco use should be employed. This includes education, taxes on sugar-filled foods and legislation limiting access and addressing licensing issues for suppliers.

That’s bold stuff. What do you think?