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The Bitter Truth About Sugar

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  • Low-fat recommendations have led to a dramatic increase in sugar consumption, and it is in fact sugar, not fat, that drives heart disease
  • According to a 2013 report on sugar consumption, up to 40 percent of US healthcare expenditures are for diseases directly related to the overconsumption of sugar
  • Clinical trials have shown that those who consume high fructose corn syrup tend to develop higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease within as little as two weeks
  • The low-fat craze has been particularly harmful, because when the food industry removed the fat, they replaced it with high amounts of sugar to make the food palatable
  • As a general rule, a diet that promotes health is high in healthful fats and very, very low in sugar and non-vegetable carbohydrates, along with a moderate amount of high-quality protein

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Robert Lustig, a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, has been on the forefront of the movement to educate people about the health hazards of sugar and fructose in particular, for a number of years now.


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