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Is Sugar Toxic? | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

Is Sugar Toxic? | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

Toxic is a strong word with strong implications, even though it seems to be thrown around pretty lightly lately. For the purposes of physical health, a toxin is a poisonous substance that has an ill effect on the body. We all know that sugar is a source of empty calories and is said to promote cavities, but is it toxic? That is the complicated question Gary Taubes tackled in his lengthy New York Times essay last Sunday. Partly inspired by a 2009 lecture Robert Lustig gave called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube (see on page two), the question has taken on a whole new legion of askers. And although it’s high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that has become Public Enemy #1, Lustig lumps both white granulated sugar (sucrose) and HFCS in the same messy, disease-causing bowl. By the early 2000s, according to the U.S.D.A., Americans have increased consumption of ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-sugar-toxic.html

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