“Sugar: Pure, White and Deadly”
America is a nation of sugar-lovers. Sugar is repeatedly being associated with increased aging, cardiovascular disease, obesity and even cancer. There are many different types of sugar, including glucose, fructose, lactose, maltose and sucrose (also known as table sugar). Many of these sugars, such as glucose, fructose and lactose, occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. However, many of the foods we consume contain “added” sugars, i.e., sugar that has been added to a product to enhance the flavor. Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, claims sugar is a “toxic,” addictive substance and is responsible for America’s obesity epidemic. Studies in rats have shown withdrawal signs when their sugar intake was reduced. John Yudkin was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back in 1972, in a book called Pure, White, and Deadly. Yudkin said, “If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive, that material would promptly be banned.” Sugar has become the number one dietary enemy.